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1. Sunday Funnies: Little Orphan Annie Christmas 1943

December 21, 1943:

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2. Sunday Funnies #8: Calling All Girls

People always ask me if I collect WWII memorabilia/paraphernalia.  The answer is no, the only things I do own from that time are books and some magazines and they were originally purchased for a reason other than this blog.  I really only needed them for reading purposes, not as collector's items.  So, for example, I paid a mere $3.00 for this copy of Nurse Merton, Desert Captive because I needed it and didn't care that it was an old library copy that had not cover and was missing some front pages.

Nurse Merton, Desert Captive
I also have a bunch of magazines for kids from that time and among them are some original issues of a magazine called Calling All Girls.

In July1941, the Parent's Magazine Institute began Calling All Girls for younger teenage girls.  Published on a monthly basis, each issue consisted of comics, fashion (but more along the lines of either sew it yourself or make do and update what you already own kind, not the buy-new-stuff kind of fashion,) stories and other articles that would be of interest to girls.

The United States didn't enter the war until December 1941 and it took Calling All Girls until sometime in 1942 to catch up with current events, but when it did, its pages were filled with war related articles, stories and comics.  Unlike those found in comic books or comic strips in the newspapers, the comics in Calling All Girls were always about girls or women and were designed to be informative.   I thought this one from July 1942 about infantile paralysis or polio was particularly good example of the type of comics found in this magazine.  It was both timely and interesting, since here had been polio epidemics in the 1930s and the 1940s, the March of Dimes had also been founded in 1935 and our wartime President Roosevelt was himself a victim of polio.
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3. The Sunday Funnies (11/14/10)

Each week, just for fun, we post several syndicated comic strips that make reference to animated cartoon characters. We are not claiming these to be the greatest comics of the week, or even particularly well-drawn or funny. It’s simply a reflection of how animation is perceived in a related media, and our record of it. [...]

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4. A Sunday Funny from 1943

From: The Saturday Evening Post June 6, 1943

For an interesting article about the work of cartoonists and their efforts to keep up morale of people during the World War II, see Stripper's Guide  This is a reprint of an article from a journal called Editor and Publisher, originally published September 19, 1942.

NB Women's teaching colleges used to be called seminaries, e.g. Mount Holyoke College used to be called Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. 

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5. Sunday Funnies: Invisible Scarlet O’Neil by Russell Stamm

World War II began right in the middle of the golden age of comics (1930s through 1940s) and gave rise to a few new superheroes. Superman first appeared in April 1938, Batman in May 1939, The Flash in January 1941, Green Lantern in July 1940, Al Pratt’s The Atom in October 194, Hawk Man January in 1940, Aquaman in November 1941, Captain Marvel in February 1940 and Captain America in March 194. The very popular Captain Midnight appeared in comic book form in 1941, though he was already a successful radio show, and also appeared in a comic strip beginning in 1942. When America entered the war, most of these superheroes found themselves fighting the forces of evil – Nazi and Japanese spies and, saboteurs or the occasional mad scientist or quisling. They never really got into the real war in Europe or the Pacific, but were revered by their fans nevertheless.

Most people think that Wonder Woman, who first appeared in December 1941, was the only female superhero to emerge during the war, but in fact, the first was Russell Stramm Invisible Scarlet O’Neil. Scarlet hit the superhero scene on June 3, 194o in the Chicago Times and in her first strip she explains how she became invisible:

From: Invisible Scarlet O'Neil

Scarlet didn’t really tackle foreign enemies on US soil; most of her escapades were pretty typical comic strip fare: bullies, thieves, mean people and she especially liked helping children. But occasionally Scarlet’s patriotism would also shine through, as it did on Sunday, March 21, 1943:


From: Invisible Scarlet O'Neil

During her heyday, according to Don Markstein’s Toonopedia, Whitman published two Big Little Books devoted to Scarlet, and one novel when she was joined by other comic strip favorites like Terry and the Pirates and Tillie the Toiler.

Invisible Scarlet O’Neil ran from 1941to 1956.
6. Sunday Funnies - Comics for Defense, Part I



One of the ways that the government financed World War II was by selling war bonds.  Beginning in December 1942, a series of eight war bond drives began, the last one held in December 1945.  Advertising for the sale of war bonds was donated and, when it was all over, more than $156 billion was raised in the 8 bonds drives held, despite the fact that money was so tight for the average citizen.  
To encourage already strapped people to buy war bonds, the government employed all kinds of publicity.  Movie stars, radio stars, singing stars and sports stars were all enlisted to help, often appearing at massive rallies or sporting events during bond drives.

Left: a bond drive on Wall Street
Center: 1943 three day Cavalcade of Stars bond drive
(how many stars do you recognize?)
Right: 1943 Brooklyn Dogers war bond honor card


Kids were also encouraged to do their bit for the war and to buy bonds at school.  But how do you get kids to part with their hard won nickels and dimes?  One way was by having some of their favorite comic book/scomic strip characters sound the appeal.  And these characters all got into the swing of it, as you can see here:



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7. The Sunday Funnies (9/5/10)


My Cage (8/19/10) by Ed Power and Melissa DeJesus ; and Strange Brew (08/31/10) By John Deering.

(Thanks, Jim Lahue)

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8. The Sunday Funnies (9/12/10)



Bliss (9/10) by Harry Bliss; Argyle Sweater (9/10) by Scott Hilburn; and Off The Mark (9/6) by Mark Parisi.

