Happy Thanksgiving! Today we’ll look at the Bob Barnes, a classic mid-century gag panel cartoonist, toiling for years at his craft before finding syndication success with THE BETTER HALF.
Bob Barnes (1913-1970) about 1960.
Barnes had gone to a commercial art school in the 1930s, and found early work in trade publications and some advertising in several... Read More »
Hello DailyINK readers,
It’s been 50 years this week since the tragic day when John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Those of us old enough to remember those dark hours and days will never forget how that felt. Perhaps I can liken it somewhat to the same dread as on 9/11. There weren’t many bright moments that day. All television stations... Read More »
Seventy-five years have passed since Elzie Segar passed away. He created probably the most popular, profitable and enduring cartoon character ever, Popeye.
Originally he worked for the tiny but lively Chicago Herald (“J. KEELEY”) syndicate doing titles like “Barry The Boob” and a turn at the “Charlie Chaplin’s Comic Capers” series, he... Read More »
We at King Features pause to honor our veterans here a few days before Veterans Day, which falls on 11 November, or what we used to call “Armistice Day.” That was the name given to mark the day World War I ended, which has been over now 95 years.
Perhaps it was too hasty to declare that conflict “the war to end all wars.” Since then, there... Read More »
Roy Crane’s great adventure strip, BUZ SAWYER began 70 years ago this week. It wasn’t the first strip about planes and the love of air power. King Features had two in this genre at the time, Tim Tyler’s Luck and Barney Baxter In The Air. A difference is that when World War II started, Tim Tyler and Barney Baxter left their civilian adventures... Read More »
In our yearlong remembrance of the centennial of George McManus’s coming to King Features, today I’ll show some strips that he tried out before, and into the first few months of BRINGING UP FATHER.
The first McManus cartoon to appear in Hearst newspapers, modified to accommodate each title.
When he left the Pulitzer organization for Hearst, he... Read More »
Lee Falk with Fred Fredericks just before his first Mandrake strip appeared in print, participating in a “Pop Art” benefit show for the USO, Carlisle Hotel, New York, 18 May 1965.
When Phil Davis died in December 1964, his wife tried to keep up with the work of drawing MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN‘s adventures with a commercial artist, but it wasn’t... Read More »
When Lee Falk created MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN, he originally thought he might draw the feature as well as write it, but early on he realized his cartooning skills would not be equal to the task. Fortunately, he had been associated with an accomplished cartoonist back in hometown St. Louis, Mo., Phil Davis, and a creative team was formed.
Phil Davis, St.... Read More »
MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN had proved popular enough since its June 1934 daily debut to rate a Sunday the following year.
In early 1935 the Hearst newspapers tried an experiment with the company’s trademark comic section, “Puck.” They started to publish tabloid-only sections. Many features that were successful in the standard-full format with a top... Read More »
MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN is and has been a man of many mysteries, and over the years one of them has been the look of Mandrake himself.
Lee Falk, Leon Mandrake, Warren William, Mandrake the Magician by Phil Davis.
First of all, could Mandrake actually be based on a real man? Surprisingly, the answer is not only yes, but in fact, he is based on several... Read More »