Cookie's Pal, Jitterbuck in a One-Page Comic by Dan Gordon

Here's a quick one-page story from Dan Gordon
starring Cookie's best pal. Jitterbuck!

From ACG Comics' "The Kilroys" #45

Click on the comic page below to see it nice and big.

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ACG Comics images © Roger Broughton 2009

...that's it! Just a li'l one-pager for a busy Monday.
But there'll be lots more this week!

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  • Coming next time:
Another Super Rabbit comic book story!

Funny Comics Scans: Lil' Sigmund by Lou Trakis 1947

This comic book story by Lou Trakis appeared as filler pages in Katzenjammer Kids issue #20 published by Standard Comics in the Spring of 1952.

I don't know anything about the artist, but he sure knew how to draw comics with a carefree, breezy look!

Click on the pictures below
to see BIG Hi-Res scan of each comic book page

I just really enjoy the loosey-goosey, bouncy-silly look of these drawings. After scanning through hundreds of pages of old comics, these just jumped right out at me.

The artist is obviously very skilled, but he's not slick in the slightest. That's a good thing.

I love the goofy faces with the wonky expressions. The faces of all the characters looks the same, but he makes up for it by giving each one a very distinctive costume and hat. Very a Bazooka Joe comic.

No "art" here, no subtle characterization.

Nothing new or groundbreaking.

But it made me smile. I hope it made you smile, too.

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Stumble Inn Comic Strip by George Herriman - Double-sized Daily strip

There's a lot of George Herriman's Krazy Kat being reprinted these days, but not so many people are familiar with one of his other newspaper comic strips from the 1920's, Stumble Inn.

Stumble Inn is kind of like Fawlty Towers in that it all takes place in a small hotel with a small cast of regular characters...

The Main characters are:
Uriah Stumble,
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-- the long-suffering proprietor of the eponymous hotel...

Mr. Owl-Eye,
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the "house dick"
(or hotel detective, if you please...)

Mr. Weewee (oui, oui)
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the French chef who works in the kitchen

and Joe Beamish --
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a character who does absolutely nothing but sleep in the soft chairs in the lobby. I gather from the strip that he's not a paying guest, but rather just a lazy local who takes up space. It's amazing how much mileage George Herriman can get out of a character that never so much as opens his eyes!

Oh -- and a never-ending supply of "guests"
A guest at George Herriman's Stumble Inn speaks with Uriah Stumble in this detail from vintage comic strip scan
that can "stumble in" to the strip for added comedy situations.

Okay -- enough intro!

On with today's Stumble Inn comic strip ...

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Uriah Stumble calls upstairs to his wife Ida

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Uriah carries the whole chair outside with sleeping Joe Beamish and the cat on his lap

Interior cartoon bedroom 1920's lit by candlelight man takes off his suspenders

Here's the whole Stumble Inn comic strip at 300dpi...

George Herriman Stumble Inn high resolution hi-res comic strip scan

Yes, folks...this giant 6-panel strip is a DAILY comic strip! It measure about 6 inches tall by 12 inches wide. Too big to fit in my scanner. It's bigger than today's Sunday strips! I bought a small run of 26 consecutive comic strips on eBay a few years ago, and every single one of them has just as much love and detail and early 20th century urban funkiness as this one does.

I love when Herriman is drawing in this mode. It reminds me of his illustrations for the Archy and Mehitabel books.
archy and mehitabel comic illustration by George Herriman from book of poems by Don Marquis
His pen strokes are so assured and bouncy, filling his cartoons with vim and vigor!

According to Allan Holtz at The Stripper's Guide, George Herriman's Stumble Inn ran 10/30/1922-1/9/1926. That's right in the middle of his Krazy Kat output. George Herriman worked on at least 27 different comic strip titles in his life, and oftentimes many different strips ran at the same time. During his 1913-1944 run on Krazy Kat, he also concurrently created strips such as this one and Baron Bean ( I always liked that play on words: barren bean = empty head. I love it when people called someone's head their "bean.")

There's a nice example of a Stumble Inn color Sunday page HERE.

On a personal note, it is the cartooning genius of George Herriman (along with Roy Crane, and Harvey Kurtzman) that got me really excited about the boundless possibilities of cartooning. Now that there are so many reprint projects going on, I urge you to seek out the work of these "old masters" of cartoon art.

George Herriman Self Portrait drawing with Krazy Kat

If you'd like to see more of these Stumble Inn daily strips, please leave a comment and let me know!

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Freaky Obscure Jack Kirby Comics from 1957

Jack Kirby draw the Fourth Dimension in Harvey Comics Alarming Tales comic book issue#1

Well, this story was a pleasant discovery...some really top-notch freaky pre-Marvel sci-fi/horror comic book pages from the King of comics, Jack Kirby.

scan of comic book cover Alarming Tales #1 1957 drawn by Jack Kirby

This is from Alarming Tales #1, September 1957

Published by Western Tales, Inc. and Harvey Features Syndicate.
This comic book story is one of five tales in this all-Kirby extravaganza. If you get a chance to lay your paws on this comic book, get it! It's a winner through and through!

As usual, CLICK on any one of the pages below to see a large-size kooky Kirby comics page.

Kirby comics scans The Fourth Dimension is a Many Splattered Thing!

It looks like Kirby spent some time inside Steve Ditko's fevered imagination before drawing this story! Clearly, Jack Kirby knew how to draw those kind of extra-dimensional landscapes many years before Steve Ditko drew them in Marvel Comics' Strange Tales with Dr. Strange.

