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Lyonel Feininger – 150ster Geburtsfeier

German-American artist Lyonel Feininger was born on July 17, 1871 – 150 years ago today. He became the most recognized (and successful) of the German cartoonists hired by The Chicago Tribune in 1906 to re-create the Sunday color comics section of that newspaper. From the Lambiek Comiclopedia biography: His highly imaginative art work displays interesting […]

Posted on: Jul 17, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Honolulu Advertiser’s 85th Anniversary (1941)

For reasons remaining unknown The Honolulu Advertiser decided to go all out for their 85th anniversary on July 2, 1941. For rationale just as mysterious we’re acknowledging that 80 years later. The Advertiser invited the cartoonists whose features ran in the newspaper to help celebrate. George (Grin and Bear It) Lichty, John (Strange As It […]

Posted on: Jul 2, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Honolulu Advertiser’s 85th Anniversary (1941)

Ziggy’s Tom Wilson. Jr. (Tom II) Interviewed

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Ziggy‘s first dated panel GoComics interviews Tom Wilson, Jr., the son and successor of creator Tom Wilson. I remember Dad saying how, when he was a kid, he loved watching Laurel & Hardy films. He said his favorite instances in those films were when Laurel would do […]

Posted on: Jun 28, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Ziggy’s Tom Wilson. Jr. (Tom II) Interviewed

Ziggy is Golden

Fifty years ago on Sunday June 27, 1971 newspaper readers were introduced to Ziggy in a promotional teaser for the next day’s debut. On Monday June 28, 1971 Ziggy by Tom Wilson began as a daily panel. Selling points for the panel was the clean uncrowded art and a lot of pantomime gags; if lettering […]

Posted on: Jun 27, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Australia Mints Centennial Ginger Meggs Coins

A century ago, Sydney artist Jimmy Bancks created an iconic Aussie character, a red-headed boy called Ginger Meggs. Part battler, part larrikin, part philosopher, Ginger Meggs is one of Australia’s most successful cultural figures, ranking alongside Dame Edna, Crocodile Dundee and Blinky Bill. When Sydney artist Jimmy Bancks created a newspaper cartoon strip in 1921, […]

Posted on: Jun 5, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, International, Comments: Comments Off on Australia Mints Centennial Ginger Meggs Coins

20 Years Ago Today: John Rose Signs Snuffy Smith

Last month John Rose celebrated being hired by King Features Syndicate to succeed Fred Lasswell as the cartoonist for the Barney Google and Snuffy Smith comic strip. But it wasn’t until May 21, 2001 that the first strip carrying the John Rose signature appeared. © King Feature Syndicate Happy Anniversary John! Another Twenty?

Posted on: May 21, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

How Many Days into This Did Pat Bagley Think…

The first edition of what is now called The Tribune hit the streets on April 15, 1871. It was called “The Tribune & Utah Mining Gazette.” As part of the Sesquicentennial Celebration cartoonist Pat Bagley created a poster. Thoughts on seeing stuff like this are (1) how long did this take to complete? And (2) […]

Posted on: Apr 18, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Anniversaries, Cartooning, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on How Many Days into This Did Pat Bagley Think…

The Sunday Doonesbury @ 50

G. B. Trudeau’s Doonesbury debuted October 26, 1970. The daily, that is.It took another five months for the first Sunday Doonesbury to show up. Fifty years ago:   And today: © G. B. Trudeau From Comic Book Resources: Top Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Doonesbury.  

Posted on: Mar 21, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The Sunday Doonesbury @ 50

Lily Renée Part of ACF-NY Exhibit

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York is pleased to announce the presentation of Three with a Pen: Lily Renée, Bil Spira, and Paul Peter Porges featuring works by the three Jewish artists driven from their homes in Vienna after the German annexation of Austria, the so-called “Anschluss,”, in 1938. On view March 11 through September […]

Posted on: Mar 15, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic Books, Exhibits, Comments: Comments Off on Lily Renée Part of ACF-NY Exhibit

An Al Jaffee Centennial Celebration

                                                 Everywhere around the world they’re dancing in the street, ’cause it’s Al Jaffee‘s birthday! Michael Cavna, at The Washington Post has a brief talk with the birthday boy. “Hitting the century mark in age, it’s a nice number” for the brain to consider, Jaffee said with a warm laugh Thursday from his […]

Posted on: Mar 13, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Mort Gerberg and The Big 9-0 (and 6-0)

Mort Gerberg is celebrating a 90th birthday, born March 11, 1931 (yeah, we’re a day late). Also this year he will be celebrating his 60th year as a cartoonist. In Mort Gerberg On the Scene Mort explains the he did cartoon for his high school newspaper but put that aside for the Army and a […]

Posted on: Mar 12, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Cartoons, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Mort Gerberg and The Big 9-0 (and 6-0)

Animator/Director Gerald Potterton Turns 90

Happy 90th Birthday to animator and director Gerald Potterton. Most famous for directing the animated Heavy Metal movie from 1981, Gerald also animated cartoons and directed live action films. From  Wikipedia: Potterton has been nominated three times for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film: as director on the National Film Board of Canada […]

Posted on: Mar 8, 2021,  Section: Animation, Anniversaries, Movies, Comments: Comments Off on Animator/Director Gerald Potterton Turns 90

Happy 100th Birthday Skeezix!

100 years ago today in Gasoline Alley (from the New York Daily News): Over the years Jim Scancarelli has used the Sunday around Valentine’s Day as a reason to revisit the day Skeezix was found and his life after that momentous occasion. It was not unusual for the birthdays to be numbered.      Birthday’s […]

Posted on: Feb 14, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Longest Running Comic Character at 120 Years

The St. Louis Post Dispatch has regularly featured the Weatherbird on its front page since 1901. Since February 11, 1901 to be exact. The Weatherbird didn’t appear every day that February, but beginning March 4, 1901 the comic character became a regular front page feature during the week (it would take a few years for […]

Posted on: Feb 11, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

A Handful of Updates

Henry Martin A little drawing appeared around Reunions in 1983. It showed a smiling tiger strolling into Murray-Dodge Hall to the new AA Haven, set up to support alumni during Princeton’s annual alcohol-laden bash. “It was just a little vignette, but it was lighthearted and it made the whole thing seem unthreatening. And thoroughly Princetonian,” […]

Posted on: Feb 10, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on A Handful of Updates