Four Color No. 162, September 1947 is all Otto Messmer, creator of Felix the Cat; who provides art, story, and lettering for “Weather Profit.”
The voluptuous work of Otto Messmer serves as a prototype for bigfoot cartooning (a style now often called “cartoony”). Messmer was a rubber hose animator from the early days of cartoons who struck gold with Felix the Cat, produced for the Pat Sullivan Studios. Hugely influential, Messmer went on to draw the popular Felix comic strips and produced Felix comics for Dell (Western Publishing) throughout the 1940s and 50s. Looking at his pages is like opening the lid on a box of beautiful, round candies. How much do you adore the brushwork?Want more classic Messmer? Sure you do (and so do I!). Please see sidebar under The Big Blog Bookshelf!Addendum: Animator and comic book artist, Mike Kazaleh, has identified pages 7-16 as the work Jim Tyer. Isn't page 13 sooo like a Terrytoon cartoon? Thanks, Mike!
Another pretty Dell single color, inside cover. Pure two-toned pleasure.