Friday, September 16, 2022

From the Dick Buchanan Files: CARTOONYFELLERS’ DIGEST, "a 1955 rag for cartoonists by cartoonists"

My friend Dick Buchanan sends on a 1955 copy of the "indistry rag" Carl Kohler's Cartoonyfellers' Digest (one is page missing). Dick reminds me that Alex Toth, Russ Manning and many other then-young cartoonists got their start in hot rod and drag race cartooning, and Carl Kohler was an influence on many.

Here's Dick:

MAY, 1955

Here’s another obscure “insider publication”  rescued from gag cartoon oblivion.  This one is really an early “zine”

It was edited & published by Carl Kohler under the auspices of Lew Card.  Cartoonyfellers’ Digest like its predecessor, Inkyfeller’s Gagzette, was sent “free to everyone in the cartooning biz.” At the time, that was about 3000.

A bit about CARL KOHLER (spelled backward that’s RELHOK LRAC)

In 1959, Kohler collaborated with cartoonist Pete Millar to create CARtoon Magazine--he left after the first issue. Nonetheless, his wit and style were a perfect fit for the emerging world of hot rod and drag race cartooning, and he thrived as a cartoonist, writer and cartoon editor of Hot Rod Cartoons.  

In the early 1960’s he was also a cartoon story writer. He is credited with “Quackodile Tears” (Daffy Duck) and “Martian Through Georgia” (Looney Tunes) for Warner Bros, as well as “Jungle Bungle” for the Huckleberry Hound Show, and 52 episodes of Bozo the Clown.

In 1970, as Lrac Relhok once more, he wrote about cartooning and gag writing in Mother Earth News.

Here is a copy of CARTOONYFELLERS’ DIGEST, a rag for cartoonists by cartoonists.

Dick Buchanan Cartoon Clip File
Greenwich Village, NY

More from the incredible collection of Dick Buchanan here:

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Magazine Cartoons from Life and Judge 1931 - 38

From the Dick Buchanan Files: June 1953 Cartoonist's Market Newsletter

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: More Mid-Century Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1964

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Color Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1956

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: Cops and Robbers Gag Cartoons 1945 - 1968

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: Gahan Wilson: Early Gag Cartoons 1954 - 1964

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Inkyfellers' Gagzette

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: The Years of Al Ross - 1947 – 1968

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: New Yorker Cartoonists Abroad 1966-1968

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: 1945 - 1962

From the Dick Buchanan Files: "How I Create Humor" from 1950s - 60s Gag Cartoon Insider Journal "The Information Guide"

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: 1950s Color Magazine Gag Cartoons

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Funny Vintage Magazine Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1963

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Wordless Gag Cartoons 1944-1964

1953 George Booth Drawings for American Legion Magazine

Dick Buchanan: Winter/Christmas/Holiday Gag Cartoons 1940s-60s

Dick Buchanan: Some PUNCH Magazine Cartoons 1948-1963

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1946-64

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1947-62

Dick Buchanan: Some Favorite Magazine Gag Cartoons 1940-60s

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1931-64

-- Originally blogged on October 2, 2017!

1 comment:

Orang Basikal said...

I was an avid reader of CARtoons Magazine in my high school years (1967-71). I have not found much if anything of them online. They're hard to search for, because search engines can't distinguish between CARtoons and cartoons. There's a lot I would like to see again. Much of it would be funny even to people not interested in cars. And indeed some later-famous names turn up in them.