Back From Ojai-On to the CTN Expo!

November 18th, 2015

mark-on-trail-ride-ojai.jpg We’re back from Ojai California! Cathy and I had a great time painting and looking that beautiful valley over. I took a 90 minute morning ride on Molly (that’s her above). She was a very gentle horse, only galloped two or three times. We rode through a beautiful oak forest in the Tico Tico mountains. Visit Ojai soon, ride a horse, you’ll be glad you did! The Ojai Film Festival didn’t do as well for me, only 10 people showed up for my “workshop”. The film clips from my career didn’t project really well half the time, due to poor computer mastering. It’s always better to project directly from DVDs, folks. It also helps to have the color adjusted well on your DVD projector.

Look for Itza and me at Jerry Beck’s table at the CTN expo in Burbank, 11-20 and 11-21-2015. I’ll have cels for sale from Itza’s cartoons and I want to meet all my hundreds of blog readers, so get on down!

felix-11-12-to-11-18-34.jpg Felix is from 11-12 to 11-18-1934 this time. Messmer does a funny 6-day continuity with Felix displacing a rabbit from a magician’s act and learning how to disappear. I love the 11-17 as the rabbit re-enters the story line and clobbers Felix for taking his job.

myrtle-8-16-to-8-22-48.jpg Myrtle is from 8-16 to 8-22-1948. The first three days are an inspired little fantasy in which Bingo actually talks to Myrtle in English. Freddie has to bribe Bingo so that he WON’T talk and spoil his card game plans.

krazy-11-23-to-11-28-42.jpg Krazy originally ran from 11-23 to 11-28-1942. World War Two has really taken over the continuity this week, as planes, tanks and bombs are gag foils. Ignatz starts bombing Coconino from his little airplane with bricks. In the 11-24, Offissa Pupp gives Krazy a helmet to protect him from the “mice” missiles. The Kat’s dialog is partially blocked in the last panel; it should read: “Rain on the roof, how nice.” I hope you have enjoyed all the comics this time, remember to click the thumbnails to enlarge. See you at the CTN Expo!


October 27th, 2015

felix-11-5-to-11-11-34.jpg In Felix, 11-5 to 11-11-1934, the homeless cat tangles with a snake charmer and a real snake, and figures out how to get a free meal from the mind reader, Madame Seezall. Felix has found a new home in the Sunday page and makes friends with a new little boy, but accidentally lets a flock of Messmer owls into the joint in the last two panels.

myrtle-8-9-to-8-15-48.jpg Myrtle this week is from 8-9 to 8-15-1948. The 8-10 episode originally appeared on my birthday, 67 years ago. Lots of good Bingo gags this week, and Hyacinth the cat dominates the 8-14 as she puts the grip on Bingo’s tail through a hole in the fence. Watch for her in the “Our Ice Cream Social” Sunday page, as she again attacks Bingo’s tail, starting to tie a big knot in it.

krazy-11-16-to-11-21-1942.jpg Krazy is all about Kommandos in the strips from 11-16 to 11-21-1942. The word “kommando” in German means “Unit” or “Command”, but was sort of re-defined in English as an undercover soldier or spy. Offissa Pupp, Ignatz and possibly Krazy are in disguise for most of the week. The War subtly enters Coconino again, but Garge doesn’t take it too seriously.



yogi-11-28-65.jpg Here’s the penultimate appearance of Yogi Bear in this blog! In the November, 1965 Sunday pages, Yogi plays baseball with Huck, Quick Draw, Boo Boo and Baba Louie in the November 7th episode. That’s a great pose in the 5th panel as Yogi swats the ball, but a rather strange result as he supposedly smashes the bottom of a glass bottom boat with the fast moving spheroid. That would have to be some crazy hit to loop around and smash the glass bottom from the top! Ranger Smith appears in the 11-7 and 11-14 strips and his wife appears in the 11-28, featuring another tiny bit awkward gag as Yogi puts in strings of lights for the Ranger Ladies Annual Outdoor Dance. Mrs. Smith and the other girls look like typical Hanna-Barbera women, probably Iwao Takamoto’s designs. The 11-28 really looks like Willie Ito’s drawings, as Yogi dreams about Cindy Bear in the first panel. The Bunny, Owl and drowning man also look like characters that Willie could have designed. Sometime next month I’ll post the last Yogi Sundays that I cut out of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in December of 1965. Yowp has tapped into a New York newspaper site that has beautiful copies of the half-page Yogi Bear Sundays in black and white, so from now on visit his blog for more adventures of that braggin’ bruin. His address is

      Itza Cat and I will be at the Ojai Film Festival in Ojai, Ca. on November 7th, 2015. We will be presiding over an Animation Workshop at the Art Center Gallery. For more info go to The great Jim Keeshan (he’s related to Bob Keeshan of Captain Kangaroo and Clarabelle Clown fame) will be interviewing me about my career. We’ll be showing a lot of animated cartoon clips from stuff I’ve worked on since the early 1970s through 2011. So if you are around there on Nov. 7th, please drop by, it’s only 15 little dollars.

