Saturday, March 29, 2008

W. M. Goodes

W. M. Goodes was one of those mysterious and prolific cartoonists that it is impossible to find any biographical material about. His cartoons appeared in Puck, Toronto Saturday Night, Toronto Star, Massachusetts Ploughman, Harper's Round Table, Winnipeg Free Press, and the New York Herald. He shared illustrative work on Bill Nye’s posthumous work, A Comic History of England, with cartoonist A. M. Richards, from J. B. Lippincott Co. in 1896. Following that Goodes illustrated a book called Comic History of Greece By Charles M. Snyder, 1897, also fom J. B. Lippincott Company.

His caption strip cartoons here are from Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, hidden away in the back pages with the advertising. The neat thing is that the strips featured a continuing cast of characters, John (papa), Sue (ma), three boys and a commentating cat. The comics had no title. They ran in Lippincott's from 1909 to about 1912. Top is a panel from April 1909 and below is a full strip from November 1909.

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