Monthly Archives: January 2020

How to get rid of gophers

Thanks to Fred E. How to get rid of gophers . . Seems I missed posting yesterday.    

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Mutt and Jeff

Bud Fisher’s Mutt and Jeff debuted in 1907. It was the first daily comic strip. At first it was just A. Mutt. Later Jeff joined in. This is from 1918. The image is a little squirrely. I’m having trouble with … Continue reading

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Hello

From January 2001, this week it’s some stand alone gags… . . . . .

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Popeye

King Features’ biggest money maker of all time. I think it still is. By Elzie Segar. Later on it was drawn by Bud Sagendorf, and later by my friend Bobby London. My editor fired Bobby after he ran a story … Continue reading

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Winsor McCay

Winsor McCay was one of the giants of early comic strips. He began around the turn of the century with several strips. One titled Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend was something of a precursor to his most famous creation in … Continue reading

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Krazy Kat

Pretty much agreed upon by newspaper strip cognoscenti, George Herriman’s Krazy Kat was the quintessential comic strip. It was perfect in its avant garde simplicity. It was never popular. Years ago I read in Bill Griffith’s strip Zippy the Pinhead, … Continue reading

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The Smithsonian Collection

If you’re a fan of the old comics, try to get ahold of this book: . . . . . It contains over 300 pages of classic comic strips. This is a better example of Cliff Sterrett’s Polly and Her … Continue reading

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Rube Goldberg

  You remember him for his fantastic cartoon machines. Google him. He was first president of the National Cartoonist Society, and well loved by all those who knew him. Unfortunately I got into the game too late to have known … Continue reading

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Old Comics

Cliff Sterrett was one of the great artistic innovators of the newspaper comic form. William Randolph Hearst evidently had a hard time keeping from delving too deeply into abstract art. Polly and Her Pals was one of the best of all … Continue reading

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Monday

Nothing today. All I did was wash my car. That’s not very interesting, is it? . . . . .

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