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Comic Stamp Quiz, Part 6

 Here is the sixth and final batch of unidentified comic stamps. Can you name the strip the stamp ran with, and the name of the character depicted? 

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  1. o hell in all,

    All from MOON MULLINS:

    45-"MISS SCHMALTZ'S FATHER. PLUTO G. SCHMALTZ" (17 July 1932)
    46-"CAPT. OSCAR SCHMALTZ ABOUT THE TIME THAT REVENUE CUTTER SPOILED HIS WINTER CRUISE TO CUBA."(14 August 1932)
    47-"T.N. TOMATONOSE MULLINS. MOONSHINE'S FATHER'S SECOND COUSIN." (24 July 1932)
    48-"MOON'S GRANDFATHER BUNGSTARTER G. MULLINS, ESQ." (7 August 1932)
    49-"EMMY SCHMALTZ WHEN SHE WAS SIX YEARS OLD." (10 July 1932)
    50-"MUSHMOUTH WHEN HE WAS A PRIZE FIGHTER-A CHARACTERISTIC POSE" (29 May 1932)
    51-"KITTY HIGGINS HERSELF!(22 May 1932)

  2. NEEDLESS TO SAY, THE ABOVE POSTING IS A SCAM, IN WHICH YOU RESPOND, YOU WILL BE HACKED FOR ALL YOU'RE WORTH, AND MAY BE TRACKED FOR YOUR INVOLVEMENT, AND END UP IN GAOL.

  3. Hello All-
    It's now into October, and no new posts since mid-August. Does anyone know what's become of Allan?

  4. Another month has passed. I'm trying to satiate my daily craving for STRIPPER'S GUIDE by reading ten year old entries, but it's not the same.

  5. You mean you hope he isn't recovering? But you assume he might have it, which he does not.
    He has assured me he will soon be back here, but for now, an all time-consuming renovation project on some of his property must take precedent.

  6. Hello,

    in 1921-1923, there was a syndicated feature drawn by Dan Rudolph called "A Colored Cut-Out Toy". It ran in the Atlanta Constitution, the Syracuse Herald, LA Times, and San Francisco Chronicle, among others. It had a copyright mark for Thomson Features.
    Are you familiar with this feature? Do you have any other information about the artist Dan Rudolph?
    Thank you.

  7. The feature might be actually titled just "Cut-Out Toy". I don't know much about the feature or Mr. Rudolph, but I notice the same installment, "Kitty and the Mouse" has the syndicate identia "Copyright 1921, Thompson Feature Service." in the Buffalo Courier, but when it ran in the Philadelphia Inquirer it's "Copyright By James Elverson" Both ran in 1922.The Knickerbocker Press (Albany NY)) ran the series with no syndicate imprint at all.

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Comic Stamp Quiz, Part 5

  Here is the fifth batch of unidentified comic stamps. Can you name the strip the stamp ran with, and the name of the character depicted? 

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  1. Hello All, en,

    These are from MOON MULLINS and The GUMPS:
    39- "ANDY GUMP AT THE AGE OF ONE WEEK-FIRST ACTUAL PHOTOGRAPH-WEIGHT 8/10 POUNDS-" (15 May 1932)
    40-YOUR KAYO TRADING STAMP. HE POSED FOR THIS A THOUSAND FEET UNDER WATER." (27 December 1931)
    41-"MIN AT THE AGE OF TEN-" (4 June 1932)
    42-"MOONSHINE'S OLD AUNT JELLYROLL MULLINS." (28 August 1932)
    43-"OLD UNCLE WILLIE MULLINS. A PHOTO TAKEN DURING HIS THIRD YEAR IN THE SIXTH GRADE." (4 June 1932)
    44-"LORD PLUSHBOTTOM WHEN HE WAS A LITTLE BOY WEARING A SAILOR SUIT." (8 May 1932)

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Comic Stamp Quiz, Part 3

 Here is the third batch of unidentified comic stamps. Can you name the strip the stamp ran with, and the name of the character depicted? 

In fairness, I wonder if perhaps #23-26 aren’t real; they sure look like amateur drawings to me. 

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  1. Hello All-
    Here's my suggestions:
    23-26- Home made, I guess whoever collected these stamps couldn't get enough, so he made some up. I can't wait to see some samples of the strip these might be from.
    27- Texas Slim
    28- On Our Block
    29 a/b-Mr. Bailey(Smitty)
    30- Is this even intended as a "stamp?" It looks like a detail in a regular panel of something.

  2. It seems likely some kids would generate originals because they didn't get the Sunday paper or siblings got at the funnies first, perhaps to have something to barter with other kid collectors.

