Friday, July 31, 2009

Spooky and The First Nations


Howie Post was Harvey Comics' top "cute artist".
He was also the most cartoony. He combined those 2 elements with style and design ability.
Here we have a cute kid Indian fella.

And here we have some really fun designy grown up first nations. I love the groupings of them!

Here's a cool designy trick: the nose continues its curve right into the upper lip without a break.


Here's the whole story from 1959, chock full of great drawings.
Howie did the best shacks and trees too.




Next Howie Post article: Howie's girls.

11 comments:

Kali Fontecchio said...

I'm glad I picked out this one!

Archie said...

Hey John, i love these posts about comics that were never released in the u.k. I feel quite deprived. I was just wondering what your opinions on british comics would be. I've posted a couple links from one of the most popular artists from british comics. This isnt really important at all. I'm just curious to think what you would think.

http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/MinnieMinxLeo.jpg

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/museum/plum1960.jpg

http://www.thatsbraw.co.uk/Oor%20Wullie/Wullie%20first%20strip.gif

Peter Gray said...

Our best British Humour Comic artists are
Leo Baxendale
Dudley D Watkins
Ken Reid...you will love him John!!!!
and Davy Law
My blog has many UK comic artist for you to see..
http://petergraycartoonsandcomics.blogspot.com/
I also love your blog..being a big Betty Boop and Popeye fan...etc..

Torsten Adair said...

If Casper is the ghost of Richie Rich, is that the ghost of Gloria Glad planting lips on Spooky? The hair and ribbon are the same...

Archie said...

Peter..> Our best British Humour Comic artists are
Leo Baxendale
Dudley D Watkins
Ken Reid...you will love him John!!!!
and Davy Law

Oh wow, i never realised who Ken Reid was. I always thought that was just baxendale (shows how enducated i am) It's a shame to see that no one in the british comic industry has anything to that standard anymore. Instead we are stuck with this

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_448y6kVhntg/SHT6rpTwaRI/AAAAAAAACTU/HZ8pFWg73ps/s400/dandy_special.jpg

Maybe it's just me but i hate this 'new' look.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_448y6kVhntg/SHT6qxgixTI/AAAAAAAACTE/25-IVRaZgg8/s1600-h/qwl_pussycat.jpg

HemlockMan said...

I absolutely loved those comics when I was growing up. It's a shame that there's nothing like that for kids today. And they wonder why comic books are slowly fading away...

Pilsner Panther said...

The portrayal of the Indians (and especially the way they talk), could never make it into print today, being "politically incorrect."

If the cement-headed Politcal Correctness types ( i.e., anal-retentive Puritans) ever got their way, there would be no gags or silly stories or caricatures at all! Let's hope they never do.

Everything that's funny offends someone, right? A good case could be made that that's the very definition of comedy.

queefbezzzzzzy said...

Howard Stern did a Three Stooges special Friday that was really great.

Heres some info-

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2009/07/29/2009-07-29_howard_stern_and_dancing_with_the_stars_host_tom_bergeron_team_up_to_honor_three.html

Heres the Special-

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=KQ5D77UL

Thought I would post it here, as all cartoonists love the stooges. The Moe Interviews are amazing.

Kelly Toon said...

John, I attempted a clean up/construction drawing from the "JETSON You're Fired!" concept drawing you posted earlier. You can see it on my blog here : http://kellytoons.blogspot.com/ I tried very carefully to make it match. Please take a look, and as always, feedback is greatly appreciated :)

Mr. Fun said...

Hemlock: "I absolutely loved those comics when I was growing up. It's a shame that there's nothing like that for kids today. And they wonder why comic books are slowly fading away..."

I agree - I think the same thing every now and then, usually when I'm at a book store and see the "comic rack" filled with $3.99 comic books. What kid has that kind of money to buy a bunch of comic books?!

I am convinced that PART of the reason for the downfall of comics is price. When I was a kid circa 1975, a can of soda was like 20 cents and a comic book was 25 cents... I could get 4 comics for a dollar!! No better value at the time!!

I realize the price of paper has gone up tremendously over the years but I really do not think comic books should be selling for more than a buck... if you can buy a People Magazine (larger size, glossy stock, more pages) for $4 then why does a comic book sell for the same amount?..... I don't get it! I worked in publishing for 5 years and I still do not understand this... Can anyone explain this...??

Mr. Fun said...

Oh and by the way, I also LOVED this era of Harvey Comics as a kid.......!! Howie Post was an awesome artist and he was one of my top five artistic influences!!!