Thursday, July 5, 2018

Mutt and Jeff

Mutt and Jeff was the first successful American newspaper comic printed as a strip of panels instead of a single panel. It originated back in 1907 and at first focused on a single character.

It later became a comic book. Here is the comic being used as an advertisement for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Captain Marvel Junior

This Captain Marvel Junior comic book was published in 1947. The character actually first appeared in 1941. He was actually a spin off of the Captain Marvel superhero in that he turned into Captain Marvel but as a teenage boy.

He also said "Captain Marvel" to transform instead of saying "Shazam".

Friday, June 8, 2018

Fritzi Ritz

Fritzi Ritz started out as a somewhat shallow figure who mainly thought about men and clothes and money. Eventually she became a down to earth woman when Nancy came along. Nancy started out as a house guest but somewhere along the line Fritzi was Nancy's aunt. I'm speaking of  Nancy from the Nancy and Sluggo comic.

I always liked this cartoon but don't you even think I'm that old. :-) Fritzi got her start in 1922. Sh was still going strong in the funnies in the 60's.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Beetle Bailey

Beetle Bailey has always been one of my favorite cartoon characters, even before I joined the army. I wish it was in the public domain so more stories could be created but unfortunately it is not.

This cartoon script pretty much sums up the relationship between Beetle and Sergeant Snorkel.

Remind you any of Gomer Pyle and Sergeant Carter?

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Comics From the Past

Enjoy these comic panels from the past. The one with the brainy boy coming home from school reminds me of Young Sheldon.

Am I right?

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Learn to Draw Cartoons - Introduction

This book is from the 1950's and is an outstanding cartoon course. It is in the public domain so I'll share it with you. This is the opening page and shows you some of what you will learn about drawing cartoon faces.

Bookmark this page. I'll add excerpts from time to time from the book. The book is long and wordy so I'll only pass on the meat of the lessons. One of the words of advice from the book says to keep it simple.

Try to sketch some of these faces.

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Marvel Family Comic Book

I came across this comic at ComicBookPlus. Captain Marvel is still somewhat popular but I confess I don't know much about him except that there were numerous versions of him.

In this comic three kids actually get changed to the Marvel Family when two of the kids say "Shazam" and one says the name of his hero, Captain Marvel He is the one who becomes Captain Marvel.

They all fly. I keep saying Shazam and Captain Marvel but nothing is happening.