TODAY’S FEATURED ITEMS: The Marc Deckter challenge is over at the ASIFA Hollywood Animation Archive, but they have a bonus day today… a generous helping of the very inspiring Salesman Sam by C.D. Small and more Milt Gross (plus a Chic Young Blondie Sunday)! Boy, I’d like to see a book of those Salesman Sam strips. Click the image below to go there.
David Steinlicht‘s weekly comic is one of my favorite things on the web (it also appears in the In This Corner St. Paul Pioneer Press print edition every Thursday)… click the below image for his latest.
Shaenon Garrity brings us a bunch of pages of beautiful, obscure and forgotten manga in two different posts here and here.
The Stripper’s Guide brings us a lovely example of Mrs. Bumps’ Boarding House by Dwig. Click the below image to view it.
TODAY’S FEATURED ITEMS:
Another huge pile of great Sunday strips from the
courtesy of the Marc Deckter Challenge (which is over now)… lots more Gross and Messmer. Check them out ASIFA Hollywood Animation Archive here and here.
In their ongoing scans of the Nedor comics line,
brings us The Black Terror versus a gorilla… click the above image to go there. Nedor-a-Day
TODAY’S FEATURED ITEM: More amazing classic newspaper pages posted today at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive, courtesy of their MARC DECKTER CHALLENGE… Messmer, DeBeck, Sterrett, Gross and more! Click the image above to go there!
TODAY’S FEATURED ITEMS: John Adcock at brings us Yesterday’s Papers another great A.D. Condo (among other delights)… Everett True strip
brings us another huge batch of gorgeous scans of old Sunday newspaper strips, featuring Otto Messmer and Milt Gross in the fourth day of the ASIFA Hollywood Animation Archive Marc Deckter challenge…
The Stripper’s Guide brings us the weekly batch of Herriman rarities in their ongoing Herriman Saturdays feature…
and Comicrazys both bring us some Harvey Kurtzman rarities… Those Fabuleous Fifties
Lots of other good stuff in the links today too… have fun!
ASIFA Animation Archive is offering a great deal for donations…
One of our most steadfast supporters is Marc Deckter. Marc is allowing us to digitize hundreds and hundreds of rare 1930s Sunday pages from his extensive collection. Last year, Marc issued a challenge to readers of this blog. Today, he is challenging you to help again.
Contribute $20 to the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive through the PayPal link below, and Marc will provide us with a vintage Sunday page to publish here on the website. Donate $50 and he will share three of them… donate $100 and he will allow us to post eight pages. Purchase one of these hard drives and have it shipped to the Archive, and Marc will post FORTY rare Sunday pages! Marc has classic Otto Messmer Felix the Cat, Chic Young’s Blondie, Cliff Sterrett’s Polly and Her Pals, Milt Gross Sunday and other great pages ready to go. All you have to do to see them is contribute. As the total rises, Marc is prepared to throw in some extra treats, like he did last year. When you contribute, everyone benefits.
They have already posted a huge number of great strips from this promotion… please do give them money! Click the above image to go see some great comics!
Tom Spurgeon points us to this amazing golden age comics download site at goldenagecomics.co.uk Im pretty sure I’ve linked there before, but this is the first time I have explored it in detail… they have a ton of amazing public domain golden age books for free. What a resource!
Note that you can find links to software for viewing the comics here (they are .cbr files).
Click the cover of
Animal Comics #23 featuring Walt Kelly’s Pogo above (one of the many, many comics available there) to go to the site. Here’s a link to the Animal Comics they have available.
Note that you will need to create and account to download the comics. Note also that they take down comics if they come to believe they are not in the public domain… many of the Dell comics listed are no longer available for this reason… there is no EC or DC, among other notable omissions.
No matter, they have an utter overload of amazing stuff… don’t miss this site!
Among his usual heap of great stuff he is posting daily on his blogs, John Adcock brings us the full version of the previously truncated Frederick Opper Katzenjammer strip I linked to the other day. Click the above image to see it.
