Snooper and Blabber: Gold Key #1, 1962 > Artist uncredited

Posted in Hanna-Barbera with tags , on July 6, 2011 by ComiCrazys

Birthday Boomerang and the one pagers at beginning and end are by Harvey Eisenberg. – John K.

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Doodles Duck: Raccoon Kids #s 53 & 54, 1954 > Sheldon Mayer

Posted in Sheldon Mayer with tags , on June 28, 2011 by ComiCrazys

(More of) The Completely MAD Don Martin: Best Cartoons From MAD Magazine > Don Martin

Posted in Don Martin with tags , on June 20, 2011 by ComiCrazys

Friday Funnies Presents: Dick Duck, Duck Dick #15 > Jim Engel

Posted in Friday Funnies, Jim Engel with tags , , on June 17, 2011 by ComiCrazys

First appeared in The Comic Reader #180, May 1980

Jim Engel: So we meet Daphne Duck! Take a good look—she never appeared again. Not my INTENT, but the way it panned out… In re-looking at this page, I noticed room 306—that was our apartment number at the time I drew this one. Also, that music looks real, and knowing me, it probably WAS. I can’t recall what it is, and I can’t read music. If I hadda GUESS? Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman”… The punch-line (if there is one), was just my being (as I recall) sick of the term “relationship”, which by 1980 was in vogue ad nauseam. This “pals” was pure “pals”… I still draw the pals characters today, usually for the same reason I first drew them, in notes to my wife Charis. I also just like drawing the for fun. “pals” BONUS! When I got my Wacom Cintiq a coupla yrs. ago, one of the first things I drew on it was “pals”. In fact, I re-drew the FIRST “pals” (very hastily, without doing a “rough” or “pencil” layer). Slap-dash, but here it is below…

Friday Funnies Presents: Dick Duck, Duck Dick #14> Jim Engel

Posted in Friday Funnies, Jim Engel with tags , , on June 10, 2011 by ComiCrazys

First appeared in The Comic Reader #179, April 1980

Jim Engel: Nothing more dramatic in comics than killing your lead character, right? And introducing (if only verbally) his long lost love on the same page…
I said last time I’d name the Doc, and explain his name… Richard Adams’ “WATERSHIP DOWN” is my favorite book (well, it vies with “THE LORD OF THE RINGS” for that title). My being a “Funny Animal Cartoonist” has a lot to do with my lifelong love of animals, and anthropomorphic animal characters in books, comics, cartoons, etc…

WATERSHIP DOWN is an epic story about a band of rabbits leaving their doomed warren in England, and traversing the countryside to find a new home. I can’t recommend it to anyone reading this highly enough (and I can’t discourage you from seeing the abysmal animated adaptation strongly enough). My love of W.D. and adams took me naturally to another of his books– “THE PLAGUE DOGS”, another anthropomorphic animal epic. To quote Wikipedia: “This book tells of the escape of two dogs, Rowf and Snitter, from a government research station in the Lake District in England, where they had been horribly mistreated. They live on their own with help from a fox, or “tod,” who speaks to them in a Geordie dialect. After the starving dogs attack some sheep on the fells, they are reported as ferocious man-eating monsters by a journalist. A great dog hunt follows, which is later intensified with the fear that the dogs could be carriers of a dangerous bioweapon, such as the bubonic plague.” The “research center” is where Rowf & Snitter are experimented on daily–Rowf drowned (nearly) over and over, and Snitter having his brain probed & poked, giving him delusions & visions. Snitter was one of those characters you can’t forget, and the doc in DD,DD was my little tribute to great character and book (and a lousy cartoon).

Friday Funnies Presents: Dick Duck, Duck Dick #13> Jim Engel

Posted in Friday Funnies, Jim Engel with tags , , on June 3, 2011 by ComiCrazys

First appeared in The Comic Reader #178, March 1980

Jim Engel: What to say about #13? I remember a lot of people telling me it was a favorite… I couldn’t (well—WOULDN’T) have done it without the access I had to a photostat machine at my greeting card day job. Poor Jerry Sinkovec had no similar short-cuts when it came to COLORING it—he had to hand cut separations for every panel. The Doc in the last panel gets a name next chapter, so we’ll talk about him then…

Two chapters ago we saw Lackluster Lizard’s debut, and last time a “Bungalow Bill” strip in the Krazy Kat style. Below is a Lackluster Lizard strip from 1976. This originally appeared in “BUMBAZINE”, a fanzine put together by Alan Jim Hanley, Chuck Fiala, and me. The Lackluster character is evolving visually into the character he looks like in DD,DD. Actually, I had a second character called “Newt the Newt” whose visuals I co-opted and gave to Lackluster when I decided to insert him in the DD strip. The strip below is the the first appearance of “Pigs Benedict”, and the rabbit is essentially the look I used for Bungalow Bill in DD. Don’t ask me who the mouse is.

Powerhouse Pepper: “Fewer Chewers” & “Fightin’ For A Fortune” > Basil Wolverton

Posted in Basil Wolverton with tags , on May 30, 2011 by ComiCrazys