Sports, Mascots, Elves, Wokeness, Whatnots

Continuing with a couple topics that partner Peterson touched on this morning.

The Return of Brownie the Elf

Cleveland Scene reports National Football League’s Cleveland Browns bringing back an old favorite.

From a helicopter perch high above the city, Fox 8’s Patty Harken snapped this shot of the Cleveland Browns’ new midfield logo at FirstEnergy Stadium, which should be a welcome sight for all Browns fans.

That’s Brownie the Elf, specifically the fierce halfback Brownie the Elf alternate logo version that first appeared in 1946 and was in heavy use from 1960-1969, adorning the turf.

Cleveland Plain Dealer sports cartoonist Dick Dugan made frequent use of Brownie from the 1960s to the end of the 20th Century. GPS Sports Gallery has more history of the elvish emblem.

Brownie was certainly a better mascot than the logo of Cleveland’s baseball team.


Which leads us to other mascot mistakes.

When Southby’s auctioned off a first issue of famous British comic book The Beano from 1938 they blurred the part of the cover showing the magazine’s mascot.

The Daily Mail ran a story about The Beano #1 selling for three thousand pounds and
Gamers Grade made mention of The Mail’s woke attitude and The Beano’s blurred cover.

A story about a copy of the first issue from 1938 selling for three thousand pounds, but I wonder why the Daily Mail website felt the need to blur out the top bit of that comic? Let’s check an actual copy.

Yes, times have changed. Apparently to the dismay of some.


Moving on.

Comic strips are usually pretty simple. Oftentimes they are only a handful of panels. And yet, sometimes they are still adapted into more meaty forms of storytelling. There have been several movies and TV shows based on comic strips created over the years.

YardBarker purports to list “The best movies and TV shows based on comic strips” and I guess they get around it by that “movies and TV shows” classification. But if you grew up in the 1930s, like I did, any best of list of anything “based on comic strips” by definition needs to include those Fleischer Studios Popeye cartoons, especially the color two-reelers.


Movin’ on out.

Karen Greene (Curator for Comics and Cartoons at Columbia University Libraries and Librarian/Specialist at Columbia University in the City of New York) and Michael Maslin show us

Mort Gerberg‘s papers (including original art, notebooks, folders, etc.) located in a storage unit (not his studio) as they were readied for pickup and transfer to Columbia University in New York.