Finally, two more great lists from our friends at another overwhelming site full of old comics,
Ten Final Hearty Recommendations From Your Other Pal, Holmes! and Ten More Must-See Strips from your pal, Thrillmer
More FallCon Sketch Cards
Obscurity of the Day: Bronc Peeler
Yoda sketchbook vol. 2 page 18 – Daniel Clowes
Triumph Over Terror
Fantastic Worlds #5 Cover
Meet Me in the Cemetery
Killer From Hicksville
Action Comics #59 (1943)
Number 376 Rocky X is stranger than strange!
I’d walk a Mile if I could Wednesday Advertising Day
Women Wonâ€™t Be Attracted to You
The First 100 Years
Before Popeye II
Robotman + Bazooka: The Atom Bubble Boy
My Pal “Foot… Foot…” from “Little Lulu” #94, 1956
Little Nemo 1913-05-04
Another British Strip — Choochi and Twink
Marc Deckter Challenge Day One
Infinite Kung Fu, part 3
Nihilists in blackface: “Tom And Jerry” from OUR GANG COMICS #17, 1944
Man From Planet X [Re-Post by Request!]
Katzies Ghosts : Frederick Burr Opper
The Jackass Story
Little Nemo 1913-04-27
My husband keeps telling me to go to hell…
Another Milestone: Time For The Marc Deckter Challenge!
Appointment in Hades
The Fighting Yank: Some Crooks Will Do Anything
Flying Fists And Glamour
What’s a Coogy? Tuesday newspaper strip day.
Obscurity of the Day: Professor Hypnotiser
Blue Bolt, Vol. 6, No. 6 (N0. 62)
Freckles – 01/31/1945
SEXCAPADES THE LOVE LIFE OF THE MODERN HOMO SAPIENS by Al Ross
Box Tape Passage
The Horrors of RE-POST!
Der Dough vas Haunted
Minneapolis Jam: September 2008
DIRT IN THE AFTERNOON
Friday Distraction: Golden Age Comics Downloads Site
Children’s Books: Les mauvaises tÃªtes de Coquinet
Children’s Books: Jim Flora
New York! Philadelphia! Comic art shows!
Four More More
Setting Sail with Boner’s Ark
Chocolate Cheeks for 9/5/08
Newspaper Comics Fans Look To Opus and Berke Breathed For Signs and Clues
Golden Age Comics Downloads
Freckles – 01/30/1945
Itâ€™s fine, but is it art?
Design: Mice and Duck Model Sheets
*America’s Best Comics #31 ~ July/1949*
*Story art by* Ruben Moreira
Spectator Sport Friday Comic Book Day
*The Black Terror #27 ~ June/1949*
*Exciting Comics #65 ~ Jan/1949*
The Black Terror
More Mr. Muscles + Kid Muscles!
Semper Fi and all that jazz…
Ten Final Hearty Recommendations From Your Other Pal, Holmes!
Two Domestic Comedies
J. R. Williams (1888-1957)
John Campbell Cory (1867-1925)
The Li’l Bad Wolf in Dietary Dilemma (WDCS 59)
John R. Neill’s Nip and Tuck 1909
Little Nemo 1913-04-06
Dr. Strange: At Grips With the Giant Electru
The Vampire Maker!
Sun strips 4 December 1967
Freckles – 01/27/1945
Melvin of the Apes Saturday leftover Day.
The Little Journeys of Nip and Tuck Pt. 2
Coming Soon A Trip to the Moon
Do You “Dunc”? selections from “Dunc ‘n’ Loo” #1 and 3, 1961/2
Nip and Tuck Pt. 3
Bernard Dibble’s “Johnny Doughboy”
Nip and Tuck Pt. 4
Science Fiction Pioneer
Terror in Town (+ Crazy Blogs!)
