This being December, it’s time to celebrate with our annual month-long posting of Christmas Comics! Last year’s weekly postings of books that could have been given as Christmas gifts to the comics fan of a century ago, proved rather popular, so starting this week we’ll make it annual tradition, with a round of cartoon collections published in 1913.
1913 was actually a shallow period for Hearst Era comics (or, “Platinum Age”, as they’re categorized in the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide), as publishers appeared lost for a new popular format. Other than a couple hanger-on titles not even appearing annually, the large, over-sized, oblong cardboard-covered color Sunday reprints, were already a thing of the past, as were the equally over-sized, long strip-shaped board books, reprinting daily strips. (In fact, we have none of the latter this year!) The highly popular cardboard-covered square-format for reprinting dailies four panels to the page, were at this point still several years into the future, post-WWI.
That said, we do have enough books to take us weekly to Christmas, starting with today’s entry, Little Shavers, by J.R. Shaver. This collection, published by the Century Company, reprints Shaver’s cartoons about children, that originally ran in Life magazine. We’ve scanned for you, a dozen examples.
Immediately beneath, is the cover of Little Shavers, while above is shown its title page. The caption for the cartoon on the title page (found with this same cartoon, further inside the book), is:
AN ULTIMATUM: “All right: if I can’t be captain, I won’t lend the ball.”
To view previous years’ postings of Christmas Comics, click here.
Christmas Comics NYLife