Archive for September 16, 2012

Sunday Song: Did You Ever See A Rabbit?

Here’s a little number from a couple of gents better known for a different collaboration.

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One Opp: It’s A Sad Story, Mates!

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Opper19141022

It’s Mr. Skygack: He’s From Mars!

Mr. Skygack From Mars casts his Martian curiosity on palmists, auctions, and beer, and he jots down notes on a couple of astronomers as they take notes about his home!

Start with the strip below and continue through the end of April, 1908!

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skygack080203

And Now An Entry From Diana’s Diary

Or How Diana Dillpickles Found The Romantic Stock Star All To The Citrus, a melodrama in six parts. Click on the image below and go from there.

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diana061107

Whoa, Nelly! It’s Nell Brinkley!

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Who better to give us short, bittersweet glimpses of early 20th Century life in America than an actual American icon? Hey, deja-vu!

But truly, Nell Brinkley is a perfect follow-up to Thrillmer’s Flagg post. She straddled the gilded age and the jazz age both artistically and culturally; like Flagg and Gibson, she mainly worked in the vein of captioned illustrations more than what we’d strictly call comics, and she continued mining the format well past its turn-of-the-century heyday. Her “Brinkley Girls” took over the public imagination in a big way, taking over from the previously ascendant “Gibson Girls” the mantle of idealized womanhood. Abetted by the ever-improving methods of newspaper printing, her work was possessed of lines which were delicate and proliferous, lines which her masculine peers wouldn’t and couldn’t produce twenty years earlier.

Matching her voluminous style of art, Miss Brinkley’s accompanying text was likewise outsized. Where Flagg and Gibson contented themselves with a perfect sentence or phrase to caption their pieces, Brinkley produced reams of saccharine prose extolling the virtues of love and romance. But she was something of an actual journalist as well, giving lurid murder trials a female point of view. In the batch I’ve put up today, there’s an update on her most famous subject, Evelyn Nesbit Thaw, the femme fatale who drove her husband to murder and provoked the original “Trial of the Century”.

All things considered, I prefer Flagg and Gibson’s work to Brinkley’s, but I do find her work charming and gay, and I suppose that’s exactly what it aimed to be.

Life’s Little Events as Captured by James Montgomery Flagg

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Who better to give us short, bittersweet glimpses of early 20th Century life in America than an actual American icon?  The man who would soon create the still famous Uncle Sam recruitment poster (based on his own visage), James Montgomery Flagg began illustrating these “little incidents” for newspaper readers in 1913.  The tropes JMF tackles in these snapshots from a century ago are still very much in play today, from youthful fashion upsetting the older generation to the sting of finding that first gray hair.  Needless to say, there’s some crazy talent on display here; do yourself a favor and visit our JMF archive today!

 

Burst Out Along With Everett!

Twenty-six more strips have been added to the Outbursts of Everett True archives this morning! Everett deals out punishment to landlords, public sots, ambulance-chasing lawyers, and more! The strip of January 21 has a particularly wonderful second panel, and this panel tickles my teetotaling funnybone. There are even a couple of nods to some kind of vigilante progressivism, with Everett coming to the aid of a battered wife (with a sad-but-all-too-common outcome), a frightened child (albeit with a weird mixed message), and giving what-for to a fellow who’s against giving the vote to women.

The pro-suffrage strip is one of several in this installment which were not done by A.D. Condo, but by a fellow named Renfro, a local Seattle talent. But while the other two are clearly marked by Renfro, and are large editorial pieces, the suffragette strip is unsigned but given the standard “Outbursts” label. Weird.

Start with the strip below, and keep reading until the end of March, 1909!

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oet090101

X Strengthen America X

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temperance170628

Sunday Best: James Montgomery Flagg

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Just wanted to share a little piece I found on James Montgomery Flagg. Perhaps we’ll be seeing more of his work soon..?

Skygack Friday!

Another week’s flown by, bringing us another step closer to the oblivion that awaits us all, as well as another installment of Mr. Skygack From Mars! This time around, we’ve got our alien reporting on wrestling matches, bathing habits, and Teddy Roosevelt! Start with the strip below and continue until the end of January ’08 with a wonderfully rendered undersea diver!

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