Monday, January 09, 2017

See You Soon

I will be away for most of this week due to personal reasons.

Back soon.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Edwin Lepper Original Gag Cartoons 1950s - 1970s

I got an email about gag cartoonist Ed Lepper from Aaron Druck. Aaron had recently acquired a number of Ed Lepper's original cartoons. He took some photos of them, and gave me permission to share. Thanks, Aaron!

I know a little about Ed Lepper. He was a prolific gag cartoonist whose work was in all the major markets. Just look at the notations on the originals from the editors: these cartoons appeared in National Enquirer, The Saturday Evening Post, The Wall Street Journal and other publications from the 1950s to the 70s.

If anyone has more information on Ed, please leave a comment here or contact me directly.


Aaron Druck's page of Ed Lepper originals

Some more of his published gag cartoons:

All of the Cartoons From August 1962 McCALL'S Magazine

LIFETIME LIVING Magazine November 1953

The Saturday Evening Post, February 28, 1959 UPDATED

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Donald "Duck" Edwing 1934 - 2016

"Duck" Edwing, a freelance gag cartoonist and writer whose work appeared in Mad Magazine for 49 years, passed away the day after Christmas. He was 82 years old.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, he started cartooning at the early age of nine. After a stint in the Navy, he drew up gag cartoons and started doing the NYC "cartoon look day" rounds in 1958. He was a prolific cartoonist, whose work appeared in the major markets; Playboy, The Saturday Evening Post and others. He began selling to Mad Magazine in 1962. He was known as a writer, primarily for Don Martin and the Spy vs. Spy feature.

"[Don] Martin and I corresponded mostly with phone calls. The Mad editors did all the work by putting us together. I merely cheered Don up on a daily basis by telling him jokes, which had nothing to do with the work in front of him. I marveled at how he would take my chicken scratch sketches of a gag and transform them into a 2-D, animated, spectacular scene. The man was a major talent ... l miss him." -- Wikipedia

He met his wife,  Clair "Cluck" Edwing in the 1970s.  (Yes, "Cluck." "That's Right," writes Duck in his NCS bio page above.) 

Duck Edwing had his own "Tales from the Duckside" feature, and he collaborated with Paul Coker, Jr. on two newspaper comic strips, Lancelot and Horace and Buggy. He helped write and draw Bob Thaves' Frank and Ernest strip. For Mad's 50th anniversary, Duck wrote a short-lived Spy vs. Spy newspaper feature for Tribune Media with Dave Manak handling the art. For Swedish readers, he created Super Sock and other successful European features. Duck Edwing also wrote and drew seventeen Mad paperbacks. Later in life, he turned his creative energies to slot machines, designing "plots to be used on the unsuspecting public!"  

He moved to Florida. That's where Duck conceived of "The Golden Gator Award," an honor given to wives of cartoonists.  

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Ger Apeldoorn: Comics and Cartoon Gag Magazines for Sale

My friend, comics historian Ger Apeldoorn, has some great magazines (1000 Jokes) and old Marvel comics from his collection for sale at his eBay store. I urge you to check them out!

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

1969 Topps TV Knock-Knocks Cards

Here are a couple of these 1969 Topps Bubblegum TV Knock-Knocks Cards. Artist and writer uncredited, as was the usual case. These are some awful punning old knock-knock jokes, which always make me groan and smile simultaneously. Although these were out in 1969, I have only recently learned of their existence.

It looks like there may have been a couple of versions of these cards, with one set titled "Knock-Knocks" and another "T.V. Knock-Knocks," as well as a series number beneath.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

See You In the New Year

Have a wonderful holiday. See you in 2017.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Great Ham Caper

My wife, Stacy, wrote a poem way back in Christmas 2006. It's about us and our cats, Rufus and Sam.

Her poem was got some serious Web traffic, and it's been rerun annually since. Since we moved we have adopted a few more cats.

It's bittersweet now, since big red Rufus died on December 5, 2014. It was cancer and there was nothing we could have done. He had a wonderful life. He adored Stacy, who tamed him from a wild cat from the big city to a sweet, round, purring house cat. He had no idea he was on the Internet, of course.

For auld lang syne, here is the poem again, starring our two cats from Brooklyn, Rufus and Sam (Sam is alive and well and looking out of my studio window as I type this):

The Great Ham Caper

Words by Stacy Lynch
Pictures by Mike Lynch

’Twas the week before Christmas
When Rufus and Sam
Hatched a devious scheme
To make off with the ham!

The ham that would grace
The holiday table!
Roo was the brains.
Sam, wiry and able.

They devised a plan
Of Goldbergian proportions
With pulleys and weights
And kitty contortions.

And on Christmas day
They’d eat until stuffed
(The very idea
Made their tails slightly puffed!)

’Til then, they’d lay low,
Little angels to see.
But that made us suspicious –
Wouldn’t you be?

So we snooped and we sleuthed
And uncovered their caper -
“The Ham-Stealing Plan”
Diagrammed on a paper!

“No silly cat’s gonna
Steal my roast beast,”
Exclaimed Mike. “Just watch,
I’ll ruin their feast!”So he countered their scheming
With mad plans all his own
And all I could do
Was inwardly groan!

Who’d win this contest
Of wits they were planning?
Would Mike, Roo or Sam -
Be last man or cat standing?

As Christmas day dawned
The four of us waited
For the ham to be served
With breaths that were bated.

But before the main course
Could even be plated
Their plans took a turn.
Some say it was fated...

What happened to stop them
So cold in their tracks?
Why, cat-nip and husb-nip
(in big canvas sacks)Was all that it took
To stop their foul warring.
And they rolled and purred
And drooled on the flooring.And as long as I kept
My fingers and toes
Away from a hubby and two cats
In nip’s throes -
My own Christmas day
Turned out merry and calm;
The ham moist and succulent,
The champagne, a balm.

When they “awoke”,
hostilities abated,
We all ate some ham
And went to bed sated.

And such peace we wish
To you and to yours:
An end to fighting;
An end to wars.

Happy Holidays!

Mike and Stacy and Rufus and Sam

UPDATE: and, the "new" cats: Dexter and Dropcloth and Fergus.

Happy Holidays, everyone.

It's time to be with family. So, this blog will be quiet for a time. I'll see you soon.