My friend Bill Turner was watching TCM the other night when he spotted a program that he knew would be great for us…
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.)
(Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon)
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…
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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