Got back from the Library of Congress Wednesday night, then spent all day Thursday typing in the newfound information into my Stripper’s Guide database. Following is a quick summary of our new information. Please note that a lot of the information we were seeking was based on tips we got right here on the blog, and I thank all of you who have been providing suggestions for places to search — we had great luck with your suggestions!
* Quality Time end date
* Chloe – couldn’t find in a quick survey of SF Chronicle
* Local strip Rollicking Realms of Boreas found.
* Lots of local strips in the Newark Evening News of the 20s documented, including one predecessor of Al Jaffee’s Mad magazine Fold-In feature.
* Pushed back start date on In Animal Land
* Start date in Cincy Enquirer for The Girls
* Start date for The Nutheads
* Start date for The New Breed
* Could not find Bachelor Party in the Salt Lake Tribune — if it was there it came and went quickly
* Start and end dates for The Big Parade
* Start date for The Ditto Brothers
* Start date for Eddie The Fox
* Start date for Zack Hill
* Couldn’t find anything out about You Know How It Is, self-syndicated feature.
* Extended end date on GP Jones MD
* Correct start date for Zippy The Pinhead, four months later than Griffy claims on his website.
* Start date for Mr. Straphanger — LoC missing too much Detroit News microfilm to determine end date.
* Determined that W.C. Fields strip did not run in its home paper, the LA Times.
* Determined that Out Of Orbit and Out Of This World were both ROP features in Dallas Morning News so gave up trying to track them on this visit.
* Got start and end dates on the delightful Gilly The Gopher strip in the Atlanta Constitution
* Pushed back start date on Funny Signs but ran out of time looking for start date.
* Start date for Officer Crust
* Start date for When I Was Short
* End date on We Have With Us Today
* Corrected dates on Mazie The Motor Maid that previously came from a secondary paper running it.
* New strip Fat Chance by Westover
* Got an end date on Zotwots
* New strips in 1914-15 NY Herald Sunday magazines
* End date on Dolly Dip
* Could not locate start or end dates on Lug Nuts
* Start and end dates on Ground Zero in LA Times
* End date for Angelina’s Line A Day; ran out of time before finding start date.
* Pushed back the daily end date of Tailspin Tommy by a week.
* Nailed down the topper dates for Exploits of Eve
* Running dates for Colorado Sketchbook
* Corrected start date for Brick Bodkin’s Pa
* Corrected end date of After Dark
* Fixed listing for What The Keen Eyes Of Artist Gruelle Saw
* Verified the beginning and syndication dates for Penmen (what a fabulous strip, by the way)
* Got a start date for Buffalo Burt, ran out of time to find the end date.
* Start and end dates for Story Of An Ambitious Man
* Found the ROP Countdown running a year later than previously known.
* SF Chronicle either did not run Bizarro from the beginning as cited in a press release as January 1985 or the press release is bogus.
* Now Society which ended its daily run in 1979 was found running in a 1985 SF Chronicle Sunday — just a sporadic occurrence? No time to check.
* On Sale Today found still running in 1989 but since paper used it only once a week didn’t pursue an end date.
* End date for Cleveland found.
* Sonny Pew started in 1981, not 1982; no time to check further in Cleveland Press.
* Determined that Danny Dumm was actually a strip adjunct to a daily sports editorial cartoon in the Cincinnati Enquirer.
* Could find no sign of Chicago Latino in the Chicago Today paper in 1972. Came home to find that my samples have disappeared from my files. Now THAT’S a mystery strip!
* Found running dates for Jack And Tyler in Deseret News — it was there purely as a tryout strip but didn’t finish its trial period because King cancelled it
* Start date for Swan Factory — another Deseret News tryout.
* Found running dates for Ffarm.com — hoped that other Paradigm strips would be there in the Hartford Courant but they only ran this one (because Englehart was on staff there)
* Bumped end date of Top Of The World out by about 3 months.
* End date of Blast Blair bumped out 5 months.
* Got running dates for X-Rays.
* End date for Letter From Kids
* Cleaned up some Barney Google Sunday topper dates in 1934
* Found the end date for What A Family
* Checked August 1974-February 1975 Corpus Christi Caller for Friends and Romans that was supposedly running as a local strip then — didn’t find it.
* got start date for Intellectual Pup, searched as late as 1942, still running.
* New panel Shadow Kids found
* New end date for Glady And The Young Moderns
* Found start date for Single Slices
* Found end date for Adventures of Mary Ann
* Gave up on finding end date for Us Girls when it became extremely sporadic
* pushed out end date of True Comics by one week
* New weekly panel They Never Grow Old local in Boston Post, no time to track down start and end dates.
* End date on Boston Post’s Nip And Tuck; no time to get start date.
* Fixed some dates for the NY American’s strips in 1916-1917, but the microfilm is in such disarray and so much is missing that I didn’t get very far.
* Went through the film of the New York Evening Journal for 1919 and 1921-1924 in order to clean up a lot of listings with missing info, found some new stuff too.
* Found 3 months of the full four page World Color Printing section in March-May 1904; although Jeffrey Lindenblatt had already found 5 months from January-May in the NY Daily News his findings there were so odd (cartoonists that never worked for WCP as far as I knew) that I figured he had to have found a combination of multiple syndicates. The three months I found in the Boston Journal, however, reconfirm his data perfectly, so we now have the full four page section all through the first half of 1904!