The Editor & Publisher Mystery List

The Editor & Publisher Mystery List 

 

Here’s your chance to rescue some obscure strips from the graveyard of undocumented features. As many of you know, Editor & Publisher, the trade journal of the newspaper business, publishes an annual syndicate directory. They’ve published them since 1924, and they are a treasure trove of information. In fact, my friend Dave Strickler has published a book wherein he lists all the features that appeared in those directories (his website is here). 
 
Most of the E&P listings are for standard mainstream features, but they have also listed many additional more obscure stuff over the years. Some are from tiny syndicates (including self-syndicators), others are strips that came from mainstream syndicates but ran only for a short time in few papers. Others are true phantom features – strips that the syndicates tried to sell but failed, amateur cartoonists who deluded themselves into thinking their feature was publishable, and so on. Many listings from this century muddy the waters by being for features that run only on the web. 
 
The E&P syndicate directories, then, are a valuable source of information, but full of pitfalls if we just assume that all the features listed actually ran in newspapers. And as most of you know, I continue working on my project that was last published as American Newspaper Comics – An Encyclopedic Reference Guide, also known as Stripper’s Guide, that seeks to document every recurring comic strip and panel cartoon feature that ran in US newspapers.  

 

The most important rule that I have for including a feature is that I have to have seen it for myself actually running in a newspaper. One reason for that rule is the E&P phantom strip listings – some other researchers have fallen into the trap of documenting features based only on that resource with absolutely no additional evidence to support the existence of the feature. I won’t let that happen in my project. 
 
So here’s the deal. The following is a list of every feature from the Editor & Publisher listings that I have not been able to document as a bona fide actual running newspaper feature. What I need from you is documentary proof of the feature’s existence. Links to online digital newspaper resources are great, as are photocopies or scans of a few sample tearsheets (especially if you can provide dates and the name of the paper), but I can also when necessary check out leads, like “sure, I read that one every day in the Splutburg Chronicle back in 1970-71.” On the other hand, please cool it on leads like “that sounds vaguely like something I half-remember from somewhere”.  
 
So what do I offer in return? Well, until I moved to Canada I was offering to send goodie boxes of miscellaneous cool old comic strip collectibles to anyone who found a feature. But Canada postal rates are so outrageous that I just can’t do that anymore. So instead you’ll have to settle for the undying gratitude of your peers, and credit in Stripper’s Guide for your contribution.

 

Title

Creator(s)

Syndicate

Advertised Format/Frequency

Years Advertised

Notes/Status (blank means still a mystery)

AC In DC

Edwards De Lon

Future Features

daily strip

1996

 

AD-LIBerties

Ney Talbot

N.E.W.S.

daily strip

1949-50

 

Abe Martin Junior

E.B. Sullivan

Dille

daily panel

1938-39

Apparently replaced Abe Martin these two years?

Academy Of Fame

A.S. Curtis

Curtis Features

Sunday strip

1946-50

Suspect this might just be “Medal Of Honor” under a different title

Ace Of The Staff

Leon P. Snowe II

Trans World News

daily strip

1978

 

Acme Woods

Dyke Williams

Dickson Features

weekly strip

1980

 

Ad-A-Line

Henri Arnold

Editors Syndicate

daily panel

1955

Found! in Great Bend Daily Tribune

Ad-Ribs

Bob Poet

Richmond Syndicate

daily strip

1979

 

Adam Apple’s Adventures

Don Herold

Dille

daily panel

1932

 

Adam’s World

Wayne Phillips

Consolidated

thrice-weekly panel

1974

Found! in Camden Courier-Post

Addled Ads

Harry Lutke

Chicago Sun-Times

daily panel

1950-51

Found! in Lowell Sun

Addles

Shar Durksen

American International

daily panel

1993-97

 

Adventure In Nature

Robert Peterson

American International

daily strip

1988-98

 

Adventure, Culture And Humor In Proper English

uncredited

Cartoonics

daily and Sunday strip

1942

 

Adventures In Death Valley

Stanley Miller

Matz Features

daily strip

1940

Probably advertising comics?

Adventures In Wonderland

Bob Pilgrim

Independent Syndicate

daily strip

1930

Found! by Bill Mullins in the LaCrosse Tribune and Leader Press

Adventures Of Arsene Lupin

Maurice LeBlanc and Georges Bourdin

Service Cooperative de Diffusion d’Articles

daily strip

1948

French – did it run in US?

Adventures Of Melisse

Melisse

Melisse Syndicate

daily panel

1950

 

Adventures Of Mister A. Worm

Charles Sarka

F-Bean Syndicate

weekly panel

1926

 

Adventures Of Skuddabud

Columba Krebs

Skuddabud Creations

daily strip

1936-38

 

Adventures Of Ted And Jed

Raymon Naylor

Feature Sales Syndicate

daily/weekly strip/panel

1936

 

Adventures Of Tiny Turtle

Brint Schorer Jr.

