Friday, March 31, 2006

The Three Caballeros by Walt Kelly

Walt Kelly did an amazing amount of work in the 1940s and 1950s. I particularly like the stuff he did from the mid-40s to the mid-50s. His drawings have a loose, organic feel to them...the brush strokes are nice and fat! I wish I could approach that level of productivity...

Here's the front and back cover, inside front cover, and first page of Kelly's adaptation of "The Three Caballeros" (Dell Four Color #71, 1945) which is entirely by Kelly:


Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Sunday Funnies!

Let's read the funnies for June 5, 1960!


The Comic Book Haters said...

Thanks for posting the old 'funnies' (I was never comfortable calling them that). I didn't know Al Jaffee had a Sunday!

-DJ Sloofus of the World Famous Comic Book Haters

May 20, 2006 4:25 AM

Doug said...

That's one great thing about finding old Sunday find strips by guys like Jaffe and Arnold Roth you never knew existed! I used to have a couple of sheets with a really awful strip Chuck Jones did in the 70s...he had finally gone full circle and was back to drawing cute puppies again.

May 21, 2006 6:16 PM

Ger Apeldoorn said...

I just found your blog and will link to it on mine (

Al Jaffee told me that Tall Tales is going to be reprinted soon!

May 11, 2008 12:11 AM

Monday, March 27, 2006

How To Be A Cartoonist

From Dennis the Menace #42 (1959) comes an autobiography and a quick bit of advice from creator Hank Ketcham. Also featured is a quick background on the great ghost team that produced the Dennis comic books, Fred Toole and Al Wiseman:

Here's the cover from Dennis the Menace #8 (1955); Wiseman is credited for all of the art and covers for the first 46 issues, but not all of the covers have Ketcham's signature. I believe in the comic strip, the way to tell the ghosted strips is by the absence of the signature...But that rule probably only applies to the strip. And those adults in the background do look more like Wiseman's work to me:

And finally, a 4-page Punky filler story from Dennis #8, with some really cool stylized animals!


PencilForHire said...

This is fantastic Doug, I just printed out the Ketcham article, thanks for posting it!


7:07 PM

Doug said...

Thanks Mike!

10:20 AM

Bill Alger said...

Hey Doug,

Great site! If you like Wiseman, I’ve set up an Al Wiseman blog at . Please check it out if you get the chance (& click on "archives" to see all the posts).


5:43 AM

Doug said...

Thanks, Bill! Your site looks terrific; I only know Wiseman from his Dennis comics, so I'll definitely be checking out your blog regularly!

6:08 PM

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