Archive for the ‘milt gross’ Category

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Comic Strips: Milt Gross’ Cartoon Tour of New York

Milt Gross

Milt GrossMilt GrossIt’s especially gratifying when an animation professional stumbles across this blog and immediately grasps what it is we’re doing and how important it is to the art of animation. A while back an old friend of mine, animation director Kent Butterworth (www.attilatheham.com) was doing a web search and stumbled across the Animation Resources website. I hadn’t seen Kent in several years, but he was so excited by what he saw, he jumped in the car and came right over to see what I was up to. I gave him the tour and explained how the database we are building is intended to work, and he was behind the concept 100 percent. A day later he was back, with a stack of books and comics to allow us to digitize.

Kent’s collection is amazing, and the scope is huge. He brought a hard drive full of scans of vintage comic books by dozens of great artists, 40s Colliers magazines with Virgil Partch cartoons, original Sunday pages by Cliff Sterrett, and a book I’ve never seen before… Milt Gross’ Cartoon Tour of New York.

Milt GrossMilt GrossMilt Gross is one of the greatest comic artists who ever lived. His books Nize Baby, He Done Her Wrong and Dunt Esk are classics of ethnic New York humor. His drawing style is direct and funny with absolutely flawless staging, composition and expression. Gross’s Cartoon Tour of New York was published as a program guide for tourists visiting the 1939 New York World’s Fair, and it’s an amazing time capsule into life in the “big apple” in its golden age. If Weegee’s Naked City depicts the front page view of this marvellous time and place, Gross’ Cartoon Tour tells the Funny Pages version.

A lot of this book appears to have been drawn by Milt Gross’ assistant, but there’s still plenty of joy in every panel. Here are scans of the entire book. Enjoy!

Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross

Milt Gross

Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross
Milt Gross

Many thanks to Kent Butterworth for sharing this great book with us!

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Newspaper ComicsNewspaper Comics
This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Newspaper Comics.

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Inbetweens: Jo-Jo Shares His Treasures

Milt Gross Count Screwloose Nize Baby

Every year at Comic-Con, my pal JoJo Baptista busts his bankroll on old moldy newsprint. He’s generously offered to share his treasures with all of us. Thanks, JoJo!

Milt Gross Count Screwloose Nize Baby

As I always say… if you’re one of those folks who don’t click on the images because you don’t think it’s worth the time it takes to read… YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE MISSING!

First off, here are some of the backsides of one of his best Comic-Con hoardes…

Mutt And Jeff
Moon Mullins
Reglar Fellers
Mr and Mrs
Tillie the Toiler
Tillie the Toiler

And here are the fronts- some prime Milt Gross

Milt Gross Count Screwloose Nize Baby
Milt Gross Count Screwloose Nize Baby
Milt Gross Count Screwloose Nize Baby
Milt Gross Count Screwloose Nize Baby

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Biography: Milt Gross

This posting is a stub. You can contribute to this entry by providing information through the comments link at the bottom of this post. Please organize your information following the main category headers below….

Birth/Death

Birth: March 4, 1895, Bronx, New York
Death: November 29, 1953 Los Angeles, California

Occupation/Title

Comic book writer, illustrator, and animator

Bio Summary

Born in 1895 in the Bronx he began an early career at the age of 20 working for New York Journal on a comic strip titled Phool Phan Phables. Gross would continue to work on comics for newspapers and journals until 1926 when is work on Nize Baby, and Hiawatta witt no odder would be published in book form. Many of his comic strip characters would appear in animations throughout this time. In 1930 he released his book He Done Her Wrong, which is considered what Milt Gross is most famous for, a collection of non-dialect woodcut parodies of novels. By the 1940’s Gross was working on films scripts in Hollywood and a radio show based on That’s My Pop!.Gross died in 1953 from a heart attack after semi-retiring in 1945 from a first heart attack.

Early Life/Family

Little is written regarding this early life or family life. Milt Gross served as a solider in World War I. Some mentions are made to Mrs. Gross who allowed reproductions of his images, but little else has been suggested

Education/Training

Career Outline

– Apprentice to T.A. Dorgan as a teenager
– 1915, Began work at New York Journal on Phool Phan Phables at the age of 20
– Gross Exaggerations for the New York World
– 1926, Nize Baby is published and later created in a color comic strip
– 1926, Hiawatta witt no odder poems is published.
– 1927, De Night in De Front From Chreesmas, Dunt Esk
– 1928, Witt Odder Ewents From Heestory
– 1930, He Done Her Wrong: The Great American Novel and Not a Word in It – No Music, Too is published
– 1933, Hired by William Randolph Hearst for various comic strips (Count Screwlooose of Tooloose, Dave’s Delicatessen, Babbling Brooks, Otto and Botto, That’s my Pop!)
– 1936, published Pasha the Persian and What’s This?
– 1939, worked on the animations Jitterbug Follies and Wanted: No Master
– 1945, published Dear Dollink
– 1946, I Shouda Ate the Éclair was the last book published before he died.
– 1946-47, Gross’ work appeared in the comic book Picture News.

Comments On Style

Influences

Personality

Noted as a ‘warm-hearted and generous cartoonist’ by Cartoon Profiles magazine.

Anecdotes

Milt Gross wrote his comics using Yiddish-inflected English. He originated the phrase “Banana Oil!” and “Iggy, keep an eye on me!” as a national catch phrase.

Hollywood filmed “Nize Baby”, as a feature film in 1928, or early 1929. Anna Rose Lossieff was the Baby featured, but for unknown reasons the movie was shelved before release

Miscellaneous

Filmography

Writer:

The Ups and Down of Mr. Phool Phan (1917)
Useless Hints by Fuller Prunes (1919)
We’ll Say They Do (1919)
Tumult in Toy Town (1919)
Frenchy Discovers America (1920)
Ginger Snaps (1920/I)
How My Vacation Spent Me (1920)
Ginger Snaps (1920/II)
Izzy Able the Detective (1921)
Othello Sap’s Wonderful Invention (1921)
… aka The Cow Milker (USA)
Scrap Hangers (1922)
Taxes (1922)
If We Reversed (1923)
Thin Ice (1937) (contributing writer) (uncredited)
… aka Komet, Der (Canada: English title)
… aka Lovely to Look at (UK)
Sis Hopkins (1941)
Rookies on Parade (1941) (screenplay)
… aka Jamboree (UK)
Puddin’ Head (1941) (screenplay)
… aka Judy Goes to Town (UK)
The Ghost and the Guest (1943) (story)
Ghost Catchers (1944) (story “High Spirits”)

Director:

The Ups and Down of Mr. Phool Phan (1917)
Useless Hints by Fuller Prunes (1919)
We’ll Say They Do (1919)
Tumult in Toy Town (1919)
Frenchy Discovers America (1920)
Ginger Snaps (1920/I)
How My Vacation Spent Me (1920)
Ginger Snaps (1920/II)
Izzy Able the Detective (1921)
Othello Sap’s Wonderful Invention (1921)
… aka The Cow Milker (USA)
Scrap Hangers (1922)
Taxes (1922)
If We Reversed (1923)
Wanted: No Master (1939)
Jitterbug Follies (1939)

Animatior:

Scrap Hangers (1922)
Taxes (1922)
If We Reversed (1923)

Honors

The Nationalist Cartoonist Society’s fund to aid indigent cartoonists and their families used to be known as the Milt Gross Fund.

Related Links

Bibliographic References

Lambiek.net – http://lambiek.net/artists/g/gross_m.htm
BPIB - http://www.bpib.com/gross.htm
Internet Movie Database - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0343456/
Wikipedia- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milt_Gross
Memories of Milt Gross, Izzy Klien (June 1974) – http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2008/07/milt-gross-20th-century-renaissance-man.html

Contributors To This Listing

Janell K.
Ale

To make additions or corrections to this listing, please click on COMMENTS below…