(Thanks, Jim Lahue, Ed Austin and Kurtis Findlay)

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9. The Sunday Funnies (9/26/10)






This week, from the top, a San Diego Union-Tribune editorial cartoon (9/3) by Steve Breen; Mother Goose and Grimm (9/24) by Mike Peters; Nancy (9/21) by Guy and Brad Gilchrist; Chuckle Bros. (9/23) by Brian and Ron Boychuck; Hari Kiwi (9/20) by Steven Degryse (aka “Lectrr”) and The Argyle Sweater (9/23) by Scott Hilburn.

(Thanks to Jim Lahue, John Hall, Ed Austin, Kurtis Findlay, Jed Martinez and Uncle Wayne)

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10. The Sunday Funnies (10/10/10)



Brewster Rockit (10/7) by Tim Rickard; Brevity (10/5) by Guy and Rod; and Off The Mark (10/7) by Mark Parisi.

(Thanks to Jim Lahue and John Hall)

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11. The Sunday Funnies (10/17/10)



Rhymes With Orange (10/14) by Hilary Price; Sally Forth (10/13) by Greg Howard; and Forever Endeavor (10/14) by Tom Mullany.

(Thank you, Jim Lahue)

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12. The Sunday Funnies (10/24/10)




This week Mutts (10/17) by Patrick McDonnell; Medium Large (10/20) by Marciuliano; Thataboy (10/23) by Paul Trap; and BC (10/17) by Mastroianni and Hart.

(Thanks to Jim Lahue, Jed Martinez and the comic strip crew)

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13. The Sunday Funnies (10/31/01)





Medium Large (10/31) by Francesco Marciuliano; Tundra (10/29) by Chad Carpenter; Ink Pen (10/24) by Phil Dunlap; The New Yorker magazine cartoon (9/27) by Joe Dator; and Moderately Confused (10/26) by Jeff Stahler.

(Thanks to Jim Lahue)

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14. The Sunday Funnies (11/7/10)

A weekly round-up of syndicated comic strips referencing animation. This week The Flying McCoys (11/3) by Glenn and Gary McCoy; Strange Brew (11/4) by John Deering; and Rubes (11/6) by Leigh Rubin. (Thanks Jim Lahue, Jed Martinez and Ed Austin)

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15. The Sunday Funnies (7/4/10)




This week: B.C. (7/2) by Mason Mastroianni; Medium Large (7/2) by Francesco Marciuliano; an editorial cartoon by Mike Luckovich (6/27) for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; and Off the Mark (7/3) by Mark Parisi

(Thanks to Jim Lahue, Chris Cook, Charles Brubaker, Jed Martinez, Austin Papageorge and Uncle Wayne)

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16. The Sunday Friday Funnies

Because we are changing servers over the weekend, Sunday comes early this week – as we post our weekly round-up of animation related newspaper comics a few days early – First up, a multi-part sequence from Heart Of The City (7/13-15) by Mark Tatulli:








Strange Brew (7/11) by John Deering; Argyle Sweater (7/14) by Scott Hilburn; The Quigmans (7/12) by Buddy Hickerson; Natural Selection (7/13) by Russ Wallace; and Reynolds Unwrapped (7/12) by Dan Reynolds.

(Thanks to Jim Lahue, Kurtis Findlay, Charles Brubaker and Ed Austin)

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17. The Sunday Funnies (8/1/10)

Each week we highlight several of the print cartoons, comic strips and panels that reflect the world of animation. This week we’ve got three examples: Doonesbury (7/28) by Garry Trudeau, Brevity (7/30) by Guy Endore-Kaiser and Rodd Perry – both referencing Pixar – and Scott Hilburn’s Argyle Sweater (7/28), taking on a breakfast cereal icon.



(Thanks to Jim Lahue, Kurtis Findlay and Charles Brubaker)

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18. The Sunday Funnies (8/8/10)




This week we start with the final strip of a two week Boris & Natasha storyline in Over the Hedge. It wrapped up on Friday (8/6) with this appearance by Mr. Peabody & Sherman (you can read the whole thing starting here). Following that, we have Cul De Sac (7/31) by Richard Thompson; Ink Pen (8/1) by Phil Dunlap; and Strange Brew (8/7) by John Deering.

(Thank you Jim Lahue, Charles Brubaker, Michael Tuttle and Mark Kausler)

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19. The Sunday Funnies (8/15/10)







This week Beetle Bailey (8/11) by Mort Walker; Mallard Fillmore (8/9) by Bruce Tinsley; My Cage (8/8) by Ed Powers and Melissa DeJesus; Rubes (8/8) by Leigh Rubin; Strange Brew (8/11) by John Deering; and Reality Check (8/9) by Dave Whammond.

(Thanks, Jim Lahue, Kurtis Findlay and Ed Austin)

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20. The Sunday Funnies (8/22/10)








Submitted for your approval: Medium Large (8/19) by Francesco Marciuliano; Mother Goose and Grimm (8/20) by Mike Peters; Adam @home (8/20) by Brian Basset; Keeping Up With the Sevilles (8/20) by Alex Dudley; Brevity (8/18) by Guy & Rod; Reality Check (8/19) by Dave Whammond; and Off The Mark (8/16 and 8/19) by Mark Parisi.

(Thanks, Jim Lahue, Kurtis Findlay, Ed Austin, Jed Martinez and Chris Allison)

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21. The Sunday Funnies (8/29/10)



Slim pickings this week: Lio (8/26) by Mark Tatulli; The Argyle Sweater (8/22) by Scott Hilburn; and Reality Check (8/27) by Dave Whammond.

(Thank you Jim Lahue, Kurtis Findlay, Charles Brubaker and Ed Austin)

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