Thursday, November 28, 2013

Li'l Abner’s short-lived '80s comic strip re-issues, part 2

On Monday I showed you the first set of Li'l Abner strips I clipped during a one-year revival of the strip, distributed after creator Al Capp’s death by the NEA Syndicate. Today’s collection is part 2.

Copyright © 1988, 1989 Capp Enterprises.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Li'l Abner’s short-lived '80s comic strip re-issues, part 1

In 1988 Al Capp’s comic creations, the Li’l Abner comic strip, featuring the cast of characters in Abner’s hometown of Dogpatch, and the incredible creatures called the Shmoos, were re-released by the NEA Syndicate. It was an effort, like the later and more successful re-releasing of the Peanuts comic strips by Charles Schulz, to keep the strip before the public, and generating revenue. Unlike Peanuts, the new run of Li'l Abner only lasted one year. The original strip folded in 1977 when Capp’s emphysema made him too ill to continue. He died in 1979 at age 70.
I cut the strips out of my hometown newspaper, and have scanned the strips dated October 3, 1988 to January 3, 1989. I'm showing the first half today, and the second half on Thursday. Whether I get around to scanning the balance of strips I clipped I haven’t yet decided.

Copyright © 1988, 1989 Capp Enterprises.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

"Mutiny on the Bouncy" and other MAD movie satires

Satires of early '60s movies, reprinted in the unnumbered MAD SPECIAL, Fall 1970. These stories do not appear in the more recent hardcover book, MAD ABOUT THE MOVIES.

 Copyright © 1962, 1963, 1970 E.C. Publications, Inc.

Monday, November 18, 2013

PARKER paperbacks by Richard Stark

Using the pseudonym Richard Stark, Donald E. Westlake wrote the hardboiled paperback originals about the thief, Parker. They are popular books, and many of the titles have gone through several printings from different publishers. I'm showing covers of some from my bookshelves, and some covers I have found online.

Because some of the titles have undergone changes over the years, due to tie-ins with movies, this bibliography of the Parker novels is useful.

Covers I found online:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Cartoon Show, 1977 traveling exhibition of comic art

Booklet, 8 1/2" x 11", 32 pages, which accompanied THE CARTOON SHOW, a traveling exhibition of art by prominent American cartoonists, from the Jerome K. Muller collection. 1977.

Copyright © 1977 by the individual copyright holders.