Comic Strip History, Lessons #74 – 78a/b/c/d/e/f…

Children and Fairies and Ranchers – Oh My!
The Life of Cartoonist and Illustrator Fanny Y. Cory
By Emily Glassmeyer

…by the turn of the century she had made the covers of several major publications such as Life, Scribner’s Century, Harper’s Bazaar, Liberty and The Saturday Evening Post, as well as illustrating for Alice in Wonderland and many of the works by the author of the Oz series, L. Frank Baum. Through her illustrations of playful fairies and mischievous children, she was quickly becoming one of the finest illustrators of her time.

…creating her first syndicated comic in 1926 called Sonnysayings and later Little Miss Muffet, a competitor for Little Orphan Annie. In large part, these two cartoons were used to pay for her children’s tuition, and provided her personal satisfaction. She kept Sonny going, that sparkling young boy, until her eyes began to fail her in 1956.

Emily, for the Billy Ireland, profiles Fanny Y. Cory.





“The success of Herman changed Unger’s life, but not the man.”

A biography of Jim Unger from the Laughingstock site.




A gaggle of cartoonists in the 1960s(?). Hat tip James Gauthier.




Rex Morgan and June Gale’s Romantic Conundrum

Mark Carlson-Ghost takes a look at the Rex Morgan comic strip,
the characters and the creators from 1948 beginnings to the present.




Hubris and Chutzpah: How Li’l Abner Kayo’d Joe Palooka
and Both Their Creators Came to Grief by R. C. Harvey

R.C. Harvey takes a deep dive (this is a guy who wrote a 900+ page biography of Milton Caniff, so when we say deep dive we mean deep) into the infamous Ham Fisher – Al Capp feud.

part one, part two, part three, part four, part five, part six, part seven, part eight, and part nine.






I’m confused but dazzled. via Fantasmagorie