June 25th, 2019

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Animation: Jules Engel’s Color Keys For The Alvin Show

Jules Engel The Alvin Show

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In his wonderful blog, Cartoon Modern, Amid Amidi recently posted some thumbnail background keys by color stylist, Jules Engel and invited his readers to comment. I happened to have a nice little stack of Jules Engel keys from The Alvin Show sitting here on my desk, so I decided to scan them and post them to follow Amid’s lead.

Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show

Cartoon ModernCartoon ModernMake sure to pick up a copy of Amid’s great new book, Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in 1950s Animation.

Stephen Worth
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Animated CartoonsAnimated Cartoons

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

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June 24th, 2019

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Comic Strips: Rube Goldberg’s Side Show

Rube Goldberg

Rube GoldbergRube GoldbergRube Goldberg was known as the "Dean of American Cartoonists". His longtime friend Grantland Rice wrote…

I recall those great Goldberg cartoons of forty-odd years ago. While introducing an element of broad burlesque, they were packed with real humor and were all based on a sound philiosophy of life. His cartoons ran under such headings as "This All Comes Under The Head Of Pleasure", "They All Look Good When You’re Far Away", "Now That You’ve Got It, What Are You Going To Do With It". "Father Was Right", "Foolish Questions" and many others. Each was based on the kind of universal experience that almost every one of us stumbles into at one time or another. Rube had a knack of looking underneath the surface and discovering things that only seemed obvious after he had pointed them out with his fun-stirring pen.

Here’s the entry on Goldberg from Martin Sheridan’s book, Comics And Their Creators…

Rube Goldberg
Rube Goldberg
Rube Goldberg

Rube Goldberg Invention

Goldberg was best known for his crazy inventions, which are featured at the bottom of each one of these "Side Show" Sunday pages. I have made the thumbnails smaller this time to fit more pages in. Click on them and spend some quality time reading these great comic pages from the late 1930s.

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Rube GoldbergRube Goldberg
Rube GoldbergRube Goldberg
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Rube GoldbergRube Goldberg

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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

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June 21st, 2019

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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

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