Tiny Features

daily strip

1968-71

Found! turned out to be a coloring and game page not qualified for SG listing

Afterworld

Todd Schowalter

Plain Label Press

daily/weekly strip

1992-94

 

Agile Man

Rex Walthall

Dickson-Bennett International Features

daily strip

1981-82

 

Agony

uncredited

Interpress of London & New York

weekly panel

1976-81

 

Ahead Of Time

Ken Muse

Dickson Features

weekly strip

1980-81

 

Air Fair

Dick Locher

Winford Company

daily strip

1971-73

 

Air-Sub DX

Carl Burgos

Watkins (Brooklyn Eagle)

Sunday strip

1939

 

Aladdin McFadden

Jim Lavery

Arthur J. Lafave

daily and Sunday strip

1937

Found! in Newark News

Aladdin And Company

Jaime Diaz

Ed Marzola & Associates

daily and Sunday strip

1976

 

Alan O’Dare

Carl Pfeufer

Smith-Mann

Sunday strip

1951-54

Probably topper to “Chisholm Kid”

Albert

Robert Nunn

American International

daily strip

1992-95

 

Alexander Gate

Gene Mora and Frank Bolle

McNaught Syndicate

daily and Sunday strip

1970-71

Existence verified by Jeffrey Lindenblatt

Alfonso

Romano Garofalo, Regnal Adams, Charles Russo

Dickson Bennett/American International

daily strip

1982-91

Alberto Becattini says this is an Italian strip there titled “Mostalfonso”

Algy

Gene Rowls

Bryl Syndicate

daily strip

1936

 

Ali Baba

Ostrup

Select Features

daily panel

1948

 

Ali Katt

Walt Trag

unknown syndicate

daily strip

1958

 

Alias The Skull

Kevin Miller and David Watkins

Suzerain

Sunday strip

1993-95

 

All In America

Tom Ward

Winford Company

daily and Sunday strip

1972

 

All In The Family

Bill Murray

Minority Features

weekly strip

1980-2003

 

All-American Family

Lesnier

Popular Press Features

weekly panel

1951

Found! in Hearne Democrat)

Almighty Dollar

Lo Linkert

Feature Associates

weekly panel

1980

 

Along The Rail

John Williams

Community Features

weekly panel

1980-81

 

Alpha Ant

Leonard Bruce and the Humane Society

Leoleen-Durck

weekly panel

1983-88

Presumably a giveaway?

Amanda y Rocinante

Resurrecion Espinosa and Dorthy Torres

self-syndicated

weekly strip

1996-present

 

Amateur Etiquette

Dick Calkins

Dille

daily panel

1925-30

Found! in Edwardsville Intelligencer but more of an illustrated column, not qualified for SG listing)

Amazing But True

Albert Edward Wiggam

Dille

daily panel

1931-32

Early name of “Let’s Explore Your Mind”?

Ambitious Ambrose

Oscar Hitt

Wheeler-Nicholson

daily strip

1926

Found! in Lowell Sun

Amby

Dwight Parks

Dille

daily and Sunday strip

1958

Never ran — see comment by Ger Appeldoorn in blogpost

American Scoreboard

Henry Riddick and Antoinette Leeds

Family Features

weekly panel

1948

 

Amos The Analyst

Mick Stevens

Lew Little Syndicate

daily panel

1966-67

 

Anabel And Rupert

Reub Allen and M.O.Doyle

Columbia Inc.

daily strip

1935

 

And Bob Created Woman

David Watkins and Kevin Miller

Suzerain

daily strip

1993

 

Andy Lane

Eustace Adams and Dick Brown

United Feature

unknown format/frequency

1933

 

Anggie

Dawn Munson

American International

daily strip

1992-94

 

Animal Chatter For A Clean Environment

Emil Abrahamian

?

self-syndicated

1995-96

Ran in Arab News – ever ran in US?

Animals On Parade

John Meissner

self-syndicated

daily panel

1939

 

Another Day Another Doll

Henry Gaines Goodman

Beroth Features

daily panel

1958-61

 

Anthracite And Bituminous

Ferd Himme

Lowry Cartoons

weekly panel

1932

Ad panel for coal?

Antics Of The Allens

Leonard Merrill

Thompson Service

weekly panel

1932

 

Antoinette And Cleopatra

Joanne McGuire

Copley News

daily strip

1979

 

Aphrodite

Uncredited

Interpress of London And New York

weekly panel

1985-97

 

Apple A Day

Richard Gerchak

Community Features

weekly panel

1980-81

 

Applesauce

Dick Calkins

Dille

daily panel

1924

 

Aram

Piet Wijn

Douglas Whiting Ltd

daily strip

1959-60

Dutch – ever ran in US?

Ardith

Ken Muse

Dickson-Bennett

daily strip

1982

 

Are You A Kopy Kat?

Robert Gill

National Features

Sunday strip

1980-82

 

The Aristocrats

Bob Kane

Ledger Syndicate

daily panel

1967-70

 

Armadillosaurus

R. Shirley

Famous Features

weekly strip

1995

 

Arnaki

Aspro Coolidge

Mid-Continent

thrice weekly panel

1978-79

 

Arnie

Arne Stockholm

Singer Features

weekly strip

1973-99

 

Around Town

Rube Weiss

Blakely Features

weekly panel

1970-76

 

Around The Dial

uncredited

Audio Service

daily panel

1927

 

Arty Facts

Ray Fisher

Singer Features

weekly panel

1983-99

 

As You Were

Jim Baker

Pioneer Press

daily panel

1972-99

Found! in Elyria Chronicle-Telegram

Assignment Top Secret

Bill Barry

Adventure Features

daily strip

1981-93

 

The Astronits

Pat Anderson

self-syndicated

daily strip

1970-79

Found printed a single time in the Cedar Rapids Press – still looking for more evidence)

Astronuts

Dave Berg

Singer Media

weekly strip

1994-99

 

At Andre’s

Sandy Brier

McClure Syndicate

daily panel

1961

 

Atila

William Grosso

Colombian Comics

daily strip

1990-96

 

Aunt Effie

Edgon Margo

Queen Features

weekly panel

1939

 

Auntie’s Antics

uncredited

Keystone Features

daily strip

1938

 

Auto Comics

Kenny Hall

Avanti Features

weekly panel

1996-97

 

Auto Sense

Jack Williamson

Associated Editors

weekly panel

1925-26

Found! in Oshkosh Daily Northwestern

 

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