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04/14/2014

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Craig L

Re: Dick Tracy... the name was Diet Smith for the high-tech industrialist and creator of Dick's classic Wrist Radio (and Vitamin Flintheart was a ham actor but good guy - I identified them easily because they have both appeared in the strip lately).

And then there's the new plot that started where he was going to be recruited by Orville Warbucks to find Annie (who was left in limbo when the Orphan Annie strip was cancelled in 2010) only to be interrupted for a storyline about a cartoonist doing a parody comic of Dick (yes, like Al Capp's Fearless Fosdick). So Dick Tracy's current creative team is so far OFF the rails that it's crossing over half the comics page (not the current comics but I wouldn't rule out a Doonesbury mashup).

Re: Archie... while the daily comic has avoided any continuity (which is how its current syndicated version is able to continue doing reruns after it stopped 'current production' in 2011), the comic books are a whole 'nother story - or three or four...

In 1964, my parents subscribed to the Los Angeles Times and I was all over its comics page (plus Peanuts on page A3), but one of my favorites at the time was Rick O'Shay, the western serial that had realistic everything EXCEPT the faces of the characters. Something about the incongruity really appealed to me. And the Times didn't carry Archie, Blondie, Beetle Bailey or anything else from King Features Syndicate because they were all in the Herald Examiner, the afternoon paper owned by Hearst, which also owned King Features.

And I did not know about the passing of Don "Toonopedia" Markstein until today - there was so much stuff in his site I didn't even notice it wasn't being updated. (Hangs head in mourning/shame).

Mike Peterson

Correction made, thanks. I like the current team, which has brought a more overt playfulness to things, to the point of self-parody. I never knew how seriously I was expect to take the strip; now I don't worry about it.

I used to see Archie in comics at summer camp, and there was a sense that overprotective parents sent them to kids over 9 or 10, such that, whatever happened to the Number Ones of Spiderman, Thor and Daredevil that passed through my hands in those days, they certaintly weren't swapped for an equal number of Archies.

On the other hand, they were fun and we did enjoy them. They weren't as babyish as the Richie Rich/Casper comics.

(At some point, I may comment at more length on the current "death of Archie" thing, but, basically, trying to make a comic more hip generally does more to betray your current audience than it does to attract a new one.)

Dan Thompson also had vintage Rick O'Shay running when he was serializing old Steve Canyons online. I'm glad he's got a lot of his own original work going on, but I miss those.

D. D. Degg

Searching for Warlow I found a death notice (at the age of 23) from the September 28, 1916 edition of the Harrisburg Telegraph:

JOSEPH A. WARLOW Former Telegraph Cartoonist Is Typhoid Fever Victim Typhoid fever claimed another victim early this morning when Joseph A. Warlow, a draughtsman In the offices of Thomas M. Kelker, architect, a former cartoonist for the Telegraph and one of the popular graduates of Technical High school, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Warlow, 41 North Seventeenth street He had been HI only three weeks. Mr. Warlow who made an enviable record for himself with his crayon while a student, graduated from the city trades' school In 1911. Following his graduation he joined the artists' staff of the Telegraph and later entered the University of Pennsylvania to take up special courses in drawing". Mr. Warlow was in his twenty - third year. He was a member of Robert Burns lodge of Masons and of the Market Square Presby terian Sunday school. His parents and a sister and brother survive him. Funeral services will be held at o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Warlow home and the Rev. Dr. Geo. Edward Hawes, pastor of Market Bauare church will officiate. Burial will be made in the Harrisburg cemetery."

From the OCR text at the bottom of
http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/40639091/

Patrick Shawl

I enjoyed the Little Archie comic books over Archie, they seemed to have better stories.

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