My plea for additional examples of the Paramount-Bray Animated Cartoon Promotional Strip has been answered by blog reader and contributor Fram, who found these two additional strips in the Urbana Democrat (through the Google Newspaper Archive, which is now an orphan as Google has decided to get out of the newspaper archiving biz — here’s hoping Newspaperarchive.com picks up the material before it disappears). Thanks Fram!
These two additional examples rounds out the number of strips to 12, a nice tidy number. Unfortunately it throws off the previously nice neat character counts because we now have four Bobby Bumps and only three Colonel Heeza Liars. Harumph.
The Hurd strip is for the 1916 Bray short Bobby Bumps Helps a Book Agent. The Carl Anderson strip is a mystery to me — his series for Bray was The Police Dog, but this gag doesn’t involve that character. Maybe this is from a one-shot, or another series for which IMDB doesn’t have info, or represents a Police Dog short gag without the main character — seems strange they would do that. By the way, Anderson made frequent use of chicks in his newspaper strip work, so I’m not surprised to see that character show up in his animation work.
Since we’re revisiting this strip, I’d like to repeat an intriguing question posed by Mark Johnson after the original post, to wit, would we not regard these as the first newspaper comic strips based on animated characters (as opposed to newspaper characters making the opposite transition)? Anyone care to weigh in on that? Not being knowledgeable about early animated cartoons I can venture no opinion.