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Diana Dillpickles returns in “Miss Dillpickles Participates In An Aviation Meet With A Rival Birdlady Whose Vindictiveness Would Turn The Blood To Ice In Your Veins,” featuring a special cameo from you-know-who and a shocking twist you must see to believe. This one, as always, is from Fred Shaefer, but our pal Condo had departed the feature by this point, leaving some of the usual fill-ins to take up the art chores. In this case we have the more-than-able Clifton Meek providing the visuals. Six parts; start with the one above.
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Baum and Denslow. When is someone going to send in a recording of one of these?
Well, this is an exciting development for all you Buddy Tucker fans: we now have the whole run! The episode above fills the one nagging gap we had in our collection, plus I found the four strips which were missing from the beginning of the run – that should be everything. Buddy was originally spun off from Buster Brown; does anyone know if he was brought back into the fold once his short lived title ended for good? (Bonus points if you expose my extreme laziness by citing an example found in our archive)
After finding those Rawhide Bill strips, I went hunting for some info on Heppner Blackman but I wasn’t expecting much…I certainly didn’t think I’d come across biographical details AND a photo! Plus we get Winsor McCay, Norman Jennett, Clifford Sterrett, Clarence Rigby, George Westcott, John P. Collins and Garnet Warren as well? Jackpot!
Congratulations and accolades are due to Allan Holtz for the publication of his American Newspaper Comics: An Encyclopedic Reference Guide! My copy arrived in the mail yesterday, a wonderful birthday gift from my mother, and I tore into it eagerly.
I don’t think there are too many books about comics that get past me. My comic book collection isn’t made up of polybagged periodicals in longboxes tucked beneath my bed, but are bound books of and about comics, hundreds of them spilling out of my bookshelves. Among them are dozens of volumes which claim to be encyclopedias of one stripe or another, but Holtz’s Encyclopedic Reference stands out among them all. This isn’t a casual browsing encyclopedia for dragging out and randomly perusing; it’s a serious reference work that I look forward to keeping close by as we collect comics here at Barnacle Press. The main body of the book is a listing of strips by title, of course, but there are also listings by Syndicate and Creator and a fantastic, exhaustive list of strip reprints. I haven’t yet dug into the included CD of representative strips, but I’m sure it’ll be a corker.
In creating this book, Holtz has performed a service of singular utility, the rewards of which will be reaped for decades to come. We at Barnacle Press offer our deepest thanks to Allan for his efforts.