USPS Comic Stamps That Never Were

With the barren United States Postal Service stamp-scape for comics lovers in 2022, let’s take a look, with the help of Richard D. Sheaff, at some cartoonist-related postage stamps that never materialized.

Stamps by and about cartoonists have been issued (all the above),
but some ideas never got a sticky backside.

The self-caricature by Xavier Cugat, a cartoonist much better known for a different career,
didn’t make the perforated cut.



Another self-caricaturing cartoonist, who also had another career,
made the cut (left), though there was a different design (right) considered.


This stamp (above) made it to your local Post Office’s walls and folders,
though it too went through many designs possibilities:



Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan ran as a comic strip and comic book for decades so we’ll include him.

Above is the Forever stamp issued in 2012. Before that there had been other considerations:



Haddon Sundblom’s Santa (above) made it on a postage stamp,
but I don’t think Thomas Nast’s interpretation ever did. Though it was contemplated.


Here is a series that I would have bought multiple sheets had it seen print.

Editorial edit: Thanks to Brian Fairrington, who noticed the mistake, and to Rick McKee, who sussed out the answer, (see comments below) we now know that the image attached to the Jeff MacNelly stamp is actually a drawing by David Simpson.

Now how did the USPS make that mistake?

See more never realized U.S. stamps at Dick Sheaff’s page,
some a bit cartoony like Lou Brooks series that “might have been.”

8 thoughts on “USPS Comic Stamps That Never Were

  1. Brian, any idea who that not-MacNelly cartoon belongs to?
    I did a Google Image search for Jerry Nadler cartoons (that’s who it looks like to me) but came up with bupkis.

  2. Rick and Mike, we have released your comments from AI jail
    (it hates multiple links in a comment).
    Rick, I have kept all your comments here for continuity sake.
    Brian and Rick, thanks for the journey to truth.

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