These originals by George Clark -- my gosh -- they just blew me away.
I had heard of his long running feature THE NEIGHBORS (1939-1976), but had never seen any originals. My pal Don Orehek had some and he passed them on to me.
The originals were stunning and I want to share a few with you now. These are copyright 1964 by the News Syndicate, Inc.
Just take a look at the economy of Clark's dry brush line here -- and how loose it is. At times, that line becomes an almost ghostly impression of form -- and the panels "read" when they are shrunk to published size.
September 2, 1964:
"I have nothing against the Beatles, but we're NOT going to name him Ringo!"
December 25, 1964:
"Stop hunting, dear -- I found Bertie!"
March 3, 1963:
"Oh, they can't wait to grow up. Alice plans to become a homesteader and Louise is going to be a sheriff."
February 19, 1963:
"How you're driving too close to the car ahead of you."
January 7, 1964
"Please, dear -- I only want to show our hostess that her buffet snacks are so tempting I can't resist them."
April 10, 1964:
"Now remember -- you're taking me to the party tomorrow and you be ready when I come after you!"
June 2, 1964:
"That rain spoiled my whole day for gardening, honey. I'll be back for dinner."
June 20, 1964:
"I'll never understand girls, even when I become old and grey and twenty."
July 30, 1963:
"He never takes his eyes off me, but I think he's only interested in how much sandwich he gets."
A Sunday strip: