Monday, May 4, 2009

Juniper Junction by Doug Wright

Juniper Junction was a long running Canadian institution. It begun running in the twenties in the Toronto Star as a one-panel gag titled Life's Little Comedies. The artist, Jimmy Frise, moved the strip from the Star Weekly to the Montreal Standard in 1947 where it ran in full color (as Juniper Junction) and was even syndicated in the U.S. market. Frise died of a heart attack June 13 1948 and Doug Wright inherited the strip. When the Montreal Standard canceled the color comic Doug Wright was offered a new berth at the Family Herald, a farm magazine which had been running the Standard's Juniper Junction in b&w atop Fred Harmon's Red Ryder Sundays.
I only have one sample of the Family Herald strip by Doug Wright, but below are a couple of brilliant strips by Frise featuring Archie Weaver's pet moose Foghorn from his strip Birdseye Center

A word to the wise: The first print edition of Sequential, featuring articles on Jimmy Frise by Bryan Munn, and Doug Wright by Brad Mackay will be available in a free pdf version around May 9 or 10. Details will be found HERE

 The Collected Doug Wright Canada's Master Cartoonist Volume I is available HERE.

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