Author Archive | Dean Mullaney

Claudette Colbert, Percy Crosby, and the Bride of Frankenstein

One of the more tedious and time-consuming jobs here at the Library is scanning, especially for a book like Skippy vol. 4 that contains three years of dailies (1934-1936). For those of you who are counting, that’s more than 900 scans. It’s also a very rewarding task in that we know that our efforts are digitally preserving those 900-plus strips of rotting newsprint.

As we place each daily face down on the scanner, we can’t help but look on the back. More often than not, it’s the classified section or an ad for a local department store (“Chic New Spring Hats, only 69 cents!”)…but certain newspapers would run dailies on the verso of the local entertainment listings, and that can be fun—and instructive.

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A Big Welcome from Dean Mullaney

You’ve undoubtedly noticed that there has been a ramped-up LOAC presence online, including daily posts, previews, regular blog entries, and the launch of our newsletter. The whole idea is to bring you more information on upcoming releases, as well as more background details on those releases.

The kudos go to Kurtis Findlay, who is the new Online Communications Coordinator for our Eisner Award-winning imprint. Kurtis has a diploma in Entertainment Business and Management and brings with him a broad knowledge of comics history. We first met in 2010 when he and I co-edited a book about Chuck Jones—The Dream That Never Was.

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Our Very Own Super-Duper Man!

Everyone knows that Clark Kent is Superman’s alter ego, but around here we have another fine fellow who fits that bill — Super-Duper artist Pete Poplaski, who creates the amazing covers for all of our Superman newspaper strip collections (and the Batman and Wonder Woman collections to boot)!

While everyone who has these books knows what the final colored versions look like when printed, very few people see the various stages Pete goes through to create these masterworks.

For the upcoming Superman Golden Age Dailies 1944-1947 back cover, here are an interim penciled and partially inked version, the final inked rendition, and the color guide Pete submits for LOAC’s digital colorists.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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Friday Night Game Night take two…

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Well, we kinda went board game crazy over the weekend. Not being able to decide which of the three games to play, we decided to play them all.

FRIDAY NIGHT was devoted to the 1937 Terry and the Pirates game from Whitman (the same folks who gave us Big Little Books). It’s basically “Parcheesi” for Caniffites. A lot of fun. It’s also interesting to be in Terry and Pat’s world when Dale Scott was the female lead, before Normandie and Burma entered the scene. WE know what’s ahead for the boys, even though they don’t! Ah, the joy of discovery ahead…

SATURDAY NIGHT found us on a quest for treasure in the 1933  Little Orphan Annie game. Pretty simple stuff that reminded me of playing “Candyland” when I was a young child. You shouldn’t expect anything too complicated from a premium from Ovaltine for the Annie radio show. The game went quickly and we were soon watching the Red Sox (who kept us up late as they beat the Royals in the 10th).

On SUNDAY NIGHT we spent a few enjoyable hours last night hanging out with Corto Maltese and his pal Rasputin. Not in person, mind you (which would be a little difficult), but in playing the Corto board game that was published a few years ago. We’re not board game geeks, so can’t speak to how it rates in the world of intense gamers, but we ARE long-time Corto fans and had a great time playing our parts in adventures taken directly from Pratt’s stories.

Now it’s Monday and back to work…!

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It’s Game Night!

Friday night is game night around the ol’ Library offices. All we have to do is decide which game to play. Three great choices — two vintage and one new. OPTION ONE is the 1937 Terry and the Pirates game:

The 1937 Terry board game!

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OPTION TWO is a 1933 Little Orphan Annie premium from Ovaltine.

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OPTION THREE is a modern game, complete with real strategy and plot threads taken from Hugo Pratt’s Corto Maltese graphic novels:

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Which one will we pick? Tune in on Monday!

Ain’t Nuthin’ like a year of Krazy

In Glen David Gold’s review in the Washington Post of Michael Tisserand’s impressive biography of George Herriman—Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White—Glen suggest that “readers yearning to see full strips would do well to find the recently released Library of American Comics Essentials collection of 1934 ‘Krazy Kat’ daily strips, as it shows a kind of quotidian context that the biography omits.”

A perfect complement!

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May the Force…

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It may not be May the Fourth yet, but we’ve received our advance copy of STAR WARS: The Classic Newsapaper Strips Volume One, featuring amazing artwork by Russ Manning, Rick Hoberg, Mike Royer, Dave Stevens, and Alfredo Alcala. (Plus a cover by Al Wiliamson!) Look for it in stores on May 10th!

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