I’m pretty damn excited about the chapter in the upcoming Arf Museum. “The Erotic Arf of Reamer Keller.” Boody “Sparky Watts” Rogers told me Keller was a great practical joker. On Wednesdays, cartoonists in New York City made the rounds to the different magazine offices to sell their gag cartoon ideas. One Wednesday, Boody, Bill “Smokey Stover” Holman, and Keller were approaching the Colliers office. The Cartoon Editor there, Gurney Williams, hated Holman’s ever-present cigars. So, as he always did, Holman politely parked his stogie on a window ledge out on the street before entering the Colliers door. At the same time, Reamer spotted on the sidewalk a dried piece of dog shit. When Holman had his back turned, Reamer made the switch. Later, when the ‘toonist trio came out of the offices, Bill Holman grabbed the turd thinking it was his cigar and put it to his lips, much to the great amusement of Reamer and Boody.
God, how lucky I was to get to know all three of these, and many other giant cartoonist geniuses! I am so grateful and humbled by that. It’s my supreme privilege and mission to show you the often forgotten art of those geniuses in this blog and in the Arf pages.
To see a little slide show of some of the Keller Kartoons that I didn’t have room for in Arf Museum click on the animation below of a Keller Girl.
P.S. Come say hi if you’re at the NY ComiCon this Sunday. I’ll be at the Midtown Comics booth #317 signing Modern Arf from 2:00-2:45. And check out the sexy art and books by Dean Yeagle at his table. Dean did the awesome caricature of Reamer surrounded by Yeagle Babes in Arf Museum.
— C. Yoe (in the funny papers)