The Long Slow Demise of Buster Brown, Part 13: April to June 1918

We start April 1918 with some definite Ross involvement, looks to me like Ross handled most everything except for Buster and Tige in this one.

April 7 1918

April 14 at first blush looks to be a very fine example of Outcault, including some great dialog, but I see Ross’ hand on Mary Jane in story panel 7, and the dentist also comes across as a Ross-y kinda guy. Great strip, tho.

April 14 1918

Another good strip on the 21st is marred by indifferent art. Looks mostly like Outcault to me, but it is so slapdash I can’t really tell. Did photographers really need to put their subjects on those head positioners as late as 1918? I’m thinking that went out with the horse and buggy.

April 21 1918

I’m guessing April 28 is all Outcault, but again the art is pretty unadorned.

April 28 1918

All the May strips look to me like all or mostly Outcault episodes. A real mix though, with some really fine Outcault work on many pages mixed in with barely journeyman stuff.

May 5 1918

May 12 1918

May 19 1918

May 26 1918

On June 2 it looks to me like Outcault did the first tier or so and then gradually relinquished the work to Ross. The gag of having Tige in a celluloid collar and tie goes precisely nowhere.

June 2 1918

On June 9 I’m guessing the lion’s share of the page is by Ross, and he seems pretty rushed. Tige and Buster both go off-model several times.

June 9 1918

 The style is all Ross on June 16, but the execution is pretty darn awful. Did neither cartoonist give a darn about these strips anymore?

June 16 1918

Almost as bad is the 23rd, another seemingly all-Ross page.

June 23 1918

 And finally on the 30th it looks like Outcault stepped in to do the Tige figures maybe, but once again mostly Ross in deadline mode.

June 30 1918

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