Thursday, December 13, 2018

Veronica and the Tunnel of Love

You may have seen this floating around in recent years. It's amusing and actually quite well done but it's not real. It's shopped from the cover of a 1961 issue of BETTY AND VERONICA. That cover was, in fact, a redo from a 1955 issue of BETTY AND VERONICA. I knew all that. What I didn't know until today was that the original gag was used yet again--this time with a twist!--on a 1972 cover of ARCHIE!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Early Jack Davis-1944

Click to embiggen. Here we see one of the earliest pieces of Jack Davis sports art.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Marx Brothers in It's True! 1937

As evidenced by the inclusion of Maureen O' Sullivan, this was from the publicity period for A DAY AT THE RACES. Groucho's birthdate, by the way, is officially October 2nd, not October 21st.

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Jeff Jones Print For Sale

Anyone have any interest in this? The late Jeffrey Jones, Native Son (Glimmer Graphics, 2008), signed and numbered limited edition print on acid-free stock, 11 x 14 in. This is NOT my copy but one found online because it's too big for my scanner. Mine is # 56/100 and has never been out of its thick mylar sleeve. Asking $75 postpaid.

Email me at if interested. I'll take this post down if it sells so if you're reading this, it hasn't sold yet. 

Saturday, December 08, 2018

The Life and Works of Pat Buttram--1936 Comic Strip

Pat Buttram was a very funny man. To folks of my age, he'll always be Mr. Haney from GREEN ACRES. To an earlier generation, he was Gene Autry's sidekick. To an even earlier generation, he was a radio humorist who actually had a comic strip about him in the 1930s WLS magazine, STAND BY. I haven't been able to track down info on who did this strip but it's quite well-drawn.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Keaton and Key-1931

I've read about a dozen biographies of Keaton but, assuming this story is in them, I blocked it for some reason. Easy enough to read between the lines that Keaton's story about this all being over a bet about losing weight was an attempt to stave off the type of scandal that had brought down his friend Roscoe Arbuckle earlier in the decade. For her part, Key was reported to have said the problem was an old golf bet! She didn't work much in Hollywood after this event. Keaton's career was already in its downward spiral anyway, hastened on by his wife Natalie and the Talmadge family and not helped at all by his self-medicating with alcohol. In the long run, though, Buster would have the last laugh, his classic silent films being rediscovered and justly lauded throughout the world. He would live long enough to be feted at film festivals and declared one of the giants in the history of the film industry. 

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

What's Up Doc?--the Sitcom

I just re-watched WHAT'S UP DOC? with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal, one of the funniest comedies ever made, on Prime and I dimly recalled seeing a failed TV pilot. Here's what I could 
find on it from 1978. Barry Van Dyke, is, of course, Dick's son. This would have been Harriet Hall's big break. As it is, her credits are relatively few. Twelve years after this, she would co-star in a teen soap called TRIBES. IMDB says she retired form acting due to back issues. She died in 2007. 

Sunday, December 02, 2018

My Recent Computer Art

I still try to do some computer art at least once or twice a week. Often I start with a pre-existing image--either a photo, a drawing, or my own earlier, simpler artwork--and I mess with it in various programs and apps. I flip it, overlap it multiple times, filter it several ways, change the colors, and otherwise change it around until I find a totally new image within it.