Archive for October 15, 2012
While looking around the site recently, I thought to myself, where are all the cowboys? And who should come moseying along the trail at that very moment but Heppner Blackman’s Rawhide Bill. This may be a lesson in being careful what you wish for, pardner. Pulse pounding action in the Wild West has been traded for culture shock in the Effete East and six-guns have been traded for bad puns. Well, that’s not entirely true – there actually is one episode where Bill shoots a man in cold blood but it just so happens it also features some overt racism…forgive me if I do not highlight it further. I realize we’re looking at strips printed over a century ago and this stuff comes with the territory, but my first reaction is always “how were people okay with this?!” Maybe I should take a cue from the song and not try to understand ’em.
Speaking of Walter Wellman, what do we have here? Why, it’s a long forgotten strip featuring the domestic comedy of Mr. Happihome and spouse. While I’d like to find some strips from If or Oh, Where, Oh, Where, Has That Willie Boy Gone, I’m pretty excited to present these today; I’d never heard of it before. Happihome is pre-television sit-com for sure, there’s hi-jinks aplenty of the 1906 variety. You can count on him to pull the ol’ apple pie switcheroo or mistakenly bring home a cat instead of a hat…cue the laugh track.
For a few weeks in the summer of 1906, a guy named Gussie attempted to share his passion for the national pastime with his gal Gladys. The gags lobbed here are the softest of softballs, but the striking artwork certainly caught my eye (not to mention those fancy duds our titular duo don for a day out at the ball park). Lee Stanley may not have hit a home run with this one, but I’m sure you’ll still have a good time with Gussie and Gladys at the Ball Game, sports fans.
Harry Lewis is not an artist I’m familiar with, but I like what I’m seeing here in Mrs. Trixie Trix. From what I’ve been able to gather, Mr. Lewis has several short-run series to his name – in fact I’m including a couple strips from a second title as a bonus! The Hatred of Horrid Hattie is actually the first work of his that I stumbled upon, but I have only been able to locate two episodes. In my search for more, I ran into Trixie and knew I needed to share. If anyone has more Hattie or Trixie (though I’m thinking we may have the full run), please share.
Today we present a 12-part series from 1919: American Women Who Work! Attractively illustrated featurettes on artists, actresses, stenographers, society girls, and more!