   A dear friend of Itza Cat’s, and a cherished Ailurophile, a wonderful lady named Ronnie Scheib has left us. She and her S.O. Greg Ford, struggled against her cancer and fought it off for awhile, but eventually poor Ronnie succumbed to it. Ronnie was a good friend for many years and dearly beloved by Greg, who was constantly at her side for the last several years both in the hospital and at home. Ronnie had one of those soft New York accents that was very pleasant to listen to, a bit like Harpo Marx’s speaking voice by some accounts. She was a very good film reviewer, she and Greg collaborated on many columns for Daily Variety for a number of years, you may still find some of her by-lined reviews on-line. Ronnie travelled to many film festivals to see cinema for her columns, often working from hotel rooms and “faxing” them in to Variety. Her knowledge of cartoons was vast, she loved them almost as much as Greg and I did. She appears on camera in the documentary FORGING THE FRAME, which Greg Ford produced and is on Popeye the Sailor DVD Volume One 1933-1938 on Disc #2. I’m so glad she participated in this one, as her on-camera appearances were rare. She sits on a beautiful overstuffed chair and comments on Winsor McKay, Felix the Cat, Koko the Clown and many other early New York animated personalities. She holds her own quite well alongside such animation wiseguys as Michael Barrier, the late Michael Sporn, Mark Langer, John Canemaker and many others. Itza and I will miss you, Ronnie, wherever you are. Thanks for your support and encouragement over the years. We love you!

Your Comics Page 9-29-2015

September 29th, 2015

felix-10-29-to-11-4-34.jpg Here’s Felix, 10-29 to 11-4-1934. Felix visits the county fair this week. Lots of sideshow type fun at the carnival, such as the grouchy fat man who trips over Felix in the fat man’s race, then rolls over the finish line. He’s grateful to Felix and calls him a lucky cat in the 11-1. Watch that snake charmer in the 11-3, he comes back into the dailies next week. In the Sunday from 11-4, Felix is happy to be back on dry land and takes shelter in a pet store. There, he is observed by a rich dowager and her little boy, Milton. The dowager buys Felix for Milton but his father “don’t approve of him–bah”, as he exclaims in the last panel. I love how merry Felix looks even though he isn’t in a loving household like Danny Dooit’s.

myrtle-8-2-to-8-8-48.jpg Myrtle is from 8-2 to 8-8-1948 this time out. In an idea that Ward Greene originated in his “Happy Dan, the Whistling Dog” short story from 1937, Myrtle decides to teach Bingo to whistle. (Ward Greene’s story inspired the Disney feature cartoon, “Lady and the Tramp”, and in comic strips, Greene created Scamp, the strip about Tramp’s little son.) Almost immediately, Bingo begins annoying the community with his new skill. Slug thinks that Bingo is his girl in the 8-6. Apparently, Slug and his girl have a secret whistle signal to each other and Slug winds up kissing Bingo after hearing his whistle. Even Junior, Bingo’s canine sidekick develops a super powerful whistle in the 8-5 that nearly busts Myrtle, Sampson and Bingo’s ear drums. The Sunday shows Mac and Freddie camping out with a 1948 television receiver and a portable refrigerator while everybody else prefers a primitive campsite.

krazy-11-9-to-11-14-42.jpg Krazy is from 11-9 to 11-14-1942 for this round. Garge continues the Cow Jumped Over the Moon jokes from last week. In the 11-12,  the cow and a hen seem to be imitating Frank Nelson from the Jack Benny program as they both use his catch phrase, “DO I!” The shifting Coconino backgrounds are outstanding in the 11-13, especially the mountains evolving out of clouds in panel two, and the mesa emerging from darkness in panel four. In the 11-14, Krazy reacts in a Yiddish accent to a grandfather clock that chimes 13, as he cries out: “I Dun’t Billiv It”!




yogi-10-31-65.jpg The Ranger and the Indian tribe appear twice in the Yogi Bear Sunday pages from October, 1965. The cartooning is good in these strips, might be by Iwao Takamoto or Jerry Eisenberg, or a combination of both. Yogi’s solution for getting his head caught in a bee hive is very similar to Groucho getting his head caught in a big jar in “Duck Soup”, they draw faces on the surface of the hive and big jar to disguise themselves. In the 10-21, the Ranger tries to tie down an apple tree so that Yogi won’t bump into it and smash the greenhouse glass panes with the apples. In “Moon Mullins” fashion, Yogi trips on the rope and smashes the next two greenhouses in line with the apple missiles. We’ll have more comic delights here next time.

Your Comics Page 9-15-2015

September 14th, 2015

felix-10-22-to-10-28-34.jpg Felix from 10-22 to 10-28-1934 features a horse that Felix is grooming for racing at the County Fair named Dobbin. Dobbin can’t race because the judges grabbed his horse shoes for a pitching contest. The 10-26 features a black guy who is confused with an eggplant and in the Sunday page, Felix gets booted back to land after consuming the entire day’s catch of fish. Dig that cat design in the “Laura” topper, he resembles Krazy just a bit.

myrtle-7-26-to-8-1-48.jpg In Myrtle, from 7-26 to 8-1-1948, Sampson sews up Freddie’s shower curtain and turns on the cold water after Freddie refuses to talk to him, Susie spanks Myrtle for sitting in the corner instead of standing in the corner in the 7-31, and in Dudley Fisher fashion, this action occurs BETWEEN panels three and four. In the Sunday, the whole town goes on a picnic by the lake and Myrtle goes skinny dipping, refusing to come out even when it rains.

krazy-11-2-to-11-7-42.jpg Krazy, from 11-2 to 11-7-1942, has Garge in a literary mode, doing a whole week’s worth of strips based on the old nursery rhyme; “Hey, Diddle Diddle”. The cows and the bull in the first 4 strips sport rather outlandish feet, more like human hands than hoofs. Krazy tries to jump over the moon in the 11-6 and Offissa Pupp is definitely not the little dog who laughed as he truculently jails the dish for “kidnaping” the spoon! CU soon!

Your Comics Page Marches On! August 30 2015

August 28th, 2015

myrtle-7-19-to-7-25-48.jpg In our comics this time, we start with Myrtle by Dudley Fisher from 7-19 to 7-25-1948.  The first three dailies center around a weird character called Mr. Dinglebott who causes a handyman to hold on to the wrong end of a soldering iron in the 7-21. There is a good example of Dudley Fisher’s gag timing in the 7-24 daily. There’s a comic strip “stage wait” in the last panel as Myrtle busts open the front door on her way to rip her rival for Sampson’s affections, “Gussie”, to pieces! The Sunday features a visit to the zoo, with plenty of downshot antics in the Monkey enclosure.

felix-10-15-to-10-21-34.jpg Felix comes to us from 10-15 to 10-21-1934. Felix is back on the farm in the dailies, but runs into raging pork as he tries to balance out the lives of two farm pigs, one fat, one only plump. In the Sunday, Felix is beyond the 12 mile limit as he tries to trick his way into port, even impersonating two sharks with his ears placed just below the water’s surface.

krazy-10-26-to-10-31-42.jpg In Krazy, from 10-26 to 10-31-1942, Ignatz and Offissa Pupp continue to be at eternal cross-purposes to defray the brick from reaching Krazy’s noggin. I like the 10-29 as Pupp flies his own plane and nabs the brick in mid-air; just look at that beautiful cross-hatching surrounding the aircraft. I also like the 10-30, as a flea who looks like he escaped from Garge’s illustrations for Don Marquis’ “Archy and Mehitabel”, charges Ignatz and winds up hitting bottom in a deep canyon. Krazy’s special language is evident in the 10-29 as he completes the thought, All Wool–”and not a Yodd Wide.”



yogi-9-26-65.jpg Yogi continues his Jellystone adventures in all four Sundays from September, 1965. I like the gag in the 9-26 strip as Yogi fakes a feathered head-dress to gain entry into the Indian Pow-wow. I think it’s a beaver strapped to Yogi’s hat, isn’t it? Yogi drives a runaway bulldozer and flies a park helicopter upside down. He also figures out a way to cheat at archery, driving Ranger Smith loco. I suppose the art on these is mostly by Iwao Takamoto, but they could also be by Willie Ito or Jerry Eisenberg, depending on who’s commenting. Remember to visit Yowp-Yowp’s H-B blog at , for more anaylsis of these comics, if you’re lucky!