Krazy Kat Bob Naylor Special

Here’s a whole month of Bob Naylor’s version of Krazy Kat, all signed Herriman. These originally appeared from 2-21 to 3-18-1944. These strips are pretty good, they represent Herriman’s spirit well, and Naylor has the personalities of the characters “Nayled” (sorry). You’ll notice that the gags mostly center around bricks and Offissa Pupp putting Ignatz in jail. Even Kolin Kelly appears. In Herriman’s 1944 strips, the brick tossing is mostly implied, not shown. Ignatz often ends the strips by starting to pick up a brick, but not actually throwing it. Herriman starts introducing other characters, dogs, birds, and so forth. But Bob Naylor has reverted back to the earlier days of “Krazy Kat”, with the original cast. The strips from 3-13 to 3-18-44 all refer to “frozen” bricks. This is a reference to World War Two rationing, in which products were “frozen”, in other words, no longer made. “Frozen” also referred to fixed price controls during the war. Here, Naylor makes humorous comparisons between frozen products no longer made, and frozen products literally sold from an electric freezer. In 1944, fresh frozen foods, such as orange juice, were just starting up. It took until 1945 and post war years, for frozen orange juice to be perfected so that it tasted good and households could afford electric freezers. So this storyline by Bob Naylor is quite futuristic, wouldn’t you say?

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Mark

Born in 1948, St. Louis Mo., started making animated cartoons at age 8, first production: Snoozy Shrew, Graduated Chouinard Art Institute 1970, first job, Spungbuggy Works, 1970-72, Freelance 1972-1989, Disney 1989-1996, also Warners, Hanna-Barbera, Filmation Assocs., Duck Soup Produckions, Pacific Motion Pictures, Renegade Animation. Currently self-employed animating a new short cartoon!

3 thoughts on “Krazy Kat Bob Naylor Special

    1. Mark says:

      Thanks Charles! Bob Naylor obviously had talent as a Herriman imitator; style mimic. The big weak spot is his lettering, doesn’t look like Garge’s font at all. Herriman is back in the next batch of dailies, and stays with the strip to the end. Naylor never did come back, nor was he invited back to continue the strip after Garge passed on. If Krazy Kat had been a big profit center for King Features, they would have continued the strip. But I think it was in less than 30 papers in 1944, so they pulled the plug.

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      1. Snorre Smari M. says:

        Yes, thanks so much for posting these “Krazy’s.” And I agree — it’s been widely claimed that King Features didn’t continue Krazy after Herriman’s death because of the strip’s “uniqueness,” but Naylor actually does more than a passable job in the strips here. Had Krazy appeared in 800 papers, I think it’s quite likely that Naylor would’ve been expected to keep drawing the strip.

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