Wayback Whensday: Special Sunday Edition

Scott Adams, Mario DeMarco, Jack Lindstrom, Jim Keefe, George Herriman, and the Warner Bros. cartoon studio of Chuck Jones, Michael Maltese, Maurice Noble, Ken Harris, Ben Washam, Lloyd Vaughn, et al.

That Other Scott Adams Comic Strip

A Butler Eagle reader advocates for the return of Scott Adams. While we can’t help with that we can, with the aid of Travis McClinton and Art Lortie, show you a path to Plop – the Hairless Elbonian, a Dilbert spin-off by Scott Adams from 2001.

© Scott Adams

A 28 strip experiment that ran on the GoComics site, Adams said it didn’t last because late 2001 wasn’t “a good time to launch a comic featuring people who look like the Taliban.”

Spotlight on the Navy

Then Mike Rhode rescues Skipper in the Spotlight from Davy Jones’ Locker, a “lost” biographical panel by Mario DeMarco that was a regular feature of the Navy Times during the 1960s and ’70s.

Mario DeMarco illustrated this panel comic in Navy Times from 1961-1981, and maybe longer. These examples from the US Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery’s Historical Office’s biographical files run from 1961-1981.

This brought back pleasant memories of Mario DeMarco’s way-back-then/do-you-remember features in Good Old Days magazine, always accompanied by a full-page DeMarco illustration.

Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century

Talk about a movie that works on multiple levels. Both a striking science fiction vision and a cleverly crafted comedy, Chuck Jones’ Duck Dodgers in the 24th ½ Century is rightly considered a masterpiece of animation.

© Warner Bros.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year [debuting on July 25th, 1953], Duck Dodgers in the 24th ½ Century is both a send-up and celebration of science fiction…

Michael Lyons, for Cartoon Research, reminds us of one of the funniest cartoon shorts.

Earlier in 1953 the same team assembled by Chuck Jones gave us Duck Amuck.

© Warner Bros.

Never Was Comic Strips

Cartoonist Jack Lindstrom had a twenty year (1984-2004) run with the business panel Executive Suite.

Heritage Auctions shows us an attempt at syndication.

Flash Gordon Flashback

Jim Keefe shows us how he does/did human anatomy. Keefe’s Flash Gordon finished off The Return of Ming episode from 1996 today and Jim shows his reference photos from the strip on his Facebook page.

© King Features Syndicate

But it was that last panel of today’s rerun that captured my attention.

As long as we’re at Comics Kingdom…

Here’s a better look at the latest Vintage Krazy Kat:

© King Features Syndicate

2 thoughts on “Wayback Whensday: Special Sunday Edition

  1. Stuff like the quality of the Comics Kingdom Krazy Kat drives me crazy. Comics is King Features’ whole business. It’s their archive. If anybody in the world can go to newspapers . com and get a good quality image, why can’t they?

    Even worse is when they don’t have it at all – “We’re sorry, that comic is not in our archive” – so someone in the comment section posts a link to the missing comic. I really just don’t get it.

    1. Maybe someone should tell KFS about these people called “librarians.”

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