Thursday, June 11, 2009
The Gay Thirties
THE GAY THIRTIES was created by Milton Caniff from GILFEATHER, a single-panel which he had taken over from Al Capp who quit in 1932. Caniff sent Gilfeather on vacation and created a new cast of characters under a new title. These samples are all from 1938 and 1939 by an artist whose name I can’t quite make out. Caniff gave up the strip when he took over Terry and the Pirates in October 1934. Whoever this is he has that lovely Noel Sickles style. There are some good reproductions of Caniff's Gay Thirties panels in Robert C. Harvey's Meanwhile...
*Update. The mystery cartoonist is revealed in the comments section.