Your Comics Page 5-17-2020

“K” drawn and written by “Garge” Herriman, 1-9 to 1-15-1944. Maybe “Garge” took his daughter to a circus, and was inspired to do this series of gags on tightrope walking?
“K” is by Bob Naylor (?) in this batch, from 1-17 to 1-22-44. I can’t tell if these are re-worked or new gags, but Naylor is very carefully doing Herriman’s style and signing each strip as “Garge”. For the next few weeks, Herriman was evidently ill, but he comes back to the land of Coconino eventually.
Felix and company promote a “New Meal” in these comics from 9-4 to 9-10-1933.
Myrtle and her friends play baseball, set up a scarecrow and sell bad lemonade in the strips from 6-6 to 6-12-1949.
KURT’S CORNER features a few items from a collection of Isabel Jewell material that Kurt won at an auction. This and the next picture were taken in 1940, at a movie theater that featured personal appearances, headlined by Georgie Jessel and an all-woman ensemble of players, including Rochelle Hudson (voice of “Honey” in the Bosko cartoons), Steffi Duna, Jean Parker and Lya Lys, among others. The USA still hadn’t jumped in to WW2 with both feet yet at this point, but you will note that Lya Lys was a player in a picture called “Confessions of a Nazi Spy” in 1939, the first major studio (Warner Bros.) release to be critical of Hitler’s Germany.
Kurt and I both love this style of home made theater promotions. The lettering is beautiful, and the stills are nicely displayed. Oh for the days of lobby cards, one sheet posters and Ballyhoo!
I leave you this time and Kurt’s Corner signs off with a column by James Hilton for the Irish Independent in 1939. Mr. Hilton (author of “Lost Horizon”) opts to collect experiences rather than objects in this little article which praises Los Angeles Union Station just weeks after it opened! Rail travel was lots more ‘luxe in the 1930s, for those who could afford it. Union Station is still very beautiful after all these years, and now is a Subway terminal downtown as well.
I hope you are all making like Zorro and The Lone Ranger these days and masking up for your peregrinations around your neighborhoods. This Covid-19 virus puts the damper on a lot of things, but not in the sharing of comic strips and remembering my dear brother. Stay safe, oh my readers! So sorry it’s been so many months since the Catblog meowed!

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6 Responses to “Your Comics Page 5-17-2020”

  1. Edd Vick says:

    Oh great, now I want a pear and cheese salad. ;P

    The pipe cleaner/caterpillar gag was the one that worked the best for me on this page. I was wondering why some of the Krazies didn’t look quite on-model, but “Garge” did a pretty fair job.

    • Mark says:

      Hi Edd, I’m glad you are reading the Dudley Fisher “Myrtle” strip, as per your comments. Bob Naylor was drawing a more accurate Krazy and Ignatz in 1944, but Garge still had the “heart” in his drawings, though he fought acute arthritis and edema while he kept turning out the strips.

  2. Greetings, Mark –

    I’m a sucker for Krazy Kat strips and vintage photos of movie palaces.

    In between donning my jet-black face mask (resembling the silky fur of our “tuxedo cat,” Felix) for errands to the pharmacy and supermarket in Kingston and Rhinebeck, NY, I listened to the Cartoon Logic podcast in which you talked about Hugh Harman and Rudy Ising. Loved ir!

    • Mark says:

      Thanks Paul,
      I’m glad the Krazy strips and the movie theater photo pleased you. I’m glad you liked my appearance on Cartoon Logic, I like to think that Hugh and Rudy liked it too. All best to you and yours,

      • All the best to you and yours, Mark! You and Kathy have been doing marvelous work on the CatBlog.

        I never met Rudy Ising but met Hugh Harman once. His response to my telling him how much I enjoyed his MGM and WB cartoons was utter disbelief!

        • Mark says:

          Thanks for your comment, Paul. Hugh was a complicated man, and sadly as he got older he seemed to be getting weaker in his reasoning power. He decided he didn’t like his old cartoons very much, and tried very hard to get “The Little Prince” or “King Arthur” green-lighted as feature films, without success. So I’m not surprised that he didn’t believe your enthusiasm for his early work. He was one of the best character animators of the 1920s, as well. His work on the Oswald cartoons was truly outstanding. I’m so glad I got to know him and Rudy. Happy Fourth!

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