Post-Halloween Post

November 17th, 2014

scream-pumpkin.jpgpumpkin-bikers.jpg I think the years are passing by with incredible rapidity, so let’s slow down just a little before we crash into Thanksgiving and remember Halloween! Cathy and I had fun on Halloween, and I’m not over it yet, so here’s a photo of our pumpkin and a pair of skeleton bikers. The pumpkin is a tribute to “The Scream”, the painting and the movie, and the bikers were among the street decorations on Alegria Street in Sierra Madre, Ca. I love how the wheels and the motors of the motorcycles are made entirely of carved pumpkins. The folks who put these up go all out every Halloween and even grow their own giant pumpkins in the back yard for carving. They put up a dragon on their front walk which was composed entirely of carved pumpkins tied together to form the long, segmented body. You can see why I’m still back there on Oct. 31st!

felix-7-2-to-7-8-34.jpg It looks like Felix has finally escaped from Antarctica in the Sunday from 7-8-1934. The explorers put him out of the igloo for the night, but the nights are six months long in Antarctica, so Felix flags down a big fish and gets a ride out on the Arctic ocean. In the dailies from 7-2 to 7-7-1934, Mr. Yiminy gets a big reward for Felix’s capture of the scarecrow bandit, and ties up an IRS man when he shows up to collect the taxes on it. Mr. Yiminy is showing his country gentleman side, now that he can afford it. How much longer will Felix keep his new home, before the Yiminys decide that he isn’t “chic” enough for them with their newfound one-percent status?

myrtle-4-5-to-4-11-48.jpg In Myrtle, from 4-5 to 4-11-1948, Dudley Fisher entertains us with the newly discovered prowess of Bingo, Myrtle’s dog, as a baseball pitcher. In the 4-8, Bingo learns to fetch and brings Papa the garbage, in the 4-9 and 4-10, the talented Dog is actually able to toss a ball with his front right leg just like a human. I like the 4-10, as Myrtle’s folks try to take all the credit for Bingo’s pitching, but all Bingo gets out of it is a sore leg! The Sunday page is here, too, with a wonderful Fisher 3/4 downshot of the Right Around Home gang finishing the repairs on their fishing boat.

krazy-7-13-to-7-18-42.jpg In Krazy from 7-13 to 7-18-1942, there isn’t much continuity. I like the 7-14 strip, composed of one word of dialog, “Hepp”, started by Kat and picked up by Pupp, ending with a disgruntled “Mice”. Hepp-Hepp was an oft-repeated swing era phrase, used in a popular song called the “Jumping Jive”, maybe Garge was reflecting it’s influence here. In the 7-15, there is a nice little exchange between Krazy and an “Ommy” worm, reflecting the military timeliness of 1942. There is a choice bit of Kat Langwitch in the third panel as Krazy says “Figgood Nitz sake, how did you get in the ommy?”, to which the worm replies “Nee”, meaning he was born into the “Ommy”.  In this daily we also can see the little stage set footlight decorations that Garge favored, evolving into the edge of a pond. The cross-hatching in the first panel with Krazy emerging from it’s midst, conveys an ethereal existence for the Kat, he materializes out of ink lines! See you again very soon!

Your Comics Page 10-31-2014

October 30th, 2014

 felix-6-25-to-7-1-34.jpg In Felix 6-25 to 7-1-1934, the story of the scarecrow bandit continues, Felix and his Yiminy Farm animal buddies capture the crook to the amazement of Pa Yiminy. In the Sunday, Felix continues his Arctic adventures. His usual dilemma is trying to stay warm; at first he plugs up the igloo chimney, then finds that being juggled on the end of a sea lion’s nose is very warming. Remember to click on the smaller strips, to see them full size.

krazy-7-6-to-7-11-42.jpg In Krazy, 7-6 to 7-11-1942, Garge does a whole week of animal puns. My favorite, Krazy’s “Kat Langwitch” in the 7-6. He clarifies that an “allium cepa” is the “Siam Tiffic name for an onion”. There are two, count ‘em, two “Gnu” gags, the 7-11 one inviting the reader to provide the answer to a riddle.

