Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Walter Foster and "Modern Cartoon"! 2 of 2

The second half of Walter Foster's art instruction book "Modern Cartoons" with the bulk of the art by Hal Rasmussen. 

Being the comic strip junkie that I am, it's always seemed odd to me that I never heard of Rasmussen or his strip featured here, "Aggie Mack" anywhere except for in the Walter Foster books.  I haven't done much research, but if I were to hazard a guess...judging by Rasmussen's style (which I think is great BTW, I don't mean at all to disparage it) he was probably an animator at one of the studios of the time, and decided to break into newspaper syndication with a strip that just didn't have much impact or last very long.

Anyone with more knowledge of this artist and his strip?  Please let me know.

As Lysdexicuss pointed out in the comic section yesterday, these females is LOADED with pulchritude, and I have to admit that as a youngun I used to borrow these from my older brother NOT to practice drawing styles (that's what the published comics in newspapers and comic books were for!), but to admire the purty gals. 

Let's point out here that I was easily even younger than the cartoon objects of my affection at the time, and I infer no perversity.


This half as some samples of magazine panel cartoons in it, in addition to Rasmussen's lush line-work.  The comics may be dated in content, but the values they were teaching graphically is rock solid and valuable today!

Read on!

Talk to you soon!


Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

This is one of those books I let go in a purge, before I had a scanner, and I've always regretted it (how much space does this book take up? None). I perused this book a hundred times or more when I was a young teen, learning to draw. My wash painting techniques, that I've used for years, were gleaned from that very page of the girl and the horse.

It's so wonderful to see the book again.

Thanks Unca Jeffy. You perform a great service here for cartoon lovers.

Jeff Overturf said...

A ringing endorsement to be sure...THANKS, Thomas!

Glad I could stir up those good feelings!

Michel Francois said...

Aggie Mack 008 (c2c) 36 pages - 1949

Jeff Overturf said...

Now THAT'S awesome. I haven't been to the DCM in a while and that's great to see Michel!

I dig their new banner by Fred Hembeck too!

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