A frequent source of good links around here is Dutch writer Ger Appeldorn’s blog, THE FABULEOUS FIFTIES (http://allthingsger.blogspot.com/) . While its owner is just now back to posting again after health issues, let’s take a look back at a few items you may have missed!
Fans of PLASTIC MAN artist Jack Cole will appreciate the two posts devoted to scans of Cole’s final work, the newspaper strip BETSY AND ME, one of which includes some Sunday strips not included in the Fantagraphics collection released awhile back.
From last March, here are some examples of BARKIS, a later comic panel by Crockett Johnson, creator of the cult-favorite strip (and one of MY personal faves) BARNABY as well as the beloved children’s classics featuring HAROLD AND HIS PURPLE CRAYON.
Here’s a link to a number of posts spotlighting Stan Lee and Dan DeCarlo’s syndicated strip from the early sixties, WILLIE LUMPKIN, about a young mail carrier. It was cute, funny, well-drawn and ultimately unsuccessful but the name was later applied as an in-joke to the aging mailman in Lee and Kirby’s FANTASTIC FOUR. Many years later the aging Lee himself played the character in the FF films!
One hallmark of the blog is to run selections of advertising strips–newspaper ads done in comic strip format and often featuring continuing characters. Sometimes they were even by big name artists of the day! Here you’ll find AL CAPP’S CORNER in which L’IL ABNER’s real pappy (and/or his fabled assistants) shills for Nestle’s products.