Archive for February, 2012
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
We conclude our coverage of African American History Month, with a collection of works by Fred Ellis, longtime cartoonist for The Daily Worker, in which all of the cartoons shown here first appeared.
The above July 13th, 1927 cartoon, depicting a gun-toting plantation owner on horse back, saying Wal’, I Still Got You, from the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927.
Click on the above & below pictures, to view enlarged versions.
Below, March 3rd, 1950, refers to the NBC radio & television network’s banning of singer/writer/activist Paul Robeson — who had been scheduled to appear on former First Lady’s The Eleanor Roosevelt Show.
Next, from December 1st, 1951. The cartoon here involves that in the 1940′s, insurance company Met. Life had built low-cost apartment buildings for returning veterans, but excluded black veterans from the apartments (thus, the “Jim Crow” reference). When in 1951 some of the white soldiers protested this, Met. Life had them evicted (click here for more information).
I showed the below cartoon earlier this month, in a collection of Civil Rights cartoons by various cartoonists. I didn’t want to leave this Ellis cartoon out of this set, though. It appeared Spetember 22nd, 1957, and is titled Iron Curtain..
Below, February 28th, 1951, involving the case of Willie McGee, convicted of raping a white woman, and executed on May 8th, 1951.
Below, December 1st, 1951, Jim Crow Decision. Click here for information.
Finally, Stop the Genocide, from November 21st, 1951, referencing the high rate of race-based lynchings and executions happening in the U.S.
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
ERB’s Tarzan has had a long history of great illustration but in comics, the earliest was the great Hal Foster, a long selection of which we find here today.
Here’s the late, great Archie Goodwin and the late, great Johnny Severin with a brilliantly drawn Creepy tale.
Here’s a partial transcript from a 1972 comics convention panel featuring the ever-controversial Bob Kane along with Sol Harrison, CC Beck and Russ Heath.
Finally today, the great Billy Ireland Cartoon Library has launched its own blog. Not much there yet but this should be fun!
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Ghost Rider Month is coming to a close and what a month it’s been!
Not only has Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance been released in theaters to lukewarm reviews but there has been a raging controversy over Gary Friedrich’s rights and legal bills. And if that’s not enough, we have shared several Ghost Rider songs right on this very blog. (You can see previous Comics Tune Tuesdays simply by clicking here.)
This Tuesday’s tune is a culmination of everything we’ve been discussing these past few weeks. It’s a song about Ghost Rider by a band called Ghost Riders. How do we do it?
So whether you’re on Disney/Marvel’s side in this battle or you’re rooting for Ghostly Gary Friedrich, whether you loved the new Ghost Rider film or you agree with the critics who called it an “unholy mess” or simply “Blecch!!!,” whether you’re a fan of the flaming-skulled, leather-clad, motorcycle-riding hero from Hell or his predecessor on horseback, there are plenty of great songs to be enjoyed, including this one!
So as the Ghost Rider rides off into the sunset, click the link below to listen.
Ballad of the Ghost Rider – Ghost Riders
— DJ David B.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Above by artist Samuel Ehrhart, is the centerspread cartoon of the October 3rd, 1888 issue of Puck magazine. Titled The Republican Idea of Protection, and, sub-titled “A High Tariff on the Monopolist’s Wares, Free Entrance for Pauper Labor, and a Lock-Out for the American Workingman.” Involves how factory owners would lock out American workers in favor of cheaper labor.
Click on the above picture, to view it in full detail & read the signbills.
To find prior episodes of this series,click on Wall Street Frauds Make Wonderful Cartoons. And, to find earlier posts concerning financial reforms in general, click here.
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Monday, February 27, 2012
As previously established (when I wrote about Green Giant Comics) there are still a lot of Golden Age comic books I never thought I’d ever get to read. Mad Hatter is on that list because, and I don’t believe I am exaggerating, the cover for #1 has haunted me for decades.
You’ve got to admit it’s a striking image; a superhero dressed in the extremely unlikely color scheme of purple and white happily presenting the reader with a pair of battered, unconscious crooks (at least we’re suppose to assume they’re crooks, the alternative being the guy in the weird outfit snapped and is smacking people around at random). We can get a good look at the purple top hat on his chest, perhaps the worst chest insignia in recorded superhero history. As well as sloppy, too tight white shorts that emphasize exactly what shorts over pants are suppose to be conceal on a superhero. I’m speak of course of, excuse me, his bulge.
And I have to admit I’ve always been interested in the historical context. Even when all I knew about comic book history came from books taken out from the Akron Public Library it seemed very odd that someone would try to launch a new superhero (especially one based on a Lewis Carroll character) in 1946 when the genre had just begun a deep decline.
The Mad Hatter is secretly Grant Richmond, who believing “the legal system made as much sense as the world of Lewis Carroll” becomes a masked crime fighter. He’s a non-powered, two-fisted laughing Robin Hood type who speaks in rhyme and supposedly strikes fear into the hearts of criminal by shining his top hat insignia onto convenient walls.
