Thursday, August 7, 2014

Ha Ha Comics, 1953 - Art from Irving Dressler

I always find forgotten characters in older kids' comics kind of sad. I think of the kids that loved the adventures of Hurry Hare and Willie Watchdog - the stars of today's story. This is from Ha Ha Comics No. 91, August-September, 1953. The nicely bouncy art is by Irving Dressler. For more about Irv Dressler, check out my pal, Alberto Becattini's, great blog - Alberto's Pages!

PS: I've thrown in a couple of cool ads from the same issue for good measure.

10 comments:

  1. Irving is an artist I am unfamiliar with...and am the poorer for it. Very lively stuff. Thanks for showing it.

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    1. My pleasure, Pappy. "Lively" describes Irving nicely.

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  2. Thanks for taking the time to post this comic, Mykal. They get a lot of story in just 6 pages.

    A $1 beach ball was really expensive for 1953! I guess it came already inflated? In a 3' tall box?

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    1. KW: Ha! I was wondering the same thing. It's an awesome deal for a $1.00!!

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  3. Mykal:

    In a way, I also feel sorry for the forgotten characters and the fans or followers they might have had. Irving Dressler showed his animation talents with some very lively drawings. So many of these stories looked as if they came out of 1940s Famous Studios cartoons, or other cartoons of that ilk, and that MAY have been the secret to whatever success they had.

    For anyone interested in that sort of discussion, I kind of expand on that thought, and the topic of “Kids’ Comics” in general, in THIS BLOG POST of mine, where I disagree with something said by the great Carl Barks. Of course Mr. Barks stated his position in 1962, and my rebuttal occurred in 2011, so I wouldn’t exactly call it a debate. And, not surprisingly, “Unca Carl” would eventually be proven right over time – just not (I feel) when he originally said it.

    Also, when I wrote this, the classic character Disney comic books, (WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES, DONALD DUCK, MICKEY MOUSE, and UNCLE SCROOOGE) were still being published – and I was still writing scripts for some of them – so that was then-cause for celebration. Now, it’s three years and counting without them, with no end to that situation coming.

    Oh, and that’s not a BEACH BALL… it’s a PLANET!

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  4. Hey, Joe. As usual your comments and posts are full of a ton of good stuff! I want that beach ball bad.

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  5. BEACH BALL, nothing! I still maintain it’s a PLANET – and those be GODS tossing it about! :-)

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  6. Well done, Mykal!

    By the way, I have just posted a profile of Irving Dressler on my blog. Check it out at

    http://alberto-s-pages.webnode.it/news/irving-dressler/

    Best,
    Alberto

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  7. Going there right now, Alberto!

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  8. Albert - I linked in you in this post.

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