The Space Treasure
Little Nemo 1913-04-13
Number 374 I Shagged The World!
Freckles – 01/29/1945
Rufus and Flook Versus Moses Maggot 2
Pigtales: Comedy Comics #33 1946 – Harvey Kurtzman
The Daffy Taffy Pull (WDCS 175)
Chartier Le Samedi Cover
More Spector Speculation Sunday Leftover Day
Twenty-seven years before Modok
“The Amazing Tots of Smallville!”
Little Nemo 1913-04-20
Jim Ivey’s Sunday Comics
Samuel Spaniel vs. The Carrot Addict
He Who Laughs Last
Traitors To The Earth
Number 375 Nancy and Sluggo’s weird world
Not Attracted to This
Ten More Must-See Strips from your pal, Thrillmer
Lickety-Whop: Captain Easy Versus Everybody Part 04
80s Japanese comic strip about Wozniak, Jobs, and Apple
More Strips from the Past: Archie
When Russia was awesome (Part 1)
Freckles – 01/26/1945
So much great stuff… way too much to look at. I take a couple weeks off from this stuff, and the length of this thing just gets ugly. I don’t know what to feature today… Wolverton obscurities? Fox & Crow comics? More Herriman? Walt Kelly? Arch Dale? I’d feature the Chris Ware link the Comics Reporter pointed me to, but the resolution is terrible.
How about a Flip the Frog comic? Flip the Frog? He had comics? I guess he did… presented courtesy of
Comicrazys, click the image below to see it.
But then there’s the
ASIFA – Hollywood Animation Archive, doing amazing work as usual. Not only do they deliver the goods, but they do it with big, gorgeous scans. Some choice old newspaper funnies featuring Cliff Sterrett, Milt Gross, Clare Briggs and more are there today. Click the image below to go drool over them.
Those are sure great, but I gotta point to this as well… an inked version of the
Wally Wood Spawn of Venus story I ran the pencils for previously, thinking they had not been inked… Courtesy of the Golden Age Comic Book Stories blog. Click on the image below to view it.
I’LL WATCH YOU WORK
National Cartoonist Society Profile: Walt Kelly
A heppy lend
ElfQuest goes online
Kirby Kolor, A Kirby Myth
The Wide Angle Scream, More Pinups
Some Obscure Simon and Kirby
More Obscure Simon and Kirby
A Date Without Romance
Itâ€™s a Crime, Chapter 1, Promoting Crime
Itâ€™s A Crime, Chapter 2, A Revitalized Title
Itâ€™s A Crime, Chapter 3, Competing Against Themselves
Simon and Kirby Take On Kiddy Comics
Alan Moore, Peter Bagge and Kool-Aid Man
Dash Shaw deconstructs BBB
Chocolate Cheeks for 7/18/08
Debuting at Comic-Con: SUBLIFE
Lickety-Whop: Capt Easy Vs. Everybody
Friday Distraction: British Cartoon Archive
Milt Gross Character Designs
Milt Gross, Funny Animals and Meanest Man plus Meat
Mort Drucker’s Girls
Leon On Vacation
Revelation Offers Hope
Look Out for Motorcycle Mike
Go, Look: Superman/McCay Visuals
Chocolate Cheeks for 7/29/08
CR Sunday Preview: “Last Gig in Shnagrlig,” by Gilbert Shelton and Pic
Satirical WWI maps
Chocolate Cheeks for 8/1/08
Go, Look: Chris Ware’s Powerless
*Adventure Comics #151 ~ April/1950*
Frank Frazetta For a little over a year, late 1949
“Sock-a-Bye Kitty”…in comics
The Good Old Days – 05/21/1960
A visit with Basil Wolverton
Little Nemo 1912-03-10
New Strip! Bill and Budd, the Bird Boys!
“Wait right here, Foxie! I’ll be right back!”
