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Cartoonists’ Comic Strip Autobiographies

In 1948 Collier’s started a brief series of comic strip cartoonists presenting their life story to the magazine’s readers. The individual entries occupied one three column page, one column of text with the other two columns filled with autobiographical comic strips. Presented below are the comics.
(Clicking on the images and then clicking again should supersize the comics.)

 

Nancy and Me by Ernie Bushmiller

 

Joe Palooka and Me by Ham Fisher

 

Steve Canyon and Me by Milton Caniff

 

Dick Tracy and Me by Chester Gould

 

Mary Worth and Us by Ken Ernst and Allen Saunders

 

Penny and Me by Harry Haenigsen

 

Alley Oop and Me by V. T. Hamlin

 

Moon Mullins and Me by Frank Willard

 

The Collier’s pages are currently available on eBay, where these images came from.

Hat tip to Don Maris and Sunday Newspaper Comics 1890 – 1950 Facebook page for the heads up.

 

 

 

 

Community Comments

#1 Kip Williams
October/30/2018
@ 8:15 pm

Great article! I went over to GoComics and mentioned it at the Dick Tracy, Alley Oop, and Nancy pages. Because it was either that or do my exercises.

#2 Brian Fies
October/30/2018
@ 10:09 pm

Wow, those are fantastic! Never seen them before, thanks a lot for the education.

#3 John Rose
October/31/2018
@ 6:25 am

These are wonderful! Thank you for sharing this!

#4 Samuli Lintula
October/31/2018
@ 8:46 am

Pure awesomeness! Thanks for posting these.

#5 Charles Brubaker
October/31/2018
@ 12:34 pm

These are great!

Ernie Bushmiller fudged a bit when he made it look like he created “Fritzi”. It was Larry Whittington who created it; Bushmiller took over 3 years later.

Which I guess means that, technically, “Nancy” has been a zombie strip for most of its run, since Bushmiller didn’t originate Fritzi Ritz.

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