    In "The Great Comic Book Heroes", Jules Feiffer described how he hand-drew his own comic books as a kid, then took them to where other kids would swap or sell comics. Feiffer notes, "Mine went for less because they weren't real"

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Comic Stamp Quiz, Part 2

 Here is the second batch of unidentified comic stamps. Can you name the strip the stamp ran with, and the name of the character depicted? (Okay, a few are named ….) One hint: our comic stamp collector has the ID wrong on #15; it is not Tillie the Toiler.

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  1. Hello all-

    The stamps as far as I can tell, some Chicago tribune and /or NEA things as well as KFS:

    10a/b-Freckles?
    11- A strain on the family tie
    12,-Little Jimmy
    13-?
    14-Gasoline Alley?
    15- Lillums Lovewell, Harold Teen's girl.
    16 a/b Corky? Herby?
    17-Gasoline Alley?
    18,19, 20 Corky?
    21- Obviosly there was no more Silk Hat Harry series in the 1930s, I think this might be from one of Murphy's sets of theme stamps, this being hearst strips of the then recent past.
    22- It's Alexander Smart, but was it drawn by Winner?

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Comic Stamp Quiz, Part 1

 What are comic stamps?

They were an extra added feature of some Sunday comic strips, mostly in the 1930s. In addition to the main strip and up to two topper strips, some cartoonists added yet more punch to their pages with comic stamps, which were little cartoon portraits typically printed at about the size of a typical postage stamp. Most simulated stamps, with the perforations along the edges, others play money with character faces, some just put the portraits in plain ol’ rectangles. 

Here’s a typical comic stamp from a Tillie the Toiler Sunday, an addendum to the Van Swaggers topper strip:

The idea of comic stamps was that kids should cut them out and paste them into stamp albums or scrapbooks, I guess. I don’t really get the entertainment value of this, but then I’m not the intended audience. There evidently were kids who did this, because today if you watch the eBay auctions sometimes you’ll come across a dusty old collection of comic stamps or play money. 

Much to my surprise, there are even people today who collect them. I was contacted recently by a comic stamp collector who was hoping to get my help IDing some of their more obecure stamps. What I thought would be easy turned out to be anything but. It turns out that many comic stamps don’t identify the characters, and often they depict secondary or even short-lived guests in the strips. 

Rather than have all the fun to myself of trying to figure out the comic strip that gave birth to these comic stamps, and the characters they depict, I decided to throw it open to the group as a quiz. And this is not some easily aced gimme, either. So if you can figure any of them out, be sure to post a comment and accept the laurels of an expert comic stamp spotter. 

Here’s the first batch. I’m not sure #1 is an actual comic stamp, but the rest appear to be the real thing:

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  1. Hello Allen-

    Here's my pathetic guesses:

    1-The corner of a Post Toasties ad
    2-A character from Tim Tyler's Luck(?)
    3-A character from Blondie.
    4-From Johnnie Round-the-world stamp gallery?
    5-A character from Count Screwloose
    6,7,8- from Katzenjammer Kids
    9-from Captain & the Kids(?)

  2. More questions and a trace of further uninformed speculation from me:

    Always wondered about those. Had the impression they were an organized campaign by, at first anyway, one syndicate. They were almost always presented without comment, so I wonder if there any kind of promotion telling kids to look for them and collect them.

    Went back to the Popeye reprints and noticed Segar favored play money, larger than the stamps and often featuring gags or words of wisdom. Unlike the other strips I'd seen, there was usually a character commenting on the play money or a mini draw-me thing.

    Early in the '30s Segar abandoned the play money in favor of cut-out movies and eventually the Cartoon Club. But years later, Prince Valiant sported collectible-type images on its masthead into the 40s: Always the same portrait of Val on the left, and various characters, objects and scenes on the right. They vanish when the masthead strip vanishes.

    Were there other strips that kept the stamp / play money thing going that long, or was Prince Valiant a last stand?

  3. If I recall it right, it was Jimmy Murphy who started the extras like comic stamps, play money and cut-out dolls in Toots & Casper in about 1930 or 1931, and many other Hearst Sunday strips followed suit. The other syndicates may have done similar things, but kind of half-heartedly. There were the dolls, which off-and-on could be seen in non-Hearst girl strips like Dixie Dugan, Jane Arden, or Fritzi Ritz.
    The play money could be in other syndicate series. If you've seen 1930's copies of the Sunday Mirror of New York City, you'll notice for years they had play money of their strips, Hearst and non-Hearst, such as Toonerville Folks, that they made themselves, used as space fillers along the bottom of the pages when they couldn't come up with a long,thin ad. (often for "Baby Ruth")

  4. Dick Tracy ran a series of stamps featuring mystery writers. That may be the source of #4, the Edgar Allan Poe stamp (just a guess).

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