Friday, April 4, 2014

South Pacific Follies #6

Time to show off.

Story by thrandrall, art by cluedog.



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    1. I think it's worth waiting a day; but it makes me wonder how Milton Caniff and the other artists did three panels a day, and a Sunday page, too!

    2. Heck, during World War II, Milton Caniff was doing two separate daily strips ("Terry and the Pirates" and "Male Call") -- and back in those days, the artwork was larger and more detailed than what you see in newspaper comic strips today (especially the Sunday pages!).

      Most cartoonists in those days did have uncredited assistants who did various amounts of work on the strip, anything from writing to lettering to the actual pencils and inking. Employing assistants is somewhat less common these days (a lot of modern cartoonists look up to Charles Schulz, who did everything on the "Peanuts" strip himself), but it's still reasonably common -- one good example is "Garfield," which is touched by a lot of hands but is only credited to Jim Davis.

    3. Some of the articles do reference having assistants - normally for inking and backgrounds. 6+ frames a day is pretty crazy (and Sunday strips also colored). Looking through the first collected volume of Terry and the Pirates and my collection of Male Call, I'd say it's considerably more detailed than Dick Tracy (that I recall from previous collections) and a lot of other running dailies.

  2. I'm a little confused, who are the guys in black? I thought they were sailors too?

    1. Unfortunately, officers and enlisted men don't always get along, when they're not on base, or aboard ship!

    2. OK, didn't know one was officers and the other was enlisted. Makes sense now.