Sunday, June 22, 2014

Robin des Bois



Robin Hood and Company was begun in the Toronto Telegram on September 23, 1935 and carried on until December 16, 1939. The author and copyright-holder was Edwin R. “Ted” McCall (1901-1975) who had previously created Men of the Mounted, (February 13, 1933-February 16, 1935,) the first comic strip ever to feature Mountie heroes. The illustrator was Charles R. Snelgrove, a Toronto Telegram staff artist who illustrated newspaper serials. 

Robin Hood and Company was serialized in the French journal L’Aventureux as Robin des Bois, beginning with No. 31 on August 7, 1937. These were colored reprints of the black and white Robin Hood & Company dailies by Snelgrove. The last appeared in L’Aventureux dated March 8, 1943 and was attributed to Charles Morel.


August 7, 1937
August 28, 1937
November 6, 1937
December 4, 1937
January 15, 1938
August 10, 1941 par Charles Morel
All images courtesy Gallica

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Bell Features Comic Book Titles 1946-1951

Dime Comics No. 17
“By the end of the war (Cyril) Bell had bought a seventy-five foot long printing press with a seventy-five thousand dollar loan from the Industrial Development Bank and started reprinting old comic books with new covers for export to England. They were shipped a thousand at a time in old tea chests and the new covers were adapted to suit English tastes (Wow Comics, a title considered meaningless in the Midlands became Smasher Comics). He also began dealing with American comic-book publishers and broadened his line with coloring books, puzzle magazines, and a series of extremely tame love comics.”  

 ‘A fond portrait of those wild… Wartime Comics, A Maclean’s Flashback’ by Alexander Ross, Maclean’s Magazine, September 19, 1964.

 Bell Features Comic Books from the Canadian Patent Office Records

Comic-Crimes, August 26 1946

Smasher Comics, August 26 1946

Super Duper Comics, April 12, 1947

Movie Life Comic, Feb 14, 1951

Super Duper Comics, Feb 14, 1951

Frontier Marshall Comics, Feb 14, 1951

World’s Greatest Comics Feb 14, 1951

Cartoon Funnies, Feb 14, 1951

Ranger Trail Comics, Feb 14, 1951

Gallant Comics, Feb 14, 1951

Hi Comics, Feb 14, 1951

Starlight Romances, Feb 14, 1951

Animal Toons, Feb 14, 1951

Campus Comics, Feb 14, 1951

Valiant Comics, February 27, 1951

Firefighter Comics, February 27, 1951

Rescue Squad Comics, February 27, 1951

Sky Hawk Comics, February 27, 1951

Animal ‘Ventures, February 27, 1951

Corral Comics, February 27, 1951

Amazing Animals, February 27, 1951

Comic Toons, May 8 1951

Spy Secrets, May 8 1951

Moonlight Romances, May 8 1951

Secret Agent, May 8 1951

Love Confidences, May 8 1951

Spring Romance Comics, May 8 1951

Circus of Fun, May 22, 1951

Kiddie Caper Comic, May 22, 1951

Terrific Adventure Comics, May 22, 1951

Parade of the Stars, May 22, 1951

Boots and Saddles, Comics May 22, 1951

Teen Toons, May 22, 1951

Movie Comics, June 8, 1951

Teen ‘Ventures, June 8, 1951

Wonderful Adventures, June 8, 1951

Crack Adventures, June 8, 1951

Amazing Spy Adventures, June 8, 1951

Tribal Warrior, June 8, 1951

Asia Comics, November 27, 1951

Surprising Adventures, November 27, 1951

Western Cowboys and Outlaws, November 27, 1951

Sherriffs VS Outlaws, November 27, 1951

Western Adventure Thrillers, November 27, 1951

All Great Comics, November 28, 1951

All Top Comics, November 28, 1951

Jungle Drums, November 28, 1951

Broncho Busters, November 28, 1951

Amazing Western Adventures, November 28, 1951

   

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Cartoonmen of Canada


Maclean’s Magazine, Vol. XXVII, No. 5, March 1914, pp.43-46.

ONE

TWO

THREE

FOUR
*Thanks to Jim Brigham!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

French Canadian Newspapers


Useful information and sample galleries of French Canadian newspapers carrying comics HERE and specifics on Le Samedi (familiar to Punch in Canada readers) HERE. Thanks to AndrĂ© Fournier.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Nothing But The Truth

Evening Telegram Thurs. Aug. 8 1929
Nearly everyone knows Hy Moyer, the originator of the illustrated cartoons, "Nothing but the Truth." Hy Moyer is now being teamed with Joe Carr in a series of programmes scheduled for 10.30 Saturday night, or immediately following the end of the hockey broadcast. Known as the "Cartoon of the Air" the Moyer-Carr combination presents some very original oddities in the news. It's one of those programmes quite different from the ordinary run of entertainment. CFRB, TorontoFlesherton Advance, Nov. 1941

Harry B. Moyer's Nothing But The Truth was a popular front page cartoon in the Toronto Telegram in the late twenties and thirties. Hy Moyer drew comic pages for Bell Features of Toronto in the forties doing various humour cartoon pages like Dibs & Dabs in Active Comics and the stereotypical Java Bean in Super-Duper Comics #3 (featuring the last appearance of Adrian Dingle's Nelvana of the Northern Lights). Below are two of Moyers Canadian postcards. A 1915  article by Moyer entitled Art and the Newspaper can be read HERE. 




*Tip of the hat to J. Brigham

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Superman in Manitoba



Not long after Superman’s first appearance in Action Comics #1, published on April 18, 1938 (dated on the cover to June 1938) the Superman comic strip was published in the Winnipeg Evening Tribune.  The promotional article, announced on October 31, 1939, used local landmarks like the Red River and the Golden Boy on the top of the legislative building dome to stir the young Manitoban’s imaginations.


The strip was announced on October 31, 1939 and finally made its debut as a daily on November 3, 1939 followed by a color half-Sunday page the following Saturday.

On September 13, 1941, under a banner featuring portraits of the creators was an article by John Kobler reprinted from the Saturday Evening Post.





Monday, August 6, 2012

He is Surprised to Find Houses in Montreal








Cartoons Magazine (US), Volume 6, July-Dec, 1914

Canadian Newspaper Cartoonist Portraits of 1902



Images from The Wandering Yankee; or, The Fun of Seeing Canada by Anson Albert Gard NY: Emerson Press 1902





Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hark! A Vagrant


Kate Beaton’s Tumblr page HERE.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Lost Heroes

A new Canadian documentary, ‘Lost Heroes,’ a look at the Canadian war comics and their creators, is currently being filmed in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Los Angeles by Middle Child Films in association with Farpoint Films.