Out Our Way – 11/06/1940
Pauline McPerils – 01/01/1967
Not Too Much Fun in the Sun
Claire Voyant #2 cover
Rules for Tourists
Claire Voyant #2
Little Nemo 1912-03-17
ONE LOVELY DRAWING, part 20
New Strip! Bud â€˜Nâ€™ Bub!
Fritz in Legs
*Number 345* * The doomed frat boys*
Pauline McPerils – 08/07/1966
Room and Board – 12/22/1943
“Colds is only Imagination!”
Really Scary Funny Animal Comics
Frank Robbins’ JOHNNY HAZARD
Little Nemo 1912-03-31
Mortimer Magic in Big Mistake
Welcome back! Monday cartoon day.
*Number 346* * “…through the sewer like a cannonball!”*
Obscurity of the Day: Vic Jordan
Sheldon Mayer Funny Animal Comic Book Scans Links
Pauline McPerils – 08/21/1966
The Gumps – 10/30/1935
“Will one of you smart looking gentlemen assist me on the platform?"
Scribbly! (No. 1-A)
Little Nemo 1912-04-07
The Monster in the Maze
Adventures into Darkness #10 cover
Pauline McPerils – 09/04/1966
Winniw Winkle – 12/13/1939
A Bob Wickersham Moment
Wally Wood 1927 ~ 1981 Flash Gordon
Flessel With The Pessel Tuedsay newspaper strip
New and Old
VIP – Virgil Partch
Little Nemo 1912-04-14
Too Old to Live
The Black Terror in a Trip to Chile
Number 347 * The Devil Dancers*
“Fadder Time” would love this!
I can’t figure out where this *Meteor Murphy* strip…
Pauline McPerils – 10/23/1966
Flash Gordon – 12/25/1955
Basil Wolverton 1909 ~ 1978
A Pest in the House
Golden Age Wonder Woman Crack
The paper with the prints. Wednesday Ad Day Looking
Freckles – 01/13/1945
Little Lulu #63 (1953)
Mickey Mouse, Boxing Champion Part 2
Scribbly! (No. 1-B)
Little Nemo 1912-04-21
For the evening of July 23rd – New Issue of Problems – Red Threat!
Golden Age Wonder Woman Crack
Down in the Cellar
Pinto in BULL!
Obscurity of the Day: Doesn’t It Seem Strange
Freckles – 01/15/1945
Boots and her Biddies – 04/1936
Jeanie manipulation. Thursday story day.
Not Just Another Pretty Face: Zero Hero – Starbright
Toles & David 1896
Quiet Evening in 1901
Supermouse vs. Cooper Mouse
Satan Is Waitinâ€™
Danders’ Search for Love
Coo-Coo Comics #16 cover
Little Nemo 1912-04-28
The Pit of Horror!
*Number 348* * Pussycat the Bunnycat!*
“Whack’s Museum” from Arrgh! #1 (Marvel Comics)
Obscurity of the Day: Of All Things
*Artwork by* *Bernie Krigstein*
*Artwork by* *Reed Crandall*
*Artwork by* *Al Williamson & George Evans*
*Intended for the unpublished* *EC 3-D #3 ~ 1954*
Freckles – 01/16/1945
Right on Target. Friday comic book day.
Wings of Death!
Captain Future: The Case of the Black Mailing Shrink
The batteries that keep on going…
Meet the Moocher
Freckles – 01/17/1945
Mickey Mouse, Boxing champion part 3
Life Like That – 10/06/1968
Boots and her Buddies – 05/1936
Boots and her Buddies – 05/05/1968
Home Sweet Home – #67 – 1937
THE PEPSI-COLA COPS
Maple Leaf Comics
Comics: JoJo Shares His Treasures
Little Nemo 1912-07-21
Paint a Picture in Crimson
Berty Bird and the Killer Snake
Down Hi & Lois Lane Again Wednesday Advertising Strip
Number 355 The Ghost Patrol reinforces their ectoplasm!
