Yesterday and Today (Past and Present Tents)

Let’s clear out some bookmarked items.


The Complete Wonder Woman Newspaper Strips Now Complete

When IDW published Wonder Woman: The Complete Newspaper Comics it wasn’t complete.
There was one strip they had failed to find.

When the series was originally winding down, in late 1945, it was thought that it most likely appeared in only one newspaper—the Chicago Herald-American. That newspaper never ran the daily strip for November 19, 1945. The Herald-American did not publish on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22nd, so it published the November 20th strip on the 19th, and then scratched out the dates on the November 21st and 22nd dailies and published them on the 20th and 21st, respectively. It picked up again on Friday the 23rd and continued until the final strip on?December 1st.

But now, thanks to Jeffrey Lindenblatt, that November 19, 1945 lost strip has been found.

IDW tells where the strip was found and posts the strip for you to print out and put it in the correct spot of the book.



Milton Caniff’s Last Terry and The Pirates Sunday Page Analyzed

Artist and art professor, and all-round comics fanatic, Rob Stolzer uses his new Funday Sunnies blog to take a deep dive into the December 29, 1946 Terry and The Pirates Sunday page by Milton Caniff.

I’ve used this particular Sunday page in various comic strip and graphic narrative classes and workshops over the years, removing the text so that students could see how Caniff conveyed a sense of place, season, body language, emotions and action, without reading one word of the text. It is a master class in comic strip narration. The full image, with text, will be shown at the end. In the meantime, here is a panel-by-panel look at Milton Caniff’s swan song

Here is the Caniff/Terry post, I would recommend bookmarking Rob’s site.



R. C. Harvey’s New Column

Speaking of new stuff on the internet – cartoonist and comics historian Bob Harvey is now doing a monthly(?) column for Humor Times.



As Doors Open, Others Close

above: excerpts from two November 1967 strips

Yowp, a blog that was started to review Huckleberry Hound cartoons, and then went far beyond that part of the Hanna-Barbera world, has called it quits after ten years.

I love old cartoons and I love 1950s stock music. This blog was started ten years ago as a place to document the stock cues used on every cartoon on the first season of “The Huckleberry Hound Show,” along with a few frames from each and some random thoughts. That goal was passed long ago.

Among Hanna-Barbera miscellany Yowp covered was a good share of The Flintstones and Yogi Bear Sunday comic strips, which became my reason for checking in.

Yowp, the man not the blog, continues looking into animation history at Tralfaz, his other blog.



The Nib at CXC

Having got my Scams issue of The Nib a week or so ago,
Tom Spurgeon’s notice of this late September CXC event struck home.



Reminder – Comic Book Now Available

Elsewhere today Mike was talking about historical/educational comics;
well, here’s a reminder that the print edition of This is What Democracy Looks Like is now available.



On the Subject of Educational Comics

When an electron goes from one orbital to another, does it jump instantaneously without warning? Or is the transition more smooth and predictable?

Two major figures in the history of quantum theory had different answers. The Danish physicist Niels Bohr thought that quantum jumps were instant and completely unpredictable. The Irish-Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger thought that they were smooth and continuous, that is to say, they’re not jumps at all.

This comic strip explains the history of the question and the Yale experiment.



Why Adults are Absent from the Peanuts Comic Strip

In 1997, Schulz elaborated on his no-adults policy, citing concern over ruining the magic of the strip and the jarring juxtaposition of Snoopy and Woodstock behaving like humans around adults

Jake Rossen, for Mental Floss, looks at a lack in Peanuts and why.
Image from Peanuts Wiki/Adults page.



Late Addition: The Comics Detective

Amazing comics historian Ken Quattro has opened his new Comics Detective site.

Welcome! Or, if you’ve stumbled across me before, welcome back!

My name is Ken Quattro and I am THE COMICS DETECTIVE of this blog’s title  and simply put: I study, research and write about the history of the comics medium–comic books, comic strips and everything related to them.

I’ve been at this since the late 1960s when I was inspired by the work of such legendary comics historians as Dr. Jerry Bails and Hames Ware. Their seminal work in this field spurred me on to conduct my own research and to share my work with others.

Courtesy The Wayback Machine is a look at Ken’s old Comicartville site.