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 Hultgeren!

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

--Your friend, Mykal

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Ben Levin's Aunty Spry!

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

Today we have a cartoonist all-but completely forgotten by time (but not here at the Big Blog), 1940s cartoonist, Ben Levin. Despite much searching, I have not been able to turn up any biographical information. He was an active cartoonist for comics throughout the 1940s and early 50s, however, and his work was always very loose, rubbery, and appealing.

One of my pleasures in hosting the Big Blog is to archive and bring to light the work of artists increasingly lost to the past. This lively story - from Jingle Jangle Comics No. 13 (February 1945) – features Aunty Spry, who was a reoccurring character in Jingle Jangle and always illustrated by Ben Levin.

Isn’t it pleasant to imagine the kids in early 1945, reading this comic book story in their rooms or perhaps stretched out on a rug in the living room while their parents listen to the radio. WWII would end before the year was over, but their parents would still be concerned with gas rationing. And so was Aunty Spry. So much so she suggests that she and her young charges walk to the rodeo rather than use gasoline by driving!

Let's wrap things up with a couple of full-page ads from the same issue. Man, I love the ad pages from this era of comics!


Coming up next, a Superkatt story from Dan Gordon!

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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