Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Henry Boltinoff (1914-2001), is maybe best known today as the syndicated newspaper cartoonist behind King Features' HOCUS FOCUS panel. This is the feature where there are two drawings and you look for subtle differences between the two. He was also a prolific gag cartoonist, and worked on several other syndicated comics. These had names like This and That (1946), Woody Forrest (1960), and Stoker the Broker (1960).
But in the 1940s through the 60s, if you read a DC Comics superhero comic book, then you would have seen his humor fillers.
Henry Boltinoff created one page and partial page "filler" strips. These strips were run as space permitted. So, if there was a spare page that they couldn't sell advertising for, then the production department would grab a Boltinoff gag strip. I am sure this made his brother, Murray Boltinoff, a DC editor, a happy boss-man. A lot of the comics would be full or half pages with generic titles like
I suppose what with the big GAGS headline (nicked from MORE FUN COMICS #76 via Ger Apeldoorn's Fabuleous Fifties blog), this way the dopey kid reading it wouldn't confuse it with a story about Superman.
There were characters like:
Chief Hot Foot
Some of them, like Clancy the Cop and Dover and Clover, received entire stories.
Ger Apeldoorn has a great collection of Henry Boltinoff's DC Comics work here and here.
Posted by Mike Lynch at 8:46 AM