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New Uploads / Re: New on DCM today...
« Last post by Yoc on May 20, 2019, 10:18:23 AM »
New on the site today:

Key Comics 02 (Consolidated Mar 1944) c2c -Titansfan-Devil_Scans.cbz
Peter Wheat News 001 (1948)(eBay ad) -OE+Yoc.cbz
Peter Wheat News 001 (1948)

Thanks guys!
Vintage Photo Galleries / Re: Historical Photos - Comic creators
« Last post by Yoc on May 20, 2019, 09:01:05 AM »
Yep, and on Facebook it was mentioned how much Milt Gross looked like Charlie Chaplin in his pic.
New Uploads / Re: freddyfly's Uploads
« Last post by freddyfly on May 20, 2019, 12:38:23 AM »
I finally have something new of my own to add...
Ajax's Captain Jet #5!
Vintage Photo Galleries / Re: Historical Photos - Comic creators
« Last post by SuperScrounge on May 19, 2019, 04:14:38 PM »
Interesting how much Bud Fisher looks like a real life version of A. Mutt.
Vintage Photo Galleries / Historical Photos - Comic strip creators 2
« Last post by Yoc on May 19, 2019, 09:34:46 AM »
Hi Gang,
Here's another batch of artists primarily known for the newspaper strip creations.  By no means complete or most important.  Just some I've found in my travels.

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#1 - Bud Fisher (Mutt and Jeff)
Harry Conway Fisher (3 April 1885 - 7 September 1954)
Fisher, who drew the world-famous 'Mutt and Jeff' strip as "Bud" Fisher, was born in Chicago. In 1905, he left the University of Chicago in his third year to take a job as a triple-treat cartoonist (theatre, sports and general news) at the San Francisco Chronicle.

He started a sports section strip called 'A. Mutt', dealing with a chronic horseplayer's wins and losses.  In June 1908, 'Mutt and Jeff' moved to William Randolph Hearst's San Francisco Examiner, where it was syndicated by King Features and became a national hit. A Sunday page was added around the time the strip got its permanent title, 'Mutt and Jeff'.

Fisher took the strip to the Wheeler Syndicate in 1915, where he received 1,000 dollars a week for six strips. By 1921, he was well on his way to making a top salary of 4,600 dollars a week. By this time, he grew more and more interested in racehorses, and less interested in the daily mechanics of drawing Mutt and Jeff. He had been working with ghost artists since his days with Hearst.  Al Smith did the most ghost work for him.  After his death Smith continued the strip into the 1980s.

#2 - Milt Gross
Milt Gross (4 March 1895 – 29 November 1953, USA) was a cartoonist and animator whose career began in the mid-1910s.

His work is noted for its exaggerated cartoon style and Yiddish-inflected English dialogue. He originated the non-sequitur ‘Banana Oil!’ as a phrase deflating pomposity and posing. His character Count Screwloose’s admonition, “Iggy, keep an eye on me!”, became a national catchphrase.

The National Cartoonists Society fund to aid indigent cartoonists and their families for many years was known as the Milt Gross Fund (it was absorbed by the society’s Foundation in 2005).

At Comiclopedia —

#3 - Vincent T. Hamlin (Alley Oop)
Vincent T. Hamlin (10 May 1900 - 14 June 1993)
Creator of the comic strip about caveman 'Alley Oop'.  In 1927, Hamlin became a layout man, a poster designer, and a mapmaker for the oil industry. There he got the idea for a prehistoric strip, which he developed when he returned to Perry, Iowa in 1929.  After many attempts, Hamlin created 'Alley Oop', which was first published as a daily strip in 1932 through the small Bonnet-Brown syndicate. Hamlin continued the Alley Oop comic for the Newspaper Enterprise Association until his retirement in 1971, aided by his wife Dorothy and assistant Dave Graue.
After his retirement, Hamlin wrote an autobiography, a novel, and a fishing memoir.

#4 - Bill Holman
Bill Holman (22 March 1903 - 27 February 1987)
After working some in Chicago he moved to NYC and earned his living mostly selling cartoons and illustrations to various magazines, such as Collier's, Life and Judge.  Holman's luck changed when he created 'Smokey Stover' in 1935.  The strip ran until 1973, and had a great, funny style with witty punchlines. In the same style he also drew 'Spooky', about a cat. In 1961, Bill Holman became president of the National Cartoonists Society. He died on 27 February, 1987.

#5 - Jackie Ormes
Zelda Jackson Ormes (1 August 1911 - 25 December 1985)
Jackie, by most accounts, became the first nationally syndicated black woman cartoonist in 1937. Her 'Torchy Brown' series first appeared in the black-owned Pittsburgh Courier in 1937.
In 1940, the strip was stopped, and Jackie Ormes dedicated herself to two single-panel cartoons, 'Candy' and 'PattyJo 'n' Ginger'. 'Torchy Brown' reappeared in 1950, titled 'Torchy Brown's Heartbeats' which also included paper dolls in her Sunday pages, called 'Torchy's Togs'.

