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  • mistermuse 9:38 am on May 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Dick Tracy, , , , , , Sunday funnies   

    A FUNNY THING HAPPENED…. (PART TWO) 

    Part One of this Smithsonian Collection-based series on newspaper comics noted that weekday comic strips began in Hearst newspapers in the early 1900s. These strips, however — unlike Sunday strips — were not in color, appeared irregularly (up to 2 or 3 days a week) and were aimed more at adult readers than at children. The nation’s first full daily comic page appeared in Hearst’s New York Evening Journal on Jan. 31, 1912.

    The Sunday comics in those days featured demon children, clownish buffoons or humanized animals. On the other hand, the order of the day in weekday strips after 1907, according to Smithsonian, was satire, cheerful cynicism and subdued slapstick, centered on helpless husbands, burlesque detectives and inept scoundrels.  Quoting from “The Real Mission of the Funny Paper” in Century Magazine, March 1924: “The funny paper has …. become not only a faithful reflection of the tastes and ethical principles of the country at large; it is also manifestly an extremely powerful organ of social satire.”

    The 1920s to mid 1930s saw a proliferation of new strips; a dozen or more syndicates were by then supplying an insatiable newspaper market, while the old and established strips retained their audiences. This was the period in which Sunday comic sections went from 4 to 8 to 16 to as many as 32 pages, and it brings us to the list of 1933 cartoon characters in my May 9th post FUNNY ON PAPER (PART THREE). This marked the last great period of full Sunday pages for each strip. By the 1940s, half pages or less for major strips became common, and “The galaxy of the comic strip never again was to glow so brightly as during these last marvelous years of its springtide.” Here’s the scoop on some of those strips:

    MUTT & JEFF  http://scoop.diamondgalleries.com/Home/4/1/73/1016?articleID=46633
    BARNEY GOOGLE  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StkJTSAq0dE
    DICK TRACY  http://dicktracymuseum.com/chester-gould/timeline/
    GASOLINE ALLEY  http://www.tcj.com/growing-old-in-gasoline-alley-ninety-four-years-and-counting/
    POPEYE  http://popeye.com/history/

    TO BE CONCLUDED

     

     

     

     
  • mistermuse 10:01 am on May 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Boob McNutt, Buck Rogers, , , Dick Tracy, , , Joe Palooka, , Krazy Kat, Little Orphan Annie, Mickey Mouse, , , , , ,   

    FUNNY ON PAPER (PART THREE) 

    Comic strip

     The first two installments in this series were devoted primarily to statistics/the funnies’ business side (Part One) and profiles of two “colorful characters” (Part Two) of the 1933 comic strip world, based on a 1933 magazine article. Part Three will wrap up this article by asking you to imagine you’ve just awakened to find that you’re becoming a 1933 cartoon character, and you need to find out fast who your comics cohorts are, and what they’re up to.

    So you’re looking to be filled in, but drawing a blank.
    You wonder, “Am I still dreaming? Is this a prank?”
    Relax, my good man/gal, you have nothing to fear —
    You are among friends, as you can see here:

    MUTT & JEFF
    BARNEY GOOGLE
    DICK TRACY
    HAIRBREADTH HARRY
    LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE

    BOOB McNUTT
    THE GUMPS
    MOON MULLINS
    GASOLINE ALLEY
    WINNIE WINKLE

    TARZAN
    POLLY & HER PALS
    KATZENJAMMER KIDS
    KRAZY KAT
    SKIPPY
    BLONDIE

    TOONERVILLE FOLKS
    THE BUNGLE FAMILY
    POPEYE
    MAJOR HOOPLE (OUR BOARDING HOUSE)
    MICKEY MOUSE

    COUNT SCREWLOOSE
    BUNKY
    BUCK ROGERS
    MAGGIE & JIGGS (BRINGING UP FATHER)
    JOE PALOOKA

    Alas, the 1933 magazine article assumes that its readers know all about these characters, and so we will have to turn elsewhere to find out what they’re up to. As it happens, your faithful correspondent owns exactly the elsewhere to turn to: a book titled THE SMITHSONIAN COLLECTION OF NEWSPAPER COMICS. That’s next.

     

     
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