Monday, October 22, 2018

Comic Book Spinner Racks

I don’t own any of these marvelous comic book spinner racks, but I sure wouldn’t mind having one.

Friday, October 19, 2018

From the Sketchbook: True Story "50% Off"

I overheard this exchange at the Cabot Mill Antiques, a huge consignment shop housed in the old mill along the Androscoggin River Reservoir in Brunswick, ME. Every person that passed by this person's area was told "Fifty percent off." One fellow took this as an opportunity to joke around.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Wheaties Gag Cartoonist Campaign 1944 - 1949

Here's something that's been unseen for a while: a massive, cartoonist-centric five-year ad campaign for the breakfast cereal Wheaties that was unique to one of the leading magazines of the day. My thanks to Dick Buchanan, who wrote the intro, as well as clipped the cartoons and scanned them. There are some real early gems here by the big names!


1944 – 1949

During the 1940’s General Mills launched an advertising campaign for Wheaties (“The Breakfast of Champions”) which featured cartoons drawn by the some of the leading gag cartoons the time. The cartoons featured here were clipped from the pages of Liberty magazine.

Debuting 1924, Liberty was one of the nation’s foremost weekly magazines. It featured fiction by the best writers of the era such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dashiell Hammett, Robert Benchley and Agatha Christie. It also published contributions by influential world figures ranging from Mahatma Gandhi to Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. Its cartoon roster was also top flight, including many early cartoons by Virgil Partch and Hank Ketcham. Liberty became a monthly in 1948 and ceased publishing in 1950, a precursor of things to come for major magazines.

Here are a few examples of the cartoons that were a part of this extraordinary advertising campaign.

1. VIRGIL PARTCH. Liberty September 2, 1944.

2. VIRGIL PARTCH. Liberty February 10, 1945.

3. ROLAND COE. Liberty December 21, 1946.

4. DAVE GERARD. Liberty January 12, 1946.

5. REAMER KELLER. Liberty May 4, 1946.

6. JEFFERSON MACHAMER. Liberty May 18, 1946.

7. DAVE GERARD. Liberty July 6, 1946.

8. GEORGE LICHTY. Liberty May 25, 1946.

9. JEFFERSON MACHAMER. Liberty July 13, 1946.

10. VIRGIL PARTCH. Liberty August 10, 1946.

11. REAMER KELLER. Liberty March 1, 1947.

12. ROLAND COE. Liberty June, 1949.

13. IRWIN CAPLAN. Liberty April, 1949.

14. DON TOBIN. Liberty September, 1949.

15. IRWIN CAPLAN. Liberty March, 1949.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Video: Bill Sienkiewicz

Comic book artist Bill Sienkiewicz talks about the role of comic book creators in the current spate of Marvel movies. I agree: the movie "Logan" is a western. Nice to see the movies utilize visionaries like Bill when creating their movies. Another reason why these Marvel films attract audiences. Take a look at his YouTube channel here.

Friday, October 12, 2018

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Cops and Robbers Gag Cartoons 1939 - 1958

As this country struggles with questions of justice and rule of law -- Dick Buchanan turns our attention to cartoons for comfort and, perhaps, some dubious guidance. Well, regardless, they're good for some retro gag cartoon laffs! Take it away, Brother Buchanan -- and thanks.



Crime in the Cartoon World of the mid-century was a popular topic. Law Enforcement was spectacularly ineffective but no more so that the bird-brained perpetrators they pursued. The victims calmly accepted their fate. Burglars used zany plans to commit their crimes. Innocent bystanders stood by innocently. And why not? As we all know, in the Cartoon World no one gets hurt.
Here some mid-century cartoons pulled from the Cartoon Clip File titled “Cops and Robbers.”

1. FRANK BEAVEN. Esquire August, 1945.

2. CEM (Charles E. Martin) 1000 Jokes Magazine November 1954-January, 1955.

3. ROLAND COE. Collier’s January 30, 1943.

4. ROBERT DAY. True Magazine October, 1958.

5. RODNEY de SARRO. Collier’s December 14, 1946.

6. EVAN DIAMOND. 1000 Jokes Magazine March-May, 1956.

7. JAY IRVING. Collier’s December 16, 1939

8. A. JOHN KAUNUS. Colliers August 23, 1947.

9. McINTYRE. American Legion Magazine March, 1947.

10. JEFFREY MONAHAN. October 26, 1956.

11. LARRY REYNOLDS. Look Magazine January 26, 1954.

12. CARL ROSE. Colliers June 3, 1944.

13. LEO SALKIN. Collier’s November 27, 1943.

14. DICK SHAW. Collier’s April 5, 1947.

15. BARNEY TOBEY. Liberty July 13, 1946.

16. BERNIE WISEMAN. The Saturday Evening Post May 8, 1948.