Scientists from the 1950's plunge through a wall into the Fourth Dimension

This 1957 comic book story was drawn just a few years after Richard Matheson wrote the short story "Little Girl Lost," but it was five more years before this imagery showed up on the Twilight Zone when "Little Girl Lost" was adapted for TV in 1962. I wonder if "doorways to another dimension" was a popular pulp-fiction theme at the time.

Jack Kirby art from the Fourth Dimension comic book scanned pages Alarming Tales first issue

As usual, CLICK on any one of these pages to see a large-size comic book page.

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1950's cartoon girlfriend rescues her scientist boyfriend from the Fourth Dimension in comics by Jack Kirby

Whew! That was a close one!

Would you like to see more stories from this comic? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think! Thanks...--Sherm

UPDATE #1: I just posted another story from this issue: The Last Enemy
...or you might just call it: Kirby Goes to the Dogs!

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One-Pagers from Kilroys Comics by Dan Gordon


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ACG Comics images © Roger Broughton 2009
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Sugar Bear Character Design over the years

Dan Goodsell's recent post about Super Sugar Crisp's Sugar Bear reminded me that my first cartoon influences were all the awesome animated breakfast cereal mascots of the late sixties and early seventies.

Vintage Post Sugar Bear character design
Sugar Bear was always one of my favorites (along with Quisp, the Freakies, The Trix Rabbit and Cap'n Crunch), and now Dan has created a photo set of the design evolution of Sugar Bear! There are many diffferent design approaches, and each one of the artists really knew how to draw a cute and appealing cartoon character. Fantastic stuff -- go take look!

PS...Dan Goodsell is also the author of one my all-time favorite cartoon art books, "Krazy Kids' Food"
Krazy Kids Food Vintage Food Graphics Book cover

...and another great website devoted to Cereal Box characters is:

Topher's Breakfast Cereal Character Guide

Solar Plexus - Interplanetary Messenger from WEIRD Comics #2

"Solar Plexus - Interplanetary Messenger" from WEIRD Comics #2 - Fox Publications, May 1939

Click on picture above to see a nice BIG comic page !

This "story" is so weird and inexplicable I just had to share it. I don't know who wrote or drew this (other than "by Jupiter"), and I don't know if there were more than two episodes with this character.

Click on picture below to see a nice BIG comic page !

All I know is that this 2-page bit of weirdness was the only thing that jumped out at me from this whole comic, and got me asking all kinds of questions like: Did this book have an editor? It's just so much fun and loose and reads like phone doodles!

Nice cover, though!

PS...I found an earlier episode of Solar Plexus - Interplanetary Messenger in WEIRD Comics #1, and I include it below just to satisfy your curiosity. It doesn't appear to have anything to do with the haiku-like hallucination above, and I found it entirely unremarkable...except that it wallows in the pool of utter nonsense as well.

Click on any picture to see a nice BIG comic page !

If anybody out there has any more info on who might've done this, please let me know. In the meantime, enjoy the ride!

For more info on Fox Publications and WEIRD comics, see THIS article at Toonopedia.

Thanks to the mad draftsman for the original scans!

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Cookie Comics FIRST Issue by Dan Gordon

Last month, a whole lot of CartoonSNAP readers (from all over the world!) downloaded Dan Gordon's Cookie Comics story from Cookie #20, so I decided to go back to the very first issue of COOKIE Comics to see how it all started...

ACG Comics images © Roger Broughton 2009

Cookie Comics #1 was published in 1946 by Michel Publications
of St. Louis, Missouri. 48 pages plus covers for only a dime.

Instead of putting up little thumbnails of the pages,
I picked out some of the best panels from the story
to show you up close. There's a link at the bottom of this post
which you can click to download all the pages in one file.'s a sample of what you'll find inside Cookie #1--

Contrast in character design

Check out the shadow under the old guy's beard.
Really makes it pop! His head is as wrinkly as his suit!

Foreground + Middle ground + Background = DEPTH of staging
He does this in almost every panel.

Silly situations, funny drawings and painful violence. That's a cartoon!

Dan Gordon poses = mayhem

So much action and movement!
In the panel above, notice how the colorist
pushed Angelpuss back into the background
by coloring her in monotone.

...and these detail shots
are from a Jitterbuck solo story:

(check out the SOLID construction and anatomy on that dog!)

I love that shadow against the fence as the dog is climbing up!
Dan gordon puts in a lot of blacks like that in his inking
which really gives his drawings a super-solid feel.
The shadows also let us know that the dog's right leg is toughing the fence,
but his left leg is still trailing behind in mid-air.

You don't notice these details while reading the story because they go by so quickly, but if you stop and admire any of these pages in detail, you can really see what a master craftman and master cartoonist Dan Gordon was!

See that big black shadow on Jitterbuck's leg? You can just feel the weight of that dog against Jitt's body! Even the cans are rendered differently. And the light source is consistent and well-planned to give everything weight. But it's still so cartoony!

Dan Gordon excels at drawing the backs of characters' heads.

If you like these samples from the comic, you can download all these stories at once below. I've been experimenting with different methods of posting these comics, so I'd appreciate it if you'll leave some comments to let me know what you think is easiest. I just don't want to make people have to click and save thirty different images, because it really bugs me when I have to do that.

Click on the COOKIE #1 COVER below
to DOWNLOAD all of these stories
in one convenient 67Mb PDF file

Or click HERE to download the all the stories
in a .ZIP file which contains all the pages as separate jpegs.

...and remember...

If you missed the previous post where I shared
Cookie #20, you can find it HERE.

ACG Comics images © Roger Broughton 2009
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