Thursday, January 14, 2010

Chicago Tribune Cartoonists--1931

This seemed perfect to post over at I.T.C.H. this morning but for some reason, in spite of multiple efforts, I could not make an embedded video work...even though it kept telling me it was working! Aaargh!

Anyway, THIS is cool! It's is a truly fascinating and rare bit of footage to entice the comics historian. To quote from the original YouTube poster: An edited excerpt from the silent 1931 promotional documentary, “From Trees to Tribunes,” focusing on the Tribune company’s stable of cartoonists. At work we can see John T. McCutcheon, Gaar Williams, Carey Orr, Sidney Smith of “The Gumps,” Frank King of “Gasoline Alley,” Frank Willard of “Moon Mullins, Carl Ed of “Harold Teen,” Martin Branner of “Winnie Winkle,” Walter Berndt of “Smitty” and Harold Gray of “Little Orphan Annie.” Noticeably missing from the line-up is Chester Gould’s “Dick Tracy,” which didn’t begin until October of 1931.

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