Friday, July 30, 2010

Your Favorite Comic Titles

Alley Oop had the best dinosaur and jungle drawings.

No one can forget Catman.

Felix and the bulb-noses - a kid favorite.
Henry was once beloved by millions. The "Funniest Living American". He doesn't have a mouth. Is he Popeye's bastard son?
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Smokey Stover must be the wackiest comic ever. A big influence on Clampett.

I love this Oswald drawing!

Comics are for everybody

Walt Kelly Snow White

Don't you wish you were Spiderman?

Dick treasures all American cultures as I do.

28 comments:

RooniMan said...

Old comics had the best titles. Modern comics, especially funnies, have very lame titles.

Iron maiden said...

I love the smokey stover cover ,got any more?

Timothy R said...

I'm a fan of 'All-Negro Comics'. Catchy.

By the way, did you see the newly released Yogi Bear movie trailer?

http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi737805849/

Dan Ackroyd doesn't sound as bad as I thought he would be. Justin Timberlake on the other hand... Ugh. It certainly looks like trash, but it looks better than I thought it would be, not by much though.

seifd said...

Huh. Who knew that Catman started out as a hero? These days, he a member of a group of reformed villains called The Secret Six.

Niki said...

These are mad weird yo!

AtomicTiki said...

I love old comics, they were greatest when had no fear of what was appropriate or not back when they were regarded as throwaway media.

I look at how they've changed and think about the future of the current form of free artistic expression (the internet) and where it might be headed in a decade from now...

G'Tron said...

Oh man, I love Smokey Stover! That's one of the biggest arguments you can use that we should be giving newspaper comics artists enough room to tell a visual joke.

I'm sure John's seen it, but has anyone else around here had a look at a Smokey Stover-era comic strip called High Pressure Pete? It was well named, because every strip was frantic with visual gags, background details, puns, doodles, and huge action panels for the payoffs. It almost seemed like the cartoonist was being paid by the pen stroke, because there was so little white space in the strip! In a lot of ways it made Smokey Stover seem almost pedestrian; unfortunately it outlived its own idiom and became a Beetle Baily-esque single-gag strip late in life. There's some online that can be easily Googled, I highly recommend it.

Roberto Severino said...

My personal favorites seem to be the Felix cover and the Smokey Stover cover as well. Old comics are the best. Enough said. Give me old-fashioned Felix the Cat over Garfield any day.

Craig said...

Smokey Stover was always a fave. I'd spend hours drawing Holman's characters and poses. Didn't Clampett have one of the denizens of Wackyland say "FOO" in tribute to Stover? BTW: In the very early '60's, Chuck McCann & Paul Ashley did a puppet pilot of Smokey Stover. The puppets were awesome. The pilot, not so.

Oisin O'Sullivan said...

I love the snowman in the first cover. And Felix is always awesome.

I wonder how many black people actually bought "All - Nego Comics"....

Isaak said...

Seeing the "All-Negroes" comic gives me a question. Were there any outright racists who were great cartoonists and also if there were any defenders of civil rights? No matter what their work would still be great, but it is interesting to know the context of them.

Elana Pritchard said...

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I just finished a comic. I put a caricature in it. Will you give it a peek?

-Elana

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p.s. anyone else can look too! There is a blog frog...

talkingtj said...

ALL NEGRO COMICS?-geez, every so often i get reminded of what country i live in and its always a blow to the head! ALL NEGRO COMICS! why not all jew comics? or all paisan comics? its tiring.the catman presented here is not the dc character, this one is a hero and enjoying a revival over at dynamite press. how about all injun comics or all chink comics? shheesh!

Martin Juneau said...

This Smoky Stover cover sounds to be a wacky comic. Such more a inspiration to Milt Gross than Bob Clampett to the drawing style. Unfortunately, kids like better to read awful comics as Les Nombrils and Lou nowadays. And i hope no one of you else will read that. They are obvious and pretentious!

zillustration said...

AlleyOop was my favorite as a kid. I was the only one I knew that was into dinosaurs. In the early 70s, it was tomes from some Ivy League's Paleolithic studies and Alley Oop.

JohnK said...

TJ: I'm sure they thought they were doing something noble.

Paul Salvi said...

ALL-NEGRO COMICS referred to the creators, not just the content. It was, if I'm not mistaken, the first comics publication by and for black people, so feel free to untwist your knickers.

The CATMAN logo is amazing!

Scrawnypumpkinseed said...

All Negro comics caught me off guard. Still, wish I had fun comics like these growing up.

Closest thing I had to cartoony was Oddbodz comics. Everything else was "Garfield this" and "funnies that"

top cat james said...

Insult to Injury Dept: the Negro comic costs more! XD

If Medusa's carpet matches the drapes, ol' Spidey is gonna find himself in one knotty dilemma.

Eric said...

Dick to Indian deputy:
"Better lose the bow tie, or it will be too obvious you sold out"

The Butcher said...

What, no Ziggy?

yawn said...

the Snow White cover is funny, Dopey is really cutting rug, with Snow White

HemlockMan said...

The wonderful thing about comic books during the aptly named Golden Age is that there were so many types and varieties. And even for a while after the Golden Age, into the Silver Age there were still many wonderful comic books for little boys and girls. Whatever you liked, you could generally find a great comic book that was about your interests or which contained them to some degree. So much imagination at work, and so much work to inspire the imaginations of the children who read those comics.

Not so today! Now there is only superhero crap! Alas. The world is all the poorer for the collapse of such a wonderful way of entertaining people.

Martin Juneau said...

"Not so today! Now there is only superhero crap! Alas. The world is all the poorer for the collapse of such a wonderful way of entertaining people."

I'm not gonna say that but i can understand. Today's comics follow trends than entertain peoples besides their final drawings is a lot of botch. I even buy a actual album contained some of the old Spirou's journal issues printed in 1970's today and they is a huge difference you don't see in today's issues. If peoples says goodbye to trends, superheroes and fake Anime, the Global comic world will have a better control. Same as animation too.

Sharp Brothers said...

This is great timing as we just started creating new Dick Tracy art, you can check it out at our DeviantArt site.

http://sharpbrothers.deviantart.com

Been trying to talk the guys at IDW Publishing into bringing him back for a comic series...seems ownership of the character is still a contentious issue.

BTW what did everyone think of the UPA Tracy cartoon show?

EalaDubh said...

In one of the many Kurtzman/Wood MAD parodies of newspaper funnies (I think it was the one where all the long-running characters looked and acted how their real ages would be), their version of Henry was exactly the same as normal for three panels of little-boy visual gags before he explains, "I'm short, I'm bald, I do childish things and I have nothing of any relevance to say. I've been sixty years old all along!"

EalaDubh said...

'BTW what did everyone think of the UPA Tracy cartoon show?'

Ewg.... on the one hand I really want to be honest about how misguided the Not Dick Tracy Show was, like one of those Hanna-Barbera shows IN SPACE for no good reason. But on the other hand it's hard to put the boot into a cartoon show animated by just one man, especially if that man is Irv Spence.

BearsWillRiot said...

Check out www.superdickery.com

Lot's of really funny old comic book covers!! Super Man is such a dick!