Tuesday, August 31, 2010

LITTLE IODINE In Four Color!

Imagine a superstar lineup – a kind of dream team – comprised of all the mischievous-yet-lovable kids that have starred in their own comic strips and books. The setting is a classroom where in attendance we find Dennis the Menace, Little Lulu, Tubby, Li’l Jinx, Little Audrey & Melvin, The Katzenjammer Kids (held back several times and the massive bullies of the class), etc. etc. “May I have your attention, class? Thank you. Today we have a new pupil. Class, please say hello to Little Iodine!”

Little Iodine (My favorite name of all the imps) was the creation of the great Jimmy Hatlo, whom baby-boomers will remember from his one-two panel strip, They'll Do It Every Time. Little Iodine was a spin-off of that strip, achieving her own strip and her own Dell comic. These two following stories come from Four Color No. 257, December 1949. Feast your eyes on Hatlo’s classic bigfoot draftsmanship!

This is another B&W inside cover (in this case the back cover); always an enjoyable staple with Dell. Hatlo's lovely brushwork and draftsmanship is on full display.

17 comments:

  1. I like everything about this! Can't believe I've never heard of Hatlo. Reminds of a combination of Milt Gross and Dr. Seuss.

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  2. "Reminds of a combination of Milt Gross and Dr. Seuss."

    Oooh, I wish I had thought of that! Good one!

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  3. This one has a real bite to it..

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  4. Yep, this comics got the goods all right.

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  5. Chuck: you gotta love Hatlo! I remember as a kid reading They'll Do It Every Time and being amazed at his drawing!

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  6. This one feels like Sunday newspaper comics (to me,) from back when Sunday comics were good and important

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  7. I would look forward to the Sunday Comic pages to read Little Iodine and Henry, as KW said, back when Sunday Comics were good. Thanks for sharing Little Iodine with us again.

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  8. KW & Bookman: I really miss the Sunday Funnies, too. Reading them used to be a real event on Sundays. Gone. Gone. Gone.

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  9. Have you seen Marvel's imitation, Little Aspirin?

    Another strip that reminds me of Little Iodine was Pricilla's Pop.

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  10. Mark: I haven't seen Little Asprin, nor Pricilla's Pop. More students for the dream class.

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  11. I've been looking for a specific comic for a long time, not absolutely sure but I think it's Little Iodine... if anyone here is familiar with it, could you tell me if you remember one where she "invents" a code/language that she calls "Short Talk"-- and if so, where I can locate it? thanks!

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  12. I don't know of that comic myself, but I hope someone does.

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  13. your retro comics were awesome. I read some of my mother's old little Iodine as a child and loved them. Never thought I would have the chance to read them again.

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  14. My daughter is at the Little Iodine stage so really identify with the Dad. :-)

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  15. Chrys: I love Hatlo's line too. Very rich

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