Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Video: Lincoln Peirce's "Big Nate" Becomes Nickeloden TV Series

Congratulations to Lincoln Peirce on his comic strip and book series "Big Nate" hitting the small screen!

Monday, February 24, 2020

From the Dick Buchanan Files: 1950s Color Magazine Gag Cartoons

It's a busy week for me, so I am handing things over to Dick Buchanan. Dick will show you some of the gag cartoons he's collected through the years. My sincere thanks to him contributing! Take it away, Dick!


Once again I have emerged from my tiny studio in New York’s scenic Greenwich Village with a handful of mid century gag cartoons to share.

These cartoons are part of a collection which was painstakingly clipped from the pages of America’s great magazines, sorted haphazardly and then carefully stored away in poorly marked cardboard boxes for decades.

This selection is from a folder labeled COLOR CARTOONS: 1950’s.

Just a few cartoons from some of the best cartoonists of the era.

1. STAN FINE. Collier’s. January 20, 1956

2. ED NOFZIGER. Back when animals were funnier than they are today, Ed Nofziger was the acknowledged creature cartooning master. Here’s a great example. The Saturday Evening Post. c. 1950’s

3. MARTIN LOWENSTEIN. American Magazine. December, 1952

4. JERRY MARCUS. Good job on a really old show biz gag. The Saturday Evening Post. January 13, 1951

5. MORT TEMES. Collier’s January 7, 1957

6. WALTER GOLDSTEIN. American Magazine. December, 1951

7. FRANK RIDGEWAY. Ridgeway’s comic strip Mr. Abernathy debuted in 1957. American Magazine. March, 1953

8. GREGORY d’ALESSIO. Mr. d’Alessio was a marvelous cartoonist, painter and longtime Art Students League faculty member. Collier’s. January 7, 1955

9. DICK CAVALLI. Collier’s. March 28, 1953

10. GAHAN WILSON. Collier’s. May 27, 1955

11. BARNEY TOBEY. Mr.Tobey did hundreds of cartoons for Colliers and a few covers as well. Collier’s. October 15, 1954

12. DANA FRADON. Collier’s. June 22, 1956

13. BOB SCHROETER. American Magazine. March, 1953

14. KATE OSANN. Kate Ossan’s fine panel Tizzy first appeared in Collier’s, later syndicated by NEA until 1970. Collier’s. January 20, 1956

15. GEORGE WOLFE. An old gag from an old master--note the label of the bottle on the bar. Popular with his peers, Wolfe’s career spanned nearly 50 years. He was NCS Gag Cartoonist of the Year in 1969, 1973, 1975 and 1976. Collier’s. June 20, 1953

More of Dick Buchanan's great gag cartoon collection:

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Funny Vintage Magazine Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1963

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Wordless Gag Cartoons 1944-1964

1953 George Booth Drawings for American Legion Magazine

Dick Buchanan: Winter/Christmas/Holiday Gag Cartoons 1940s-60s

Dick Buchanan: Some PUNCH Magazine Cartoons 1948-1963

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1946-64

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1947-62

Dick Buchanan: Some Favorite Magazine Gag Cartoons 1940-60s

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1931-64

-- This has been an edited version of a blog entry that appeared on this day in 2017.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Vintage Snow Machines

I have decided that anything that's shaped like a box and zooms around is something I like.  For instance, Rey's Speeder from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

It's just shaped like an electric razor.

Which reminded me of the Santa-riding-an-electric-Norelco-razor TV commercials when I was growing up.

But Rey's Speeder was waaay cooler.

In real life, there are many great, boxy vehicles that handle the snowy terrain, and from time to time, I see them in my New Hampshire neighborhood. I am collecting pics of them from the Internet.

I remember a comic book artist, Mark Schultz, who, when developing his own book in the 80s, decided it would be named after the two things he loved to draw the best. His comic book, "Cadillacs and Dinosaurs," ran from 1987 to 1996. If I drew a comic book named after two things I love I guess it would be called "Cats and Vintage Snow Machines." I dunno. I just like the look of them. Here are a few:

Thursday, February 20, 2020


Here's THE DENNIS THE MENACE STORYBOOK, which showcases some wonderful work by longtime Hank Ketcham assistant Lee Holley. Here's just one of the endpapers:

The name of the book is THE DENNIS THE MENACE STORYBOOK, Based on the character created by Hank Ketcham and adapted by Carl Memling from the television scripts written by William Cowley, Peggy Chantler, George Tibbles, and Phil Leslie. It was published by Random House in 1960 and is copyright that year by the Hall Syndicate, Inc.

Jay North was the child actor who portrayed the mischievous Dennis. CBS had let its LEAVE IT TO BEAVER show go from its network to ABC. They wanted a new "kid show" and DENNIS was greenlit in 1959. It was scheduled in between LASSIE and ED SULLIVAN on Sunday nights. The half-hour comedy show would run until 1963, airing 146 episodes.

I found this book at a second-hand store in Portsmouth, NH. The spine was gone, but it was otherwise in good shape. A lovely bookplate here. Looks like it was illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen.

Lee Holley began working as an assistant to Hank Ketcham in 1957, drawing the Sunday strips.  By 1960, he had sold his own comic strip PONYTAIL and focused on that primarily. PONYTAIL would run until 1989.

Holley's hand-colored art is still vibrant after all these years, with two-tone and full color illustrations alternating throughout the book. Here are a few of his illustrations.

-- Edited from a previous blog entry.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Video: Keith Knight

Cartoonist Keith Knight is interviewed at Bluefield State College in Bluefield, WV.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Video: Cartoonist Bud Blake's Studio 1994

Way back in 1994, Jerry Craft (who just won a Newbery Award for his graphic novel "New Kid") and Jim Keefe ("Flash Gordon") visited Bud Blake ("Tiger") and took this video of his studio.