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Test Post — Wide Image

Hello, this is a test post where I hope to find out if images are viewable if they are wider than the screen.

Try this on for size:

8 comments on “Test Post — Wide Image

  1. When I clicked to enlarge, I could scroll up and down but not left and right. The only way I could see the whole image was to zoom out.

    Using Chrome 100 on a 13″ MacBook Retina Pro (mid 2014) with a trackpad for scrolling.

  2. When I click on the image, it expands and fills my whole monitor window, which is really nice. Seeing that scan at 32″ is wonderful for this type of content.

    I’m on a Windows 10 box with two 32″ monitors if it helps.

  3. Hi, Allan. I’m using a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G. The right part of the wide image is cut off on my screen. When I press the image to view the image alone, it’s huge and I can only see a small portion of it. My preference would be to see the image fit the screen by default but be able to resize it if desired. Congrats on the new site. It looks great.

  4. This may be just part of the test page situation. When I click on the image, I do see it much larger. But after that, clicking the “back” button in my browser takes me back to the website I was at before — not comicstriphistory.com, but strippersguide.blogspot.com. I can’t remember seeing that happen on any other website.

    Please make sure that it’s clear how to close an expanded image and return to the main blog content without leaving the website altogether.

  5. Following up to my previous comment, I see that there is a tiny “X” at the lower right of the image which will close it, but it’s only visible if I reduce the size of the larger image to 75%. (Usually such “X”‘s to close an image appear the upper right of an image.)

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Obscurity of the Day: Along Our Street

The Columbus Dispatch is well-appreciated by serious cartooning fans for its deep roster of great ink-slingers — Billy Ireland, Dudley Fisher, Ray Evans, Harry Keys and, oh, who was that other guy … oh yeah, Milt Caniff.

But these are only the cartoonists who made a lasting impression. The Dispatch editors really seemed to have a deep abiding love for cartooning, and there are others who were invited to take a stab at it for the paper. One of those was Richard Brand, who created a short-lived weekly panel of vignettes about autos, public transportation, commuting, well, basically everything that happens Along Our Street.  The cartooning itself was a little rough, but I think Brand’s perceptive observational gags work quite well for the feature, not counting the mushmouth black stereotypes.

Along Our Street began on September 12 1926, and used that title through October 3, then changed to using different titles each week. The feature ran until December 5 and was seen no more. Brand may have considered cartooning pretty much just a hobby, because he was also employed as a reporter on the Dispatch, and continued in that capacity for various papers for the rest of his working life.  His obituary didn’t bother to mention his apparently short foray into the graphic end of newspapering.

 

A Merry Christmas from Stripper’s Guide and the Chicago Tribune ‘B’ Listers

The Chicago Tribune ran a half page of Christmas wishes in their Sunday section on Christmas Day 1955. Nice enough, but where are Little Orphan Annie, Dick Tracy, Winnie Winkle, the Gasoline Alley gang, the Teenie Weenies, Moon Mullins …. I guess the ‘A’ listers got the day off!

 

Merry Christmas Stripper’s Guide readers!

 

Jeffrey Lindenblatt’s Paper Trends: The 300 for 1986 — Biggest Gainers and Losers

 The biggest gainer in 1985 was a panel feature, which gained 35 papers and moved into 3rd place in panel category —  The Far Side.  The feature had moved from Chronicle Features to Universal Press Syndicate, and perhaps their more active sales force was responsible for that big gain.

Coming in as the third biggest gainer is That’s Jake, another panel strip which gained an impressive 13 papers.

On the comic strip front, Bloom County gained the most papers with 21, then Cathy with 11, then Garfield and Shoe both with 10. Here is the list of top gainers.

Far Side – 35
Bloom County – 21
That’s Jake – 13
Cathy – 11
Garfield – 10
Shoe – 10
For Better or For Worse – 9
Mother Goose and Grimm – 8
Hagar The Horrible – 7
Doonesbury – 6
Family Circus – 5
B.C. – 5
Berry’s World – 5

The biggest losers this year were a group of long-running veterans.

Nancy – 7
Tiger – 6
Archie – 6
Andy Capp – 5
Dunagin’s People – 5

Adventure strips continued their long slow demise.

Alley Oop – 40 (-1)
Amazing Spider-Man – 32 (-3)
Dick Tracy – 32 (-4)
Phantom – 24 (+1)
Buz Sawyer – 22 (-4)
Steve Canyon – 21 (-1)
Mark Trail – 20 (0)
Captain Easy – 18 (-1)
Steve Roper and Mike Nomad – 14 (-1)
Brenda Starr – 10 (0)
Little Orphan Annie – 9 (-2)
Rip Kirby – 9 (-2)
Flash Gordon – 3 (-1)
Popeye – 2 (0)
Brick Bradford – 1 (0)
Modesty Blaise – 1 (0)
Secret Agent Corrigan – 1 (0)
Mandrake The Magician – 0 (-2) – Mandrake does still appear in one paper in the survey but the information is missing from 1985-1999)
Tim Tyler’s Luck – 0 (0)

Strips that have ended and their last counts from the previous year:
Can You Solve The Mystery – 14
World’s Greatest Super-Heroes – 0

The total slots taken by adventure strips  for 1985 was 259, down from 294. That is a 12 percent drop this year.

On the soap opera strip front:

Mary Worth – 68 (-4)
Rex Morgan – 53 (-2)
Judge Parker – 30 (-2)
Apartment 3-G – 22 (-1)
Gil Thorp – 12 (1)
Heart of Juliet Jones – 6 (-2)
Dondi – 5 (-3)    
Winnie Winkle – 4 (0)

The total soap opera strip slots for 1985 was 200 down from 213. That is a 6.1 percent drop. Not as bad as adventure strips but like I’ve said before, the adventure strips are first to go then the soaps will follow.

Wish You Were Here, from Richard F. Outcault

 

Here’s an interesting Buster Brown card. It was published by the H.H. Tammen Company out of Denver Colorado. Tammen was one of the owners of the Denver Post, and he published postcards as a side gig. 

This card was published in 1906 (postally used in 1907) when Outcault was in the midst of leaving the New York Herald for greener pastures. Tammen’s Denver Post was one of his suitors, and the marriage came so close to consummation that they are listed as the copyright holders on one or two Buster Brown items, including one Sunday page. 

If Outcault was willing to have Tammen publish postcards of his stars you’d think he would have given them some proper art to work from: this card looks like a bad tracing of an Outcault original. This card is number #1000, and I have found another online, numbered #1002. The cards from this series appear to be much scarcer than other Outcault cards, probably resulting from Tammen being a jilted suitor.

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