myrtle-3-29-to-4-3-48.jpg In Myrtle, 3-29 to 4-3-1948, there is a week of general hub-bub around Myrtle’s home town. My favorite is the 4-3, as Myrtle’s dog Bingo is convinced that his lady love Lillian is waving to him from her window, when she’s really just drying her nail polish! The 3-29 is a close second, as Myrtle blows her Mom’s cover and waits for some non-existent cookies.

yogi-november-1964.jpg Here’s Yogi Bear from November, 1964. The 11-29 isn’t very PC by current standards, but the Indian designs are cute, and I like Yogi’s attitudes as he slips and trys to gain traction on the ice. A close runner-up is the 11-22 final panel as Yogi goes into spasms of pain from being hit on the shin by a rug-beater. In the 11-15, Yogi swipes a chapter from Stepin Fetchit’s gag book, as the “laziest bear in the world”, he blends jumping beans in his pancake batter so that they flip themselves. You can see the top tier of these Sunday pages on Yowp’s blog very soon. Go to  and check out his comments as the great Harvey Eisenberg continues to inspire you with world-class cartooning.

I haven’t been blogging much lately. I’ve been doing household maintenance stuff, painting and sanding the back steps and fixing some windows in the downstairs shop that have not seen a coat of paint in more than 22 years! I hope you all have a real great Halloween and don’t eat too much high fructose corn syrup-laced treats. Also, keep away from that “liquid candy”, namely booze. Or as we say in Halloween speak, BOOOOOze. I’ll be seeing you soon.

Your Comics Page 9-30-2014

September 30th, 2014

catblog-arsage.jpg Last day of the month, and I haven’t posted in quite a while. Since this is the Catblog, here’s a little pen sketch I made from a cat calendar. I love to sketch cat faces, and Arsage has such beautiful eyes, and I like how she’s threaded her body through the rungs of the chair she’s sitting in. Of course working from life would be even more fun, but you work with the models you have on hand.

felix-6-18-to-6-24-34.jpg Felix this time from 6-18 to 6-24-1934, continues to search for the stolen money that the scarecrow bandit left on the Yiminy farm. The week is spent on farm and animal gags until Henrietta scratches up the loot in her hen pen. The Sunday continues the saga of Felix in Antarctica. He spoils the explorers’s photograph of the South Pole by sitting on it, then he brings back the capsule they tried to plant on the pole. When Felix is good, he’s very, very good, but…..


myrtle-solution-3-28-48.jpg Myrtle is from 3-22 to 3-28-1948 this time. My favorite daily is the 3-26. Myrtle tries to smooth over things for her Dad, who keeps forgetting his wife’s birthday: “Cheer up! (she tells her mom) He only forgets it once a year!” In the Sunday “Right Around Home” page, from 3-28, Dudley Fisher reveals a Lewis Carroll side and works a mathematical problem into the comic. If you can’t figure out the number of coins in $1.14, don’t despair, I’ve included the solution from The Lima News for you. This will sharpen your knowledge of algebra!

krazy-6-29-to-7-4-42.jpg In Krazy this time, 6-29 to 7-4-1942, Krazy is a hypnotist, then a flea carrier. She can hypnotize almost anyone, even herself, but her attempt on Mrs. Kwakk-Wakk has an unexpected result. I love Krazy’s expression in the third panel of the 7-3, as her flea passenger bites her. The flea resembles some of Garge’s drawings of Archy in his illustrations for Don Marquis’ “Archy and Mehitabel”.