“Sooky’s Other Self” (cont.)
“Sooky’s Other Self” from Startling Comics #47 (Nedor)
Obscurity of the Day: Uncle Jim and Tad and Tim
Forbidden Worlds #138
The Graveyard Wanderer
Little Nemo 1912-05-12
Number 349 * Sparky Watts and the Walking Mummy*
“Way Down Yonder in Corn”
Freckles – 01/18/1945
Li’l Abner – 11/22/1967
Boots and her Buddies – 09/1936
Jim Ivey’s Sunday Comics
Dinky: The Amateur Dentist – Jim Tyer
Little Nemo 1912-05-19
Bang! Bang! Continued
If you try and fail, try and fail again. Sunday leftovers
New Strip! The â€œHurry Upâ€ New Yorker!
Scribbly! (No. 1 C & D)
Lois Lane Annual #1
Pasha the Persian: Illustrated 1936 – Milt Gross
Adam the Chimp
Step into My Empty Shroud
Woman in Red: Murder in a Riverdale Mansion
Number 350 John Stanley’s Woody
Obscurity of the Day: Annie Oakley
Li’l Abner – 08/24/1947
There Oughta be a Law – 9/26 1950’s
Ketcham if you can! Monday cartoon day.
Of Birthdays And Kings
Freckles – 01/19/1945
All-Winners Comics #1
Mutt and Jeff
Little Nemo 1912-05-26
Snowzer in Bone-Head
These, My Hands of Doom
Freckles – 01/20/1945
Anyone for Dennis? Tuesday strip day.
Hewlett & Martin’s The 16s
The Case of the Well Bred Worms (Little Lulu 58)
Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane #13
A lurid TRUE CRIME cover from Jack Cole
Mighty Bear, Vol. 1, No. 1
Lair of the Black Widow
Fighting Yank and the Enemy’s Airplane Factory
Fighting Yank #12 cover
Pencil Test is Finished!
Little Nemo 1912-06-02
Spirit and ________(fill in the predictable blank)
*Number 351* * She Kamen through the bedroom windowâ€¦*
Obscurity of the Day: The Kerry Patch Triplets
Beano Birthday Bash
Ghost Who Walks… Man Who Never Dies (Re-Post)
Late arrival. Wednesday ad Day As I said, Hank Ketcham…
“Jimmy Olsen’s Sweethearts!”
J. Millar Watt (1895-1975)
Some nice work from Leslie Turner
Little Nemo 1912-06-09
Comic Books: Jim Tyer’s Funny Animal Comics
New Strips! The Newlywedsâ€™ Baby and Their Only Child!
Jim Ivey’s Sunday Comics
Skinny McGinty – Because Golden Age wasn’t just weird…
Channel Chuckles – 07/30/1961
Girl Friends – 09/09/1931
*Larry Ivie’s Monsters and Heroes* #1-#7 ~ 1967-1970…
Life Drawing Sunday 33: C. D. Gibson 1897
Blondie – 02/01/1946
Boots and her Buddies – 07/16/1940
Boots and her Buddies – 07/17/1940
Blondie – 12/06/1962
Sergio Aragones vs. Anthony Edward Stark
Little Nemo 1912-07-07
Rand Holmes (1942-2002)
The Malignant Mummy
Bill West and Little Fox in The Valley of Vanishing Men!
A Safari of Death!
Number 354 The Comic Book Goodguy
“The Pigeons of Flame” (cont.)
Rulah, Jungle Goddess and “The Pigeons of Flame”
Boots and her Buddies – 07/18/1940
Avon’s The Unknown Man (1951)
Scribbly! (No. 2-A)
When Golden Age was actually kind of progressive
PEPSI AND PETE (1941-1942)
Prince Vollant by Poissant
Ketcham lighting In Bottle Monday Cartoon day.
Robotman Comics…Good Ol’ Fashioned Comic Fun!
