(May 1985)

Fantagraphics, 1983 Series
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Price:
3.50 USD; 4.25 CAD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
Bi-Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books, Inc.
Editing:
Rick Marschall
Color:
Black & White
Dimensions:
8.25" x 10.75"; (20.9 cm x 27.3 cm)
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Indicia says First printing: April, 1985
In credits, Editor is listed as "Richard E. Marschall".
Editorial is signed "Richard Marschall".
Story introductions bylined "Rick Marschall"


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Charles Dana Gibson
Inks:
Charles Dana Gibson
Colors:
Tom Mason

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
?

Synopsis:
Advertisment for Mike Hammer and Modesty Blaise collections from ken Pierce Books.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Charles Dana Gibson; James Montgomery Flagg
Inks:
Charles Dana Gibson; James Montgomery Flagg
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Table of Contents, indicia, and illustrations by Gibson and Flagg.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

credits / 0.33 page (report information)

Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Credits for magazine staff, and list of distributors.

Old World, New Names: Old Strips, New Looks (Table of Contents)

text article / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
Rick Marschall
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Editorial about editor's impressions from European comic festival (16th Annual Salon of Comics, Illustration and Animation), and their devotion to reprinting old comