“My 50,000 comics would be at least 50 novels and 60 TV episodes worth of dialogue,” declares the syndicated illustrator whose Mr. Boffo and Willy ‘n Ethel appear in newspapers throughout the U.S.
Martin was already declared the most prolific published cartoonist ever in 2001 by the publishers of The Guinness Book of World Records, so he has more than doubled his output between his debut with Tucker, a strip about a man running an employment agency, as Martin did at the time, and the turn of the century. But even with the single-to-two panel nature of Martin’s current two features in their Monday through Saturday iterations, how does one mind remain so fertile with verbal gags for consumption on the funnies pages?
“It just seems to work on instinct,” Martin observes of his creativity.
A year ago Joe Martin ended his Cats With Hands comic strip becoming semi-retired,
continuing with only two seven day a week comic strips – Mr. Boffo and Willy ‘n’ Ethel.
Milwaukee’s alternative paper, the Shepherd Express, profiles the prolific cartoonist and interviews him about plans to fill his spare time.
“I will be doing a podcast soon…”
hat tip to Visual Humor for some of the above strips.