Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sunday Funnies June 4, 1955 - part 3 of 4

The Sunday Funnies has a couple of highlights in this section of the Chicago Daily News....real treats.

First up, Walt Kelly's masterful "Pogo".  Every panel a gem, every word balloon poetry.  This is what "awesome" meant before it applied to pizza, too.

Fred Neher's "Life's Like That".  Another multi-single page strip which started to loom on the horizon in the 1950's.  A sign of America's shortening attention span and I''m sure also, a way for newspapers to chop up and give more space over to advertising.  The beginnings of the comics page shrinking.  No offence to Neher, the strip is breezy Sunday morning reading.  He did hsi job.

When I was a kid, the comic book racks were still full of humor comic's based on animated characters.  And I mean all of 'em.  Terrytoons, Looney Tunes, Lantz Tunes, Disney Toons...ALL had their rag newsprint counterparts.  I always had a few laying around (though never collected any avidly) but they were always off-putting slightly,  The characters didn't look the same of act the same as they did on the screen or TV.  I of course now understand that different media call for different ways of story-telling.  I have a new respect for them and the artistry that went into them.  THAT was comic books, my local newspaper never carried any of the strip variations of this phenomenon, so it's nice to see samples like this.  

So much to read, so little time.

Oh...that was a long-winded way of saying..."Here's Bugs Bunny!"

THIS uncredited strip, "Mr. Rumbles" looks pretty interesting.  The art is solid, and the concept a new one for newspapers.  I'm love to see some more.

Happy Sunday, kiddoes.  See ya all for more next week.

Talk to you soon.


Ger Apeldoorn said...

You want Mr. Rumbles? I'll give you Mr. Rumbles. It was a shortlived strip by Jack Sparling. I have to have a look if the Disney film Doby Gilles had anything to do with it or if there was another reason why someone would have thought Irish little men were popular.

Jeff Overturf said...

Thanks, Ger!!! Darby O'Gill...Sean Connery's finest musical performance if ya ask me!

Ger Apeldoorn said...

And from 1959, so I waas wrong. A bit of googling shows that leprechauns were all over the plzce in 1954 and 1955 and I guess before and after that. Blame it on the Irish connection.

Jeff Overturf said...

Well, I'm STILL after their Lucky Charms!

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