Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Ger Apeldoorn shows us a lot of THE STRANGE WORLD OF MR. MUM Sunday strips.

Irving Phillips was originally a violinist, then a saxophonist, and then he had his own orchestra. During the depression, to make some extra money, he created and sold gag cartoons to the major magazines. By the end of the 1930s, he was head of the humor department at Esquire Magazine.

He wrote screenplays (two of them were Jane Powell vehicles) as well as writing and co-writing about 250 scripts for television.

THE STRANGE WORLD OF MR. MUM was a mostly wordless comic strip in which the title character, who was bald and wore glasses (like Irving Phillips) observed the wacky world around him with some surprise. A lot of the strips had a final panel of Mr. Mum, looking troubled, sitting in a bar, trying to sort out what he had seen.

The strip, which was a one-panel daily and a multi-panel Sunday, ran from 1958 to 1974.

1 comment:

Ger Apeldoorn said...

He also did a little kniw teen strip ten years before Mr. Mum, which you can find elsewhere on my blog.