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Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Comic Books: Milt Stein’s Super Mouse

Milt Stein's Supermouse

Milt Stein's SupermouseMilt Stein's SupermouseFunny animal comics don’t get enough respect.

Many incredibly talented artists worked in funny animal comics… some, like Kurtzman and Frazetta, went on to fame in other genres. Yet the only artist working in this field that most people are familiar with is Carl Barks. Uncle Scrooge comics are fine, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In the 1940s and 50s, there was a wealth of funny animal comics all drawn in completely unique styles. I have to admit that comics aren’t my strong suit, but when I see a comic like this one, I want to know more about the people responsible for them.

Here is Supermouse Comics number 4, drawn by Milt Stein. Little is known about Stein’s career. Tom Sito points out that he was an animator at Famous for a time, and he worked on Tubby the Tuba for Dr. Alexander Shure’s Westbury Long Island Company, the tradtional forerunner of NY Tech’s Computer Animation Program. He committed suicide in 1977. Milton Knight adds, that Stein "animated some very expressive scenes at Terry in the early 40s (the girl mouse puppet in Down With Cats). And in the 60s, he animated the humorous characters on an independent TV pilot that Jerry Beck likes to include in his “Worst” ASIFA shows, titled Cosmic Raymond. I think Stein was one of the most neglected artists of all time; and he drew far more imaginatively than Barks!"

If anyone else with expertise in this area are reading, please post what you know about Stein into the comments field and I’ll add your info to this post too.

Milt Stein's Supermouse
Milt Stein's Supermouse
Milt Stein's Supermouse
Milt Stein's Supermouse
Milt Stein's Supermouse
Milt Stein's Supermouse
Milt Stein's Supermouse
Milt Stein's Supermouse
Milt Stein's Supermouse
Milt Stein's Supermouse

Milt Stein's Supermouse
Milt Stein's Supermouse
Milt Stein's Supermouse
Milt Stein's Supermouse
Milt Stein's Supermouse
Milt Stein's Supermouse

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Comic Books.

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Comic Books: Jim Tyer’s Funny Animal Comics

Jim Tyer Comics

Jim TyerJim TyerJim Tyer was a one-of-a-kind. He animated for Van Beuren, Famous Studios, Terrytoons and Hal Seeger and drew and wrote funny animal comics. Once you’ve seen a really good Tyer drawing, you can never forget it. I’m going to let these examples tell you about him…

Jim Tyer Comics
Jim Tyer Comics
Jim Tyer Comics
Jim Tyer Comics
Jim Tyer Comics

Jim Tyer Comics
Jim Tyer Comics
Jim Tyer Comics
Jim Tyer Comics
Jim Tyer Comics
Jim Tyer Comics

Jim Tyer Comics
Jim Tyer Comics
Jim Tyer Comics
Jim Tyer Comics
Jim Tyer Comics
Jim Tyer Comics

Jim Tyer Comics
Jim Tyer Comics
Jim Tyer Comics
Jim Tyer Comics
Jim Tyer Comics
Jim Tyer Comics

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Comic BooksComic Books

This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Comic Books.
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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Animation: Huckleberry Hound Weekly

Another great item lent to us to digitize by my good friend Kent Butterworth… This time it’s a British newsstand comic from March 28th, 1964 featuring the Hanna-Barbera Characters…

Huck Hound Weekly
Huck Hound Weekly
Huck Hound Weekly
Huck Hound Weekly
Huck Hound Weekly
Huck Hound Weekly
Huck Hound Weekly
Huck Hound Weekly
Huck Hound Weekly
Huck Hound Weekly

The interesting thing about this piece isn’t so much the quality of the artwork… it’s pretty generic… it’s the quantity of it. I eliminated a few pages of puzzles, games and stories, but the majority of the sheets are devoted to large, full-page comic stories. You would never see such a generous collection of comics in a publication that sells for as little as this today. But there is wisdom behind the generosity… The best way to get kids to watch the Huckleberry Hound Show (and buy Kelloggs cereal) is to engage them with the characters and situations. What better way to do that than a loss-leader newsstand comic?

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Animated CartoonsAnimated Cartoons

This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.
Comic BooksComic Books

This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Comic Books.