Comics: People On Paper (MGM/1945)

My friend Bill Turner was watching TCM the other night when he spotted a program that he knew would be great for us…

Cartoonists People On Paper

This is a 1945 MGM short subject that shows the top newspaper cartoonists of the day at work in their studios and homes. Bill instantly recognized several cartoonists that we’ve featured here on this blog in the past few weeks. (Click on the picture to see our article.)

Cartoonists People On Paper
Milton Caniff
(Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon)

Cartoonists People On Paper
Hal Foster
(Prince Valiant)

Cartoonists People On Paper
Chic Young
(Blondie)

Cartoonists People On Paper
Al Capp
(Li’l Abner)


But that’s not all… The film also includes footage of Bud Fischer (Mutt & Jeff), Frank King (Gasoline Alley), Chester Gould (Dick Tracy), Dick Calkins (Flash Gordon), and Harold Gray (Little Orphan Annie). There’s even a little bit of animation of Li’l Abner at the end! Check it out…

Cartoonists People On Paper

"Passing Parade: People On Paper" (MGM/1945)
(Quicktime 7 / 24 megs)

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Thanks to Bill Turner for taping this for us!

For more on newspaper cartoonists, see… Gene Byrnes’ Complete Guide To Cartooning Part One: The Men Behind The Newspaper Comics, Part Two: How To Get Ideas / Studies of Comic Strips, Part Three: Single Panel and Sports Cartoonists and Part Four: Editorial Cartoons and Comic Books

Also see… Cliff Sterrett’s Polly & Her Pals Part One, Part Two and Part Three. Also see… Milt Gross Sunday Pages Part One, Part Two and Part Three; and Rube Goldberg’s Side Show.

Stephen Worth
Director
ASIFA-Hollywood
Animation Archive

3.13.09
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