The cover of #2 trumpets “A new kind of comic book” and it kind of is, seeing as how it’s a superhero comic where most of the contents are (for some reason) funny animal stories. Oh, and it should be noted that inside the comic The Mad Hatter’s white cape (that must have been a pain to keep clean) at times seems to have the fuzzy texture of a bath towel. Which it may very well have been.
O.W. Comics published exactly two issues of Mad Hatter and the actual Mad Hatter story from #1 by Bill Woolfolk and nicely drawn by hands unknown actually isn’t half bad. It just isn’t, as the cover promises us, “the strange tale of a man who returned from death… as a gorilla”.
But first, one of my favorite Golden Age comic book ads for the American Ranger Glowlight and it’s “mystery glow: The text makes it sound like it’s powered by some strange energy (perhaps like Happy Fun Ball from that old SNL commercial parody, an “unknown green substance which fell to Earth, presumably from outer space”). But the text also talks about the glow being “soft and faint” which suggests that the culprit is instead most likely our old “friend” radium.
— Steve Bennett
Monday, February 27, 2012
We close out our extracts from the February 1912 issue of Cartoons Magazine‘s Centennial Year, with the major not-yet-a-candidate in the 1912 Presidential Election — Teddy Roosevelt.
The concentration above left of Egyptian Sphinx cartoons with T.R.’s face, including by A.B. Chapin and Clifford K. Berryman, owes to Roosevelt’s recent trip to Egypt. Above right, by John T. McCutcheon, a cadre of Democrats worried at the idea of facing a Republican nominated T.R., rather than the incumbent. (This would have been equivalent to Democrats this year, going with Hilary Clinton instead of Barack Obama.)
Click on the above & below pictures, to view the cartoons in detail, and read their captions.
Below, another set of T.R. cartoons, including one by Fontaine Fox. My favorit below, though, is Looking for the Always Right Candidate, by the unidentified artist of the New York Call.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Today’s extracts from the February 1912 issue of Cartoons Magazine, focus on some of the changes in society circa 1912. Of course, nearly all these changes are from foreign sources (London, Munich, Paris, Berlin)! Curse those dirty Europeans, for taking Parlor Hour away from us!
Click on the above & below pictures, to view them in detail, and read their captions.
Above, a strip by Cliff Sterrett, who later in 1912 would create Polly and Her Pals.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Tony Isabella is one comics creator who has been there, done that and lived to tell the tale…which he does at Tony’s Bloggy Thing.
Silver Age Comics leads us through the first appearance of the earliest sword and sorcery character in comics, DC’s Nightmaster.
In the seventies, Jim Starlin comics were better for mind-altering than any drugs could have ever been–especially this one.
Finally, there hasn’t been anything major to post about from Progressive Ruin in ages but it’s still a fun stop for quick, throwaway comics-related stuff.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
We return to Newt Gingrich’s late-19th Century soulmate, James G. Blaine, a former Speaker-of-the-House, nominated by the Republican Party as their Presidential choice. His run for the White House was brought down by his many accumulated acts of corruption and impropriety, which Puck magazine parodied in a series of cartoons by showing Blaine as a “Tattooed-Man”, branded head-to-toe by his numerous sins. Arrogant beyond belief, and knowned equally for his magnetism, braggadacio, and lying, he is portrayed above by artist Bernhard Gillam in the September 17th, 1884 issue of Puck, as Narcissus; or, The Man Who Was Mashed on Himself. (“Mashed” being 19th Century slang for “In Love”.) The adoring faces in the flowers include the editor of the Republican-owned/controlled N.Y. Tribune, which like its modern Fox News counter-part, twisted, slanted, and completely fabricated news stories for political purpose. The other dandelioned face is John A. Logan — Blaine’s running mate.
Click on the above cartoon, to both view it in detail, and read the tattooes and captions.
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Friday, February 24, 2012
Our Presidential Election 1912 coverage continues, via the Centennial Year of Cartoons Magazine. From the February 1912 issue (reprinting editorial cartoons of the prior month, from newspapers around the country), our focus this time is William Jennings Bryan. While Republicans were at this stage wondering whether T.R. would enter the race, Democrats were wondering the same about Bryan, who had thrice been the Democratic Nominee — 1896, 1900, and 1908, each time failing. Bryan later gained infamy in his fight to ban the teaching of Evolution (something the current Anti-Science Party — i.e., the Republican Party — heartily embraces). Bryan died five days after the end of the Scopes Trial, in which Bryan participated, siding with the state of Tennessee in prosecuting a high school science teacher, for teaching Evolution.
That, however, is the future. For now, we’re in 1912, and speculating on whether Bryan might jump into the Presidential Race.
Click on the above & below pictures, to view them in detail, and read the captions.
The above set of cartoons, includes ones by H.T. Webster (focused on Bryan’s support for Prohibition), and John Campbell Cory. The below set features art by John DeMar, “Bart”(Charles Lewis Bartholomew), Nelson Harding.
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