yogi-10-4-64.jpgyogi-10-11-64.jpgyogi-10-18-64.jpgyogi-10-25-64.jpg In the Yogi Sunday pages for October, 1964, we find a Mr. Magoo type nearsighted joke, a rare Cindy bear appearance, and some very funny Ranger Smith poses as Yogi’s ego is deflated by a balloon, and is inflated by a mirror. Watch Yowp’s blog for his upcoming analysis of these fine Sunday pages by Harvey Eisenberg.  Sorry this post was so long in coming, it takes time to put all these comics together. A robot comment about “Mangy on the Fence” criticized the title of the piece as being unexciting. The robots keep trying to get me to up my readership by getting in to scandal sheet Kardashian type territory. Sorry robots, we mainly deal in gentle fantasy here, that’s a bit out of fashion in a world with wars that last more than a decade, with the climate falling apart all around us. But this blog should give my readers a vacation from all that negativity. I’ll see you again soon.

Mangy on the Wall

September 16th, 2014

mangy-on-the-wall.jpg Remember the theme song of Walt Disney’s “So Dear To My Heart”? You’re looking at a cat right now that I think of whenever I hear that song. Her name was Mangy. She lived at my wife Cathy’s little house in Sierra Madre, Ca. Cathy rescued her from starvation and a bad case of mange on her back. Mangy became a very loyal domestic cat after that and lived with Cathy for the rest of her life. Cathy immortalized her in several stories in her “Mad Raccoons” series of comics in the 1980s and 1990s. You can see all of Mangy’s comics on this blog’s archives, just search for them. I just recently got a copy of this photo of the REAL Mangy, and thought I’d share it with my Catblog readers. She was an incredibly sweet little black cat, but when I paid her more attention than she required, she let me have it with her front paw. She never had her claws out, and Cathy once drew a caricature of her with a boxing glove on her paw. This post is in memory of her.

One of my three readers, Thad Komorowski, has a friend who figured out at least part of the “Where was Ducky?” mystery first presented a couple of posts ago. The office Ducky is standing in, might be a French embassy, because the portrait on the wall is of Pierre Mendès France, French Prime Minister 1954-5.  Maybe it’s a publicity session promoting the Jane Russell movie: THE FRENCH LINE, if so, the next question is where’s Howard Hughes? Again, a lifetime subscription to the Catblog for the reader who correctly solves the mystery.

krazy-6-22-to-6-28-42.jpg Krazy is from 6-22 to 6-27-42. Herriman uses a few old sayings such as “A cat may look at a king” and “Every dog has his day” as the basis of the 6-23, 6-24 and 6-27-42 strips. My favorite is the 6-22, which has a pun woven into Krazy’s “Kat Langwitch”. “Cat’s Paw, no doubt..”

myrtle-3-15-to-3-20-48.jpg Myrtle is from 3-15 to 3-20-1948. My favorite gags this time are the 3-15 with Hyacinth the cat playing with the goldfish, and the 3-17 in which Myrtle sits on a wall and eats Bingo’s dog food. Why? Bingo ate her ice cream cone. When my brother and I were little, we sometimes ate our dog’s biscuits. They didn’t taste too bad, but were pretty tough and gritty. It’s surprising what a kid will eat when he’s hungry.

felix-6-11-to-6-17-34.jpg Felix is from 6-11 to 6-17-1934. The dailies continue the story of the “Gentleman of Seizure” as he calls himself. He sheds the scarecrow outfit from last time and dons a stolen cop’s uniform. Mr. Yiminy and his family are so gullible that the phony cop fools them into “Protecting” all their jewelry and Mr. Yiminy’s crop money. Felix isn’t in his own strip much this week, but manages to return all the stolen goods in the 6-16. We’ll see how long the Yiminys are beholden to Felix this time. In the Sunday, the pole explorers aren’t loyal to Felix at all, but lock him out of their igloo and airplane. What follows feels a lot like an animated cartoon, as Messmer uses progressive panels to show a sled dog rolling in a snow ball and gaining enough volume for Felix to get a new igloo home. Don’t you think it’s fun having a place on the web where you can read the classic Felix, Krazy Kat and Myrtle strips for free? Make sure you keep the Internet a place that has equal access for all, write to the FCC and demand they declare the Internet a public utility! Do it today!

