Sunday, September 18, 2022

The Duke and the Dope ala Ken Hultgren!

Good afternoon, Kids! So nice to visit with you all again!

Ken Hultgren had a very successful and varied career in the arts, working at a very high-level wherever he hung his shingle.

He began, like so many illustrators before him, in animation. In the early 1940s, he became one of the great “animal artists” at Disney. By the late 40s, Mr. Hultgren had branched out into comics, working for Sangor Studios (Ha Ha and Giggle Comics). He famously illustrated such titles as The Duke and the Dope (enjoyed below) and Robespierre.

Throughout the 1950s and thereafter, he did a little of everything, working in comics, animation, and newspaper strip work.

His beautiful artwork is on good display here in this tale from the halls of injustice, featuring the pair of friends, the Duke (ever scheming) and the Dope (ever innocent). This story comes from Giggle Comics No. 20 (June, 1945)

Coming up next, the work of Bob Wickersham (Bob Wick)!

I will see you all again very soon. Until then, I hope you are all warm, safe, and happy!

--Your friend, Mykal

Friday, May 13, 2022

Dan Gordon's SuperKatt!

Good afternoon, Kids! So nice to visit with you all again!

Dan Gordon remains a favorite cartoonist of mine, so it’s always a good day when I can share some of his work. It seems many comic book artists from this era (40s/50s) had animation backgrounds, but Mr. Gordon’s directorial background with various animation studios was very extensive. Most notably, he directed several Popeye shorts for Famous Studios which were known for their frenetic action and fast pace. It was this breakneck sense of movement that Mr. Gordon carried onto his storytelling and comic book work for Giggle Comics in 1944.

Superkatt was Mr. Gordon’s best-known reoccurring creation in Giggle Comics, a character intended to poke gentle fun at the emerging costumed superhero genre. Pure fun, the character is a simple housecat (albeit a talking one) who wears a diaper, a baby’s bonnet, and a bowtie to fight minor, local injustice.

So, let’s enjoy Mr. Gordon’s glorious, lush work! This story comes from Giggle Comics No. 20 (June, 1945)

Coming up next, the work of Ken Hultgren!

I will see you all again very soon. Until then, I hope you are all warm, safe, and happy!

--Your friend, Mykal

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