Rest Easy, Soldier

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Harry Grant Guyton, nephew of Milton and Esther (“Bunny”) Caniff, at age 94.

Harry was the executor of the Caniff Estate and did so much to make both the Steve Canyon comic strips and the short-lived TV series available for modern-day audiences. He was also a tremendous raconteur, and this seems a fine time to share with you a couple stories Harry shared with us during an interview a few years ago:

“Bunny always had Milton on a diet. You know, carrots, celery, what have you.” Harry said. “When he lived in Palm Springs, there was the main house and he had the studio down there, and so we would stay in the studio [when we visited]. And you know, he drew all the time. He had his board and everything in the studio. Well, we would leave him crackers, cookies, cake, and what have you, and in the morning we’d get a note — ‘Thank you, thank you.’ Because, boy, Bunn kept him on a pretty strict diet!”

Another story, from two decades before the Caniffs’ days in Palm Springs, indicates how times have changed (and security has tightened!) since the mid-1950s: “When I was at Fort Eustis, Virginia, I received an invitation to attend the National Cartoonist Society’s breakfast with President Eisenhower and Secretary of the Treasury Humphreys. I was flown to DC in a Major General’s plane and sat at a table with Otto Soglow, creator of The Little King, and five other people. Soglow was a real prankster, and he told me he was going to pretend he had a gun, and said I was to see which one at our table was the Secret Service guy. I said , ‘No, thanks!'”

Dean and I enjoyed every conversation we had with Harry; he was a great help to us with both our Terry and the Pirates and especially our Steve Canyon projects. His love for Milton and Bunny was clear whenever he spoke of them, and he has been an able steward of both Canyon as a property and of Milt’s legacy as a whole.

We’ll refer you to this 2014 posting for more on Harry, including a fine portrait of him rendered by his uncle, the Rembrandt of the Comics.

 

The LOAC Road to 200: The LOAC Wheel of Fortune is Stupefyin’!

We’re Cadillacin’ toward our 200th release, and we thank you for riding along with us! It’s time once again to spin the LOAC Wheel of Fortune to see which past release gets spotlighted for the month of April.

Before we continue our focus on the year 2014, begun last month, a tip of the Dick Tracy fedora to those readers (you know who you are) who corrected us after last month’s “LOAC Wheel” feature appeared. In March we truthfully mentioned that 2014 was our busiest year ever. We went on to point out that we released twenty-three books that year.

“Nay, nay,” said those Ol’ Eagle Eyes who visit this space, “your list is one short! Wonder Woman also appeared in 2014, and it’s not on the list you presented!” What can I say? They were right, and we had fat-fingered the year-of-release for Princess Diana as 2015, not 2014. Here’s a corrected list of our 2014 releases:

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The LOAC Road to 200: March’s LOAC Wheel of Fortune

It’s that time again — as we move toward our two hundredth entry in The Library of American Comics, we’re spinning that LOAC Wheel of Fortune to see which of our past releases gets spotlighted for the month of March.

We wanted to focus on the year 2014, which was the busiest in our almost-twelve-year history. A whopping twenty-three — yup, that’s 23! — Library books were released that year:

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At Last! The Dick Tracy Series Has Gotten to the Good Stuff!

Long time fan Russ Pfister sent us an email after reading the latest book in our Dick Tracy series, Vol. 25: 1969-1970. Included in the email are pictures of a very special Dick Tracy book that Russ made himself when he was nine years old that contain these same stories! With his permission, here is what Russ wrote us, accompanied by his photos.

If you have your own home made comic strip book, we would love to see it! Send us some pictures and your story to kurtis@loacomics.com!

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