A visit from Tuxy!

August 28th, 2014

tuxy-visiting.jpg Here’s a photo of an infrequent, but very welcomed visitor to our vicinity, Tuxy the Cat! Tuxy’s owners call him “Jet”, and live about three blocks from here, downhill. I call him “Tuxy” because I made his acquaintance a long time before I discovered where his real home was, and I needed a name to call him by. Every once in awhile, a couple of times a year, their cat appears in our front or back yards and wants some attention. He loves to be petted and I give him some organic cat snacks. He likes to come inside for awhile and explore. The photo above was snapped during his most recent sojourn around the living room. If you look closely, you’ll see a faint image of Tuxy’s head as it starts to turn to stage right, so I caught him in motion. He’s got such an appealing face, black and white markings and a rather short tail. I just love having him around. Sometimes he shows up at the back door at night and enters the computer room. He jumps up in my lap and stays for a few minutes while I type or read. After he becomes bored with our house he faces the door and I let him out so that he can re-join his folks. They take excellent care of him, his coat is always brushed and he’s well-fed, although not too fat. If he were my cat, I would not let him roam the neighborhood, too many coyotes and cars around here. When a long time goes by and I don’t see him, I’m fearful that he’s worn his Tux into cat heaven, but he always re-appears. Long live Tuxy!

krazy-6-15-to-6-20-42.jpg Here’s Krazy from 6-15 to 6-20-1942. The second World War was starting to show up in Coconino by this time. In the 6-19 and 6-20, an “Army” worm shows up after a “Naval” orange and a “Navy” bean, and Ignatz dons a Civil War cap and tries to interrogate Krazy, who remains obdurate. Krazy does not take the War very seriously in the strip, it’s just something to use for gags and props. I love the last panel in the 6-16, as Krazy picks up a brick to throw at a wise-cracking dog, “Ignatz duds it, wy not me–”.

myrtle-3-8-to-8-13-48.jpg Myrtle from 3-8 to to 3-13-1948 is full of Dudley Fisher’s unique turns in logic. My favorite strip features Hyacinth the cat scaring a very nervous Sampson out of his ice cream cone (the 3-9). Cats really do like to lick melted ice cream off a sidewalk or a dish. The 3-11 has Fisher’s comedy timing, as Freddie gives Sampson a lecture on economy and credit, then borrows a dollar from the boy. Fisher reveals Freddie’s taking ways in the last panel: “Your Pop borrowed it!”

felix-6-4-to-6-10-34.jpg Here’s Felix from 6-4 to 6-10-1934, continuing his time with the Yiminy family on their farm. The family continues to be suspicious of Felix as more eggs and milk disappear from the place. All this thievery is really the work of a crook who hides in Yiminy’s field disguised as a scarecrow. What a great way to hide out in plain sight! Felix continues his Arctic adventures as he cleverly eludes the sled dogs. What would Yukon King do in a case like this?



yogi-9-27-64.jpg Here are the Yogi Bear Sundays from September, 1964, art by Harvey Eisenberg. These are of course, the third page versions. Yowp, at, will no doubt be presenting the half-page versions of these comics at his blog in black and white. Keep checking over there to see the strips and his commentary. Yowp has one of the best cartoon blogs around, he even mentioned Carmen “Max” Maxwell in his latest post, so put him in your favorites. I like the 9-13 (click to enlarge), which has a rare view of Yogi without his pork pie hat, and a very stylized leprechaun, and the 9-27, which has a really old vaudeville punch line, probably used by the Marx Bros. in their skit “Fun in Hi Skule” back in the 1910s.

Too bad nobody filled me in on where Ducky Nash was in the photo I ran last post. Thad, one of my three readers, seems to think it might be an RKO Radio function feting an actress, but it’s only a guess. RKO Radio Pictures, of course, was Walt Disney’s distributor in the 1940s and early 1950s.