Little Nemo 1912-07-14
Let’s Go MAD
Vengeance of the Tiger Queen
Teenage Love Affair
“The Corpses That Wouldn’t Stay Dead!” (Part IV)
“The Corpses That Wouldn’t Stay Dead!” (Part III)
“The Corpses That Wouldn’t Stay Dead!” (Part II)
Seaching Hi and Lois Tuesday gagstrip day.
Normally I don’t do requests…
Many a Brave… Thursday newpaper story day.
Arch Dale (1882-1962)
Little Nemo 1912-06-16
Lardy the Pig in Chicken
Ragsy in My Pal
The Devil from the Deep
Clan Of The Cave Girl
Number 352 C’mon, get Happy! Dan Barry was a hotshot
Obscurity of the Day: Double Eagle & Company
Walter Ball (1911-?)
The Fright-tinged Airboy/Valkyrie Romance – Part 3
*Richard Corben* *Some work from the 1970’s*
More J. Millar Watt
Hear Ye Hear Ye! Friday comic book day.
The Michael Maltese Falcon
Homeless Homer in a Safe Place to Live
Jetta in “Jet Jaunt”
The Eerie World of Don Orehek
A Kingdom of the Dead
Stimp Me Saturday leftover day. Wow.
Pop-Gun Pete (cont.)
Pop-Gun Pete, Rose of the West (Fox Comics)
Blood And Roses
Long before the *San Diego Trade Show*
Comic Con: Mad Magazine
Little Nemo 1912-06-30
Little Nemo 1912-06-23
Strange Warner Brothers Comic Book Crossovers – Elmer Fudd Meets Henry Bear and Family
Sergio Aragones- The Sword and the Son (Plus-Wakandickery!)
The Weird Worlds of Pete Wyma
The Shrunken Skull
The Black Terror vs. Dr. Ghoul
Black Terror #10 cover
Number 353 Typhoon Tyler
Sideways Jeanie Sunday leftover day.
“The plot is out there”
The Talking Skull + The Purple Claw Origin
Flip The Frog Annual: Wild West 1931
Haunted House on a Hill
“Your mileage may vary”
The Still-Kinky Airboy/Valkyrie Romance – Part 5.2
Not as Controversial as the New Yorker Cover…
Here’s one of the two cartoon adaptations of Milt Gross’
. It isn’t a very good translation of the feel and charm of the comic strip, but it is fun and very well animated. The loony bin is nowhere to be seen. Why they decided to change Iggy’s name to J.R. the Wonder Dog I have no idea… and they stole his funny hat! You can see the other Count Screwloose cartoon, Count Screwloose Wanted: No Master (also from 1939), here.
Note that this cartoon contains offensive racial depictions, and if this sort of thing offends you deeply you may not want to watch it.
Read more about this cartoon on the Big Cartoon Database.
Read more about Milt Gross on Wikipedia.
Read about Count Screwloose on Don Markstein’s Toonopedia.
If you have $595 bucks laying around, you could buy
this painting by wild cartoonist Milt Gross on Ebay right now… many more pics and the story of the painting at the link.
#127 Milt Gross
Click on the above image to see the full Count Screwloose strip I scanned from November 23, 1930. Rudy Megaphone is a satire of singer Rudy Vallee, by the way.
Milt Gross’ comics drip slapstick. I don’t think Milt Gross aspired to do much with his comics other than make people laugh… and he was very good at it. That said, he wrote what may be the first graphic novel,
She Done Him Wrong (a.k.a. Heart of Gold… recently reprinted by Fantagraphics). I wish someone would do a nice big reprinting of his newspaper work. Don’t miss the ASIFA Hollywood Animation Archive link below… great stuff!
See a number of great scans of Milt Gross comics at the ASIFA Hollywood Animation Archive here.
See some Milt Gross comics on Bugpowder here.
Read the Toonopedia entry on Milt Gross here.
Read the Lambiek Biography of Milt Gross here.