Showing posts with label George McManus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label George McManus. Show all posts

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Vernon V. Greene (1908-1965)

Vernon Greene was born 12 Sept 1908 and grew up on a 650 acre ranch in Battleground, Washington, with 40 riding horses at his disposal. He worked on the ranch and as a logger and blacksmith. He began drawing editorial cartoons at 17, in 1930, for the Oregon Journal which lasted until 1943 when he took over Cliff Sterrett’s Polly and Her Pals with the aid of a ghost writer. His stint on Polly lasted 5 years and earned him a good living. He then spent three years drawing Walter Gibson’s Shadow comic strip (and the comic book).

During the war Greene drew Mac the Medic and contributed pages of Charlie Conscript cartoons to PIC magazine. He also drew comics on the weekends for bubble gum manufacturers. Two gum comics would pay him a cool $500. In 1954 he took over George McManus’s Bringing Up Father for King Features. Greene died on 5 June 1965 at age 56.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

George McManus Self-portrait

I managed to clean up this self-portrait from an article titled Bringing up Geo. McManus, from the Lethbridge Herald 14 Feb 1942.

George was a St. Louis boy who quit school age thirteen for a job as a newspaper office boy. His first comic strip was Alma and Oliver for the St. Louis Republic, drawn when he was seventeen, and followed by Snoozer, Merry Marcelene, and Let George Do It. He drew Nibsy the Newsboy, Panhandle Pete and The Newlyweds for the New York World. In 1912 he began a comic strip called Their Only Child in the New York Journal followed by the Bringing up Father daily on 3 Aug 1913, while Rosie‘s Beau was the title of his Sunday page.

McManus was antipathetic to speed and exercise. He took great pleasure in relaxing beside his radio with a cigar and a tall one, delivered by his man-Friday Ben, a Filipino. He averaged 30 cigars a day.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Maggie and Jiggs Rug

The carpet exhibited at the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, CT., hometown of Walt Kelly, in 1995. Courtesy of Brian Walker, who was one of the curators of the exhibition. You can read a 21 Mar 1925 newspaper account about the pedigree of the magnificent Persian rug HERE.

Brian's original LARGE photo I uploaded HERE. Click on it for the big picture.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Jiggs and Maggie on the Carpet

The following article comes from the Lethbridge Herald 21 Mar 1925. I wondered if the magic carpet had survived and was happy to discover that it had. In answer to my query Brian Walker told me that the carpet had been exhibited at the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, CT., (hometown of Walt Kelly,) in 1995. The carpet was so large that a special plexiglass case had to be built to display it.