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#6 - Dr Seuss
Theodore Geisel (2 March 1904 - 21 September 1991)
After his graduation in 1925, he began his weekly 'Birdsies and Beasties' page in Judge magazine. Using the pen name of Dr. Seuss, his name soon appeared on gags and strips inside the magazine and on covers. Later on, he also drew for Life, Vanity Fair and Liberty. He was the creator of the short-lived newspaper strip 'Hejji' in 1935. In the 1940s, he drew political cartoons for the PM newspaper in New York, and embarked on a career in animation.

As the president and publisher of Beginners Books, Dr Seuss changed the nature of children's books in the 1950s and later with the 'Cat in the Hat' series. He published over 40 children's books, full with imaginative characters and frequent use of rhymed prose. Besides 'Cat in the Hat', famous books by Dr. Seuss are 'Green Eggs and Ham' and 'One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish'.

#7 - Bill Mauldin (Willie and Joe)
William Henry "Bill" Mauldin (29 October 1921 - 22 January 2003)
Mauldin was a US cartoonist, best known for his World War II cartoons about American soldiers. Mauldin attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and fought as a sergeant in Sicily and other European battlefields. He joined the Army newsletter Stars and Stripes as a cartoonist. There he perfected 'Willie and Joe', the muddy, weary "dogfaces" who portrayed the drabness of the foot soldier's life. Despised by the conservative brass as disrespectful, but loved by the G.I.'s as one of their own, the cartoons won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1945.
After the War, Mauldin abandoned cartooning for a while, working as a film actor, freelance writer, and illustrator of articles and books, including one on the Korean War. A self-styled "stirrer-upper", Mauldin joined the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1958 and took up cartooning again. Dubbed "the hottest editorial brush in the U.S.," he won his second Pulitzer Prize that year.

#8 - Walt Kelly -1949
Walter Crawford Kelly, Jr. (August 25, 1913 – October 18, 1973)
Kelly, creator of the beloved Pogo syndicated newspaper strip, cartoonist for comics such as Our Gang, Walt Disney's Comics and Stories and Animal Comics.

An incredible blog devoted to Kelly can be found here:

A short bio on Kelly can be read on the JVJ site here:

#9 - Tarpe Mills (Miss Fury) -1940
June Mills (25 February 1918 - 12 December 1988)
Tarpe Mills was the creator of 'Miss Fury', one of the best action comics, which appeared in 1941. Before coming up with this success, she had already created comic characters such as Devil's Dust, The Cat Man, The Purple Zombie and Daredevil Barry Finn.
Born June Mills, she changed her name to the more sexually ambigious "Tarpe", 
When her 'Miss Fury' became a success, however, Mills could not hide her gender and many interviews appeared, with photographs of the creator, who strongly resembled her own heroic character. She also drew her cat, Perry Purr, into her comic.  'Miss Fury' ran until 1951. Tarpe Mills returned briefly in 1971 with 'Our Love Story' in Marvel Comics.

#10 - John Stanley (Little Lulu)
(22 March 1914 - 11 November 1993)
American comic artist John Stanley is best known for his comic book renditions of classic newspaper comics 'Little Lulu' and 'Nancy' for Dell Publishing.  In the 1930s, he briefly worked for the Max Fleischer animation studios and did illustrations art for Mickey Mouse Magazine and Disney merchandise.  From the 1940s throughout the 1960s, he was a productive writer and artist for Western Printing Co.  For a long period, he was writing and drawing 'Nancy and Sluggo' stories for the comic books.  By the mid 1940s, he was writing and sketching stories with 'Little Lulu', a character originally created by Marge Henderson Buell. Until the 1960s, Stanley contributed scripts and artwork to many other Dell comic books. 
When he left the comics field, his comments on the comic books - even his own work - became rather sour. In the final stages of his career, he worked for a silk-screening company in upstate New York.

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#11 - Mort Walker -1945
Photo from Evan Dorkin's Flickr account:
Morton Walker (3 October 1923 - 27 January 2018)
Mort Walker was one of the best known gag-a-day cartoonists in the world. He created three long-running and famous newspaper comics, 'Beetle Bailey' (1950), 'Hi and Lois' (1954), 'Boner's Ark' (1968).  He wrote various essays and books about comics. The man also turned the National Cartoonists' Society into an actual professional organization and established its annual Reuben Award to honor artists and writers. He founded a Museum of Cartoon Art (1974-2002) now part of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

A much more detailed bio can be found here:

#12 - Charles Schulz (Peanuts)
(26 November 1922 - 12 February 2000)
the creator of 'Peanuts', is one of the most popular and influential humorist comic artists ever. After he fought in Europe in the second World War, he started drawing the comic 'L'il Folks', a precursor of 'Peanuts'. The strip was published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press between 1947 and 1950.
Soon the United Feature Syndicate started selling the strips to many newspapers, and the feature was renamed to 'Peanuts' when it commenced syndicated publication on 2 October 1950. A Sunday page was added in 1952.   The most successful comic strip in newspaper history, 'Peanuts' appeared in some 2,600 newspaper in 75 countries and was translated into 21 languages.
He retired after about 18,000 episodes at the beginning of the new millennium. He died of complications due to colon cancer at the age of 77

#13 - Dan Barry
(11 July 1923 - 25 January 1997)
Started in comics in 1940s (Black Owl',('Airboy', 'Boy King', 'Skywolf','Spy Smasher').

Known today as a long time artist on Flash Gordon strip.  In 1951, Barry was asked by King Features Syndicate to revive the 'Flash Gordon' daily strip. Barry worked on the science fiction strip until the 1990s!

#14 - Sy Barry
(b. 12 March 1928)
Sy went to the Art Students League, while working as an assistant to his brother Dan. In the late forties and early fifties.  Sy Barry did freelance work, mainly as an inker, for comic book companies such as Gleason, Marvel and especially National, where he worked on the features 'Jonny Peril', 'Rex' and 'Phantom Stranger'.
In the late fifties, he assisted his brother again with the inking of 'Flash Gordon'. From there King Features asked him to take over 'The Phantom' after Wilson McCoy's death in 1961. After drawing the adventures of the Ghost-Who-Walks for over 30 years, he retired in 1995.

An interview with him is here:

#15 - Russ Manning -1971
Photo from
(5 January 1929 - 1 December 1981)
In 1953, Manning joined the Dell Publications team that created the 'Tarzan' comic, among others. Manning worked on their entire line of comics.  He took over the 'Tarzan' comic from Jesse Marsh in 1965. Soon, United Feature Syndicate put Manning on the daily 'Tarzan' strip as well. In 1972, Russ Manning left the daily strip to concentrate on the Sunday pages and on 'Tarzan' stories for the European market. 
Russ Manning also created the science fiction comic series 'The Aliens' (1963-70) and 'Magnus, Robot Fighter' (1963-68) for the Gold Key comic books.

That's it for this batch, hope you liked them,
Comic Related Discussion / Re: Any hidden gems in Fawcett western comics?
« Last post by Poztron on May 18, 2019, 11:11:38 PM »
"I would like to second this question. There are plenty of Perfectly Adequate art jobs, but I've yet to find real knockouts like there are in the the hero and suspense books."

My hunch is that working on comics for licensed Western stars kept artists from doing really stylish work, as it was probably not a good idea to out-shine the stars you are portraying or connect them too much with an individual artist's style. Plus there were probably additional movie studio minions who had to sign off on the work, but who didn't know s--- about what made for good comics. (Granted, that's a lot of suppositions on my part.)

I will admit a certain prejudice against Fawcett comics. While I bow to the quality work of CC Beck, Mac Raboy, and co. on the various Capt. Marvel family comics, I've never been a big fan of the run of the mill Fawcett books. Their printing and coloring seemed sub-par and I seem to recall that there was some curious linkage between Fawcett and Charlton, the latter not one of the favorite publishers either.

Still, I'd love to discover some Fawcett westerns that had unexpectedly great art, if such exist. Bob Powell and George Evans did some quality work for Fawcett's horror & suspense titles, but I don't think they worked on the western books.  Correct me if I'm wrong.
New Uploads / Re: New on DCM today...
« Last post by Yoc on May 18, 2019, 07:21:10 PM »
Two more new books today:

Fightin_Army_29 [Charlton1959] -titansfan.cbz
Boy_Comics_32 [Lev_Gleason1947] -c2c  -Titansfan+DMiles.cbz

Thanks guys!
Comic Related Discussion / Re: Any hidden gems in Fawcett western comics?
« Last post by crashryan on May 18, 2019, 05:21:28 PM »
I would like to second this question. There are plenty of Perfectly Adequate art jobs, but I've yet to find real knockouts like there are in the the hero and suspense books. :-/
Comic Related Discussion / Any hidden gems in Fawcett western comics?
« Last post by Poztron on May 17, 2019, 11:33:11 PM »
We seem to presently be in the long slog of scanning and uploading the many Fawcett licensed western comics. My kudos to the loyal contributors performing this task for the sake of archival completeness.

However, every time I dip into one of those Fawcett westerns I find myself underwhelmed by the art, most of which has struck me as perfunctory hackery. Which leads me to wonder whether there are actually *great* Fawcett westerns that I've simply not happened upon.

Sometimes there are unappreciated diamonds hidden in the bins of coal. (One example that comes to mind is Mo Gollub's wonderful and lively portrayals of animals (dogs, horse, etc.) in Dell's "Gene Autry's Champion". If you've not treated yourself to these, do seek them out.)

So, any gems in Fawcett westerns?
New Uploads / Re: New on DCM today...
« Last post by Yoc on May 17, 2019, 09:42:05 AM »
New on the site since last update:

Dixie_Dugan_V4_01 [Prize1953] -Titansfan+Devil_Scans.cbz
Dick_Cole_6 [Star1949 -Devil_Scans+editor.cbz
Babe_02 [Prize1948] -titansfan.cbz

Thanks guys!
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