Mystery Strips of E&P – “F” Listings

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter F. If you don’t recall what I’m doing here, read this post. Any and all information is greatly appreciated and positive proof is rewarded as well.

Fair Game – Stephanie Piro – Chronicle Features – daily panel – 1996-98
Faith, Hope And Sue – Lisa Wild – Davey Associates – daily panel – 1994
Familiar Folks – Bill Nickel – Editorial Services – weekly panel – 1947
Family aka Doug Wright’s Family aka Nipper – Doug Wright – Toronto Star Syndicate – weekly strip – 1980 (known in Canada, but did it appear in any US newspapers?)
Family K624 – Tim Jackson – Creative License Studio – weekly – 1999-2002
Family Popcorn – Shel Dorf, Tom Reese – self-syndicated – daily strip – 1997
The Family – Wildt – American International Syndicate – daily strip – 1991-94
Familyades – Lois Gilbert – Associated Midwest Newspaper Syndicate – daily panel – 1937-38
Famous Fighters – John Wentworth – National Newspaper Service – daily strip – 1932
Famous Monuments – Hendrick van Loon – Christy Walsh Syndicate – weekly strip – 1927 (found by Bill Mullins in Pittsburgh Press, but turns out to be drawings of famous landmarks with extensive printed discussion – not eligible for SG listing)
Famous Pastimes – Paul Sell – Leeds Features – daily panel – 1933
Fantom Of The Fair – Paul Gustavson – Watkins Syndicate – weekly strip – 1939
Farm Life – Harlan Wade – Trans World News – daily strip – 1978
Fast Lane – Harley Schwadron – Davey Associates, Copley News Service – weekly, daily panel – 1993-present
Father Victor – John T. O’Brien – National Catholic Welfare Conference – weekly strip – 1958-60 (so far found only in Catholic newspapers, still looking for it in a mainstream newspaper)
Faulty Fables – Rick Stromoski – Whitegate Features – daily – 1990-91 (Charles Brubaker contacted the creator who said “it was negotiated to be syndicated but as far as I know nothing came of it”)
Faxtoons – Dan Rosandich – Great Lakes Features – weekly – 1991-92
Feedback – Doc and Rebecca Blakely – self-syndicated – weekly strip – 1987 – Bob Englehart, Pat McGrath – Paradigm-TSA – daily and Sunday strip – 1999 (Found! in Hartford Courant)
The Field Family – Al Brooks – Humor Books Syndicate – weekly strip – 1993-96
The 52 Club – Rooney W. Davis – Quality Art Service – weekly panel – 1967-69
The Fighting Chaplain – Carl Pfeufer – Eric Jon Associates – weekly strip – 1955-61 (Alberto Becattini says it ran in the Catholic Weekly – not a newspaper by our definition)
Figleaves – Greg Curfman – Sandcastles Syndicate – weekly strip – 1976-79
The Final Frontier – Dawn Munson – American International Syndicate – daily panel – 1993-95
Fireman Sam – Joe Buresch – Miller Features – daily strip – 1939
The First Lady – Madeline Brogan – Tribune Media Services – daily and Sunday strip – 1993 (found running as a demo in Lakeland Ledger, but still looking for it running as a regular feature)
First World War – Laurence Stallings – Register & Tribune Syndicate – daily and Sunday strip – 1934 (found by Bill Mullins in El Paso Herald; turns out to be a photo page, so definitely not eligible for SG listing)
Fish Story – Randy Bisson – American International Syndicate – daily panel – 1988-98
A Flash Of Luck – S. M. Nemer – Thompson Service – daily panel – 1934
Fletcher Of The 4-H’ers – Joe Buresch – self-syndicated – weekly panel – 1958-86 (Alberto Becattini quotes Buresch as saying that it ran in farm publications)
Flight – J.H. Mason, W.D. Tipton – McNaught – daily panel – 1935 (found! by Fram in Salt Lake Tribune)
Flip Art – Al Goring – self-syndicated – weekly panel – 1975-77
Fluffhead – Jacques Boivin – Miller Services – daily panel – 1979
Flying Legion – William Winston – National Newspaper Service – daily strip – 1939-42 (Alberto Becattini says it was a topper to Skyroads – I have never seen a Skyroads Sunday)
Focus On Fact – Neville Randall – Interpress – daily strip – 1973
Fodor’s Follies – Laszlo Fodor – Bell Syndicate – daily panel – 1938-39
Folly’s Thinkshop – Richard Jarrett – self-syndicated – weekly strip – 1979-82
A Fool There Was – Pete Keenan – International Syndicate – weekly panel – 1927-28 (found by Bill Mullins in Hamilton Evening Journal)
Footsies – Bill Shelly – Wade Allen Syndicate – daily panel – 1968 (found by Bill Mullins in Las Vegas Optic, which only ran a few (presumably) free samples from the syndicate; would be better to find a paper running it consistently)
For Better Or Worse – Justin Manning – Four Corners Syndicate – weekly panel – 1968-70
For Heaven’s Sake – Ruth Davis, Bob Maley – Heavenly Comics Syndicate – daily panel – 1969-72
For Pete’s Sake – Robert Righetti – Danny Ball Productions – weekly panel – 1978-79
For Warped Minds Only – Ralph Hamellmann – Global Features – daily and Sunday strip – 1991-93
For Women Only – Isabelle Ziegler – Carlile Crutcher Syndicate – daily strip – 1939 (found by Bill Mullins in St. Louis Star-Times; turns out to be a text column, not strip)
Fortune Kookies – Charles Glass – Chicago Tribune-NY News Syndicate – daily panel – 1973-77 (found by Bill Mullins in Fremont Argus and several other papers)
Foto Finish – Charles McKenzie – United Cartoonists Syndicate – daily – 1988
The Fourth Floor – Todd Schowalter – Plain Label Press – daily strip – 2001-03
The Fox And The Crow – Jim Davis – McClure Syndicate – daily strip – 1950
Fractured Facts – John Locke – Syndicated News Service – weekly panel – 1994-present
Francie Frills – Vic Herman – McClure Syndicate – daily panel – 1948
Freak Patents – Harvey Peake – Carlile Crutcher Syndicate – daily panel – 1936 (found by Bill Mullins in Louisville Courier-Journal, but it is an illustrated column, not eligible for SG listing)
Fred – Leonard Bruce, Charles Durck – Leoleen-Durck Creations – daily – 1983-92
Freddie Fix It – Mike Gray, Bob Hyde – Nationwide Features Syndicate – daily panel – 1949-50 [Charles Thompson supplies proof that Nationwide was a producer of advertising strips; not eligible for SG listing]
Free Zone – Winthrop Prince – Chronicle Features – weekly – 1985-90 (existence verified by author – thanks Winthrop!)
Froyd – Philippe Grabowski, Bob Keleman – Syndicated News Service – daily and Sunday strip – 1991-present
Frustration – Ray Hanson – Register & Tribune Syndicate – daily panel – 1974
Fun Bug – Howard Rands – Al Smith Service – weekly panel – 1978 (Todd Hillmer found this feature, turned out to be an activity panel, not eligible for the SG index)
Funnigrams – W.F. Peters – Publishers Feature Service – weekly panel – 1946-49 (found by Bill Mullins, but its a generic panel cartoon feature paired up with local ads, not eligible for SG)
Funny Form – Charles Barsotti – Chicago Tribune-NY News Syndicate – daily and Sunday strip – 1974 (Charles Brubaker checked with the creator, who says it was never sold or syndicated)
Funny Money – Dan Shefelman – King Features – weekly – 1991 CONFIRMED by creator (see post below)
Funny Side Up – Trent – World Feature Service – weekly strip – 1931
Funtime – Edo Anderson – Smith-Mann Syndicate – weekly strip – 1951-54
Fusebox – Greg Panneitz – Continental Features – weekly strip – 2002-present
Future Eye – John Mayo, Jerry Siegel – McClure Syndicate – daily and Sunday strip – 1953
Fuzzy – Leonard Bruce – Leoleen-Durck Creations – daily – 1983-92

19 comments on “Mystery Strips of E&P – “F” Listings

  1. Allan,

    I emailed Mr. Englehart about “”

    He said that ir ran in The Hartford Courant and maybe in “2 other newspapers in the midwest somewhere” from 9/27/1999 to 3/25/2000.

  2. Figleaves – Greg Curfman – Sandcastles Syndicate – weekly strip – 1976-79

    I looked for this strip around. All I can find is a bio from the cartoonist saying that he self-syndicated the strip to a “small number of papers around 1978.” There are also eBay auctions for the originals of the strip, but nothing about the papers that ran it.

    When Curfman created “Figleaves,” he was still a college student in Williamsburg, Virginia, so there’s a possibility that a paper there published it.

    The Greg Curfman in question is the same one that did “Meg” for United Features, by the way.

  3. Hi Charles –
    I checked Meg! on to email Curfman and the only way to contact him is by forwarded snail mail. How quaint!

    By the way, regarding the Hartford Courant (prior post) I tried to borrow the microfilm for that period and the CT State Library told me they don’t lend microfilm of recent papers. Sigh…

    Best, Allan

  4. Allen . . . I was a little surprised to see "Frustration on your list. I'm the creator and still cartooning at the age on 74! Still looking for my big break!
    I have a brouchure the Trib syndicate put out on Frustration. I'll send in to you if you'd like.
    I'm a retired art director from Minneapolis StarTribune newspaper.
    Thanx for all you do.
    Ray Hanson –

  5. Hi Ray —
    Just going through some old comments. I emailed you back in 2010 to tell you of course I'd like some documentation that "Frustration" ran! But I never heard from you — are you lurking out there???


  6. I did remember THE FIRST LADY comic strip running in either the San Jose Mercury News or the Sacramento Bee (Both are California newspapers) in late 1993.

  7. "Father Victor" may be found in the (weekly) Guardian ("The official Catholic publication of the diocese of Little Rock"), starting here (November 22, 1958):

    The last strip in this paper seems to have been published on June 30, 1961 (though the strip is actually dated 6-26-61):

    The strip replaced the long running biblical strip "Credo", also by John T. O'Brien. I don't know if the Guardian qualifies for a general interest newspaper, however.

  8. Thanks for the links, Hans. That newspaper doesn't qualify as a general readership paper (little or no news except stories pertaining to Catholic church) so we're going to put that down as 'still searching'. Based on the samples you pointed me to, I'm going to take a wild guess that we won't find this feature in a general readership paper — but you never know. By the way, I also see "Our Parish" there, so I've added the same note to that Mystery Strip listing.

    Thanks, Allan

  9. i have a clue for this strip that might help:
    For Heaven's Sake – Ruth Davis, Bob Maley – Heavenly Comics Syndicate – daily panel – 1969-72

    Davis submitted something for copyright with that title in 1967:
    For heaven's sake (In Northside
    times, Tulsa, Okla., Nov 2 1967,
    p 5) Ruth Davis; 2Nov67; BB32753.

    Catalog of Copyright Entries Third Series
    Volume 22 Part I Number 1 Section 1
    Books and Pamphlets
    Including Serials and
    Contributions to Periodicals
    Current and Renewal Registrations
    January June

    Looking up the Northside Times, looks like one of those inter-city "regional" newspapers, basically covering a certain part of town.

    my best
    -Ray Bottorff Jr

  10. Found something on Fractured Facts…

    Per his web page, it started as a local small town newspaper comic strip in 1989, eventually Rochester Democrat and Chronicle ran it for 5 years. The article implies that, except for those two papers, it was not picked up anywhere. There is a link to his email on his webpage if you like to contact him for details.

    my best

  11. As a aside, for:
    The Fourth Floor – Todd Schowalter – Plain Label Press – daily strip – 2001-03
    It seems Todd Schowalter was a cartoonist at least, as he is seen in the college newspaper for University of Missouri, St. Louis in 1983:

    Here is his Syndicate's website:

    And his own web page:

    I suspect he can be contacted through these pages.

    my best
    -Ray Bottorff Jr

  12. Hi Ray — Thanks for all the leads. I emailed the creator of Fractured Facts, we'll see what comes of that. As for Todd Schowalter, we corresponded many years ago about his offerings and syndicate, and I never managed to pin him down on anything that would remove his work from the mystery list. — Allan

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