Thursday, January 20, 2022

From the Dick Buchanan Files: More Color Gag Cartoons 1951 - 1957

Dick Buchanan has pulled out some rare color single panel cartoons from his Cartoon Clip File, located somewhere in Greenwich Village. These are rare since color printing was not the norm in the 1950s, being more expensive and time consuming to produce than black and white. Thanks and take it away, Dick.


(1951 – 1957)

Here is a selection of vintage gag cartoons in color.

Most of these were published in the pages of Collier’s and American Magazine. Famed cartoon editor Gurney Williams was cartoon editor of both magazines. Young and upcoming cartoonists often appeared first in American Magazine before they made Collier’s roster.

Take a look . . .

1. GEORGE W. BOOTH. American Magazine June, 1955.

2. CORKA (Jon Cronin) Collier’s April 22, 1950.

3. JOHN GALLAGHER. Collier’s June 14, 1952.

4. DAVID HUFFINE. Collier’s April 26, 1952.

5. KATE OSANN. Collier’s February 5, 1954.

6. GREGORY d’ALESSIO. February 23, 1952.

7. TED KEY. Collier’s February 5, 1954.

8. WILLIAM von RIEGEN. Collier’s June 25, 1954.

9. BILL RUBLE. Collier’s February 6, 1954.

10. LOUIS PRISCILLA. Collier’s April 26, 1952.

11. ROLAND COE. Colliers May 26, 1951.

12. JEFF KEATE. American Magazine February, 1955.

13. WILLIAM SCULLY. Punch Summer Number May 26, 1952.

"Somehow it's just as I imagined it."


14. BILL WENZEL. True Magazine January, 1957.

"So long, girls. I'll be in touch!"



15. JOSEPH KIERNAN. American Magazine July, 1955.


From the Dick Buchanan Files: Color Gag Cartoons 1947 - 1957

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Color Gag Cartoons 1942 - 1954

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

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Gag Cartoons in Color 1943 - 1957

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Color Gag Cartoons 1945 - 1957

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Color Gag Cartoons 1951 - 1955

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Gardner Rea's Sideshow


 A scan of a Gardner Rea original from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum

Born in Ironton, Ohio (one of the legion of cartoonists originally born in Ohio), he sold his first cartoon at the age of 15 to the old LIFE Magazine. He moved to NYC after serving in the chemical warfare unit in WW1.

In 1920 he married Pratt graduate Dorothy Julia Calkins. They shortly moved to Brookhaven, where he designed and built a house.

Brookhaven would be where they would bring up two daughters and spend the rest of their lives.

Gardner Rea was one of the original New Yorker contributors. He drew his own cartoons and supplied gags to Charles Addams and Helen Hokinson. He was an aloof fellow, who, according to Ogden Nash, went into the city "only once a year" to see editors. He was still drawing until the end. 

From the New York Times:

"That somewhat serpentine line of his drawings, without detail, became his trademark, along with a trick of having in each picture a small shape, such as a necktie, inked in solid black. He explained the 'wiggle' of his line with another gag—'Nobody will catch on when I get senile.'

"But Mr. Rea distinguished between verbal humor and the art of drawing. He told an interviewer in 1946 that in common with most critics, he considered "that line is the highest, most difficult form of art, and so long long as the fundamental design is there, I can't see that it makes the slightest difference, technically speaking, if the subject matter is humorous."

Here are some cartoons from the book Gardner Rea's Sideshow. These scans are from the great Hairy Green Eyeball 2 blog



From the Dick Buchanan Files: Gardner Rea Gag Cartoons 1938 - 1963

Ger Apeldoorn's The Fabulous Fifties

Found In the Collection: Gardner Rea (1894 - 1966)

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Ron Goulart 1933 - 2022

 Frank Bolle, Orlando Busino, Ron Goulart from a 2006 lunch in Westport.

 Award winning writer and popular culture historian Ron Goulart has passed away, a day after his 89th birthday. 

"Besides writing extensively about pulp fiction, including the seminal Cheap Thrills: An Informal History of Pulp Magazines (1972), Goulart had written for the pulps since 1952, when The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction published his first story, a sci-fi parody of letters to the editor. He went on to write dozens of novels and countless short stories, spanning genres and using a variety of pennames, including Kenneth Robeson, Joseph Silva, and Con Steffanson.

"In the 1970’s, Goulart wrote novels starring series characters like Flash Gordon and the Phantom, and in 1978 released Calling Dr. Patchwork (1978), a comic sci-fi novel that began the Odd Jobs, Inc. series; and created the brilliant newspaper strip, Star Hawks, with Gil Kane, most recently republished by IDW."

-- DownTheTubes


He was the ghost writer for William Shatner's Tekwar series of books. He also wrote a comic/mystery series of mystery books featuring Groucho Marx.

Mark Evanier:

“… He was a great lover of comic books and a fine historian of the form. He dabbled now and then in writing for comics and at one point, collaborated with artist Gil Kane on an ahead-of-its-time newspaper strip called Star Hawks.

“The last time Ron and I were together – which I now sadly realize was too long ago – we had a long talk about how he wished he fit in better with the comic book field but kept finding more comfort in prose writing.

“He was awfully good at it. He was awfully good at everything he did.”

Ron was an early historian of pulp magazines and comic strips and comic books. His books Cheap Thrills: An Informal History of the Pulp Magazines (1972) and The Adventurous Decade: Comic Strips In the Thirties (1975) are seminal histories of these popular forms. 

Friday, January 14, 2022

Orlando Busino 1926 - 2022


Cartoonist Orlando Busino passed away quietly on January 11th. He was 95, and had just recently celebrated his 70th wedding anniversary with Ann (Darlington) Busino. 

Known for his gag cartoon work for so many publications (including Boys' Life, 1000 Jokes, Reader's Digest, Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping, and many, many others), he created comic books with George Gladir at Archie, as well as comic strips, assisting with Moose Miller and Gil Thorp. 

He was as prolific as he was kind. I was fortunate to have lunch with him on a number of occasions at a restaurant in Westport. Or "Westpork," as his friend and neighbor Bob Weber would say. Bob would be at lunch as well as a few more like Ron Goulart and Frank McLaughlin and Frank Bolle. All of them, legends.

Frank McLaughlin, Orlando Busino, and Frank Bolle.

Orlando grew up in "cow country," in Binghamton, New York. He developed an interest in cartooning at the age of nine, and he sold his first cartoon to the New York Mirror at the age of 14. "Bulldog, with Central, the Wonder Dog" was the name of the comic strip he created for his high school paper. Look at an old copy of the magazine Open Road for Boys, and you will see Orlando's cartoons winning many of their cartoon contests. Orlando was drafted into the army and served in Panama from 1945 to 1947. He drew cartoons for the army unit newspaper there. Returning home, he attended Binghamton State, and then the University of Iowa, drawing cartoons for their school papers.  

"After graduating in 1952, he moved to New York City. He worked in the ad department of the Macmillan Publishing Company. At night he attended the Cartoonists and Illustrators School. A year later he sold his first cartoon to The Saturday Evening Post, launching his career as a freelance cartoonist.

"Busino also worked for Archie Comics in the 1960s, doing covers, illustrations, and stories for "Tales Calculated To Drive You Bats." This work was later reprinted in Archie's Madhouse.

"Orlando Busino’s created 'Gus,' a feature about the antics of a large white dog, which first appeared in Boys' Life in January 1970. It took over the honor spot on the 'Think & Grin' page (the spot headed for nearly 20 years by Clyde Lamb 'Millicent' and briefly by John Gallagher’s 'Cartoon Bug'). Gus appeared on the cover of Boys' Life in December 1981.

"Orlando Busino received the National Cartoonist Society Gag Cartoon Award for 1965, 1967, and 1968."

I've been a fan of Orlando's since my Dad got me a subscription to Boys' Life (1970 or so), where, for 30 years, he'd drawn a cartoon about a big dog titled "Gus."

"I don't know how that translates into dog years, but it's been a long time," Mr. Busino said in Who's Who in Ridgefield, CT. (Link down as of today. Hmm.)

More from Who's Who:

"Aside from his wry sense of humor and his drawing ability, Mr. Busino is well known in the field for his skill at lettering. In recent years, he has done all the lettering on one of the world's most popular serial strips, Gil Thorp.

"'I've never had a real job,' he once joked with an interviewer. 'Once in a while I daydream I might want to direct a movie. But that only lasts for a minute.'

"However, in another, more serious interview, he said: 'I've enjoyed it all the way. Cartooning is not something you go into unless you enjoy it.'"


The Daily Cartoonist has a great round up of links

Ger Apeldoorn showcases cartoons from Boys' Life and the syndicated Laff-A-Day panel by Orlando (as well as ones by Don Orehek, Bill Yates, Jack Markow, Reamer Keller and others) at his blog.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Video: TCM Classic Film Festival: Peter Bogdanovich on His Career, Orson Welles, Cary Grant and Hollywood

Here's Peter Bogdanovich talking about his career, Orson Welles, Cary Grant and Hollywood. This is from the 2017 Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival. Ben Mankiewicz hosts. At least watch for the Hitchcock elevator story, which comes first. This video is closed captioned.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Video: Political Cartoonist Chan Lowe

"Without the idea behind the cartoon - without the message - there really is no point in drawing the cartoon."

Political cartoonist Chan Lowe talks about the nature of political cartoons and we see some of his process -- which combines old school paper and digital. 


This video is from 2018, just a year before Mr. Lowe retired.


Monday, January 10, 2022

Tony Tallarico 1933 - 2022


Comic book artist Tony Tallarico passed away on January 6th. He was 88. Tony was a friend and a member of our Long Island Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society, the Berndt Toast Gang. In addition to being a longtime comic book artist, he was a children's book illustrator and author. For Dell Comics, he drew the comic book Lobo (1965), the first to star an African-American hero. 

 Via Paul Gravett:

"Among Tallarico's diverse credits (see a few examples below - he also produced over 1,000 children's books), his political satire comic 'The Great Society' from 1966 stands out, mashing up topical political caricature with Sixties superheroes. Naturally, I included it here in my 'Incredibly Strange Comics' survey, writing: 'Here's an entire pun-filled satirical comic about costumed versions of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, alias SuperLBJ, and his cabinet, who team up as G.R.E.A.T ("Group Resigned to End All Threats") against an array of supervillains, from France's Gaullefinger (DeGaulle) to Russia's Dr. Nyet (Khruschchev). leaping into action because "SuperLBJ is Missing!", the team including LBJ's wife, "Lady Bird" Johnson as Wonderbird, Barry Goldwater as Colonel America and Hubert Humphrey as Captain Marvelous fail to find him. So it's up to SuperLBJ to save himself and then the entire world. Plotting behind the scenes are Bobman and Teddy, or Robert and Ted Kennedy, who starred in a sequel of their own. Written by D.J. Arneson and published by Parallax Comic Books Inc, New York.'"


One of the projects that Tony did was a comic book adaptation of the film version of the 1776 musical. Here are some originals of his from the collection of Michael J. Vassallo:

Here is GRIN, a 3-issue MAD-type magazine from 1972-3, with Tallarico art for the cover for number three:

From 1971, a Christian comic for Logos International:


Tony was always working. I see his books -- his kids books, his how to draw books, etc. -- all the time. 

Here's Adrian Sinnott, the chair of the Berndt Toast Gang:

"The wonderful Tony Tallarico passed away late last night. Tony had a long and prolific career working in comics and children’s books.

"A consummate professional, Tony was always in demand and worked up until recently. He was very proud to have illustrated the first comic book with an African-American hero 'Lobo.'"

"Such a kind and generous soul, the Berndt Toast Gang is privileged to have had Tony as an esteemed member."



The Daily Cartoonist



Friday, January 07, 2022

Happy Birthday, Charles Addams

Born on this day in 1912. Happy birthday to the macabre New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams. 

Charles Addams with wife Barbara, an attorney, in 1955, AP Photo. "He was married three times, and in between marriages dated the likes of Greta Garbo, Jackie Kennedy and Joan Fontaine," so says the Mental Floss blog.

Happy 110th birthday to cartoonist Charles Addams, whose new animated ADDAMS FAMILY 2 movie came out a few months ago. Tim Burton's Addams Family-inspired Netflix series titled Wednesday is now in production. 

"Well, Kendrick, still think I'm just an alarmist?"


Addams' childhood nickname was "Chill."

During World War II, Addams made animated training films for the Army while serving served in the Signal Corps Photographic Center in New York.

He sold his first cartoon to The New Yorker at the age of 21 for $7.50. He would sell over 1,300 drawings to the magazine until his death in 1988.

In the tradition of cartoonists Sidney Smith and Sam Cobean, Addams loved cars.

Addams was a lady's man and was married three times.

Janet Maslin writes in the NY Times:

"The second Barbara [photo above], whom he married in 1954, combined Morticia-like looks with diabolical legal scheming. Ms. Davis [in her biography CHARLES ADDAMS: A CARTOONIST'S LIFE] describes the remarkable tug of war that began once Mr. Addams’s second wife, a practicing lawyer, began persuading him to sign away rights to much of what he owned. She wound up in control of the 'Addams Family' television and movie franchises and even bewitched Mr. Addams into taking out a $100,000 life insurance policy.

"'I told him the last time I had word of such a move was in a picture called ‘Double Indemnity’ starring Barbara Stanwyck, which I called to his attention,' wrote Mr. Addams’s lawyer, whom he dared to consult only on the sly. In the film, Ms. Stanwyck’s character plotted to murder her husband for insurance money."



"We won't be late, Miss Weems. Get the children to be around eight, and keep your back to the wall at all times."


Maslin further notes, "Addams's persona sounds cooked up for the benefit of feature writers ... was at least partly a character contrived for the public eye."

Links to all things Addams.

Michael Maslin provides even more links, including the video bit below -- it's from William Castle's THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1963). Charles Addams is credited with "specially designing" the title house in this B-picture starring Tom Poston.



 Via Wikipedia:

"On September 29, 1988, Addams, a sports car enthusiast, had just driven back to his apartment in Manhattan from a visit to friends in Connecticut when he parked his Audi 4000 in front of the apartment building. He was struck by a fatal heart attack while still behind the wheel."



The "Morticia doll," from the early 1960s. For sale for $19.95. I believe this is before the TV series.

Jean-Marie Bertin also has an amazing bibliography of Addams's books. Below is a portion of it: his comprehensive list of Addams's solo books.

Auteur(s) Titre Editeur Lieu

Addams, Chas

Drawn and Quartered

Random House New York
Addams, Chas

Addams and Evil

Simon & Schuster New York
Addams, Chas

Monster Rally

Simon & Schuster New York
Addams, Chas


Simon & Schuster New York
Addams, Chas


Simon & Schuster New York
Addams, Chas

Dear Dead Days. A Family Album

G.P. Putnam’s Sons New York
Addams, Chas

Chas Addams’ Black Maria

Simon & Schuster New York
Addams, Charles

The Penguin Charles Addams. Penguin 1845.

{1962} Penguin Harmondworth
Addams, Chas

The Groaning Board

Simon & Schuster New York
Addams, Chas

My Crowd

Simon & Schuster New York
Addams, Chas

Le monde de Chas Addams. [édition française incomplète de My Crowd ]

Hachette Paris
Addams, Chas

Favorite Haunts

Simon & Schuster New York
Addams, Chas

Creature Comforts

Simon & Schuster New York
Addams, Charles

The World of Charles Addams

Alfred A. Knopf New York
Addams, Charles

La famille Addams. Presses Pocket 4580.

Presses Pocket s. l.
Addams, Charles

Chas Addams Half-Baked Book

Simon & Schuster New York

My thanks to Jean-Marie Bertin for the scan of Morticia, as well as the MY CROWD and CREATURE COMFORTS covers. 

"Death ray, fiddlesticks! Why it doesn't even slow them up."

 "Just the kind of day that makes you feel good to be alive!"


 And this one is a personal favorite:

"George! George! Drop the keys!" 



Video: The Compleat Charles Addams Gallery Show 1994