Friday, July 1, 2011

The Pie-Face Prince and Chauncey Chirp!

More George Carlson and his best remembered comic book creation, The Pie-Face Prince of Old Pretzelburg. Carlson always gave the young prince a healthy dose of mischief bordering on pure anarchy. Both stories today are from Jingle Jangle Comics No. 14, April 1945.

This Chauncey Chirp story is by Dave Tendlar. Like so many comic book artists of the era, Tendlar was primarily known as an animator. He animated and directed cartoons for Fleischer, Famous, Terrytoons, and Hanna-Barbera. Here we find a nice, round style with some sweet, easily-overlooked draftsmanship. Note the old fellow fishing on pages two and three.


  1. I loved that 2nd story ! Straight forward layouts like a John Ford film. I need to use silhouettes effectively in my own work the way these Masters did. When done right, it is not just simpler to draw but powerful & effective.

  2. Tendlar's work really grows on you. The more I look at it, the more I see I like. Thanks for commenting!

  3. I have a weird old adult gag book from the 50's and it has a bird story in it called Chauncey Chump that I guess is a spoof of this?! Learn something new everyday. I'll dig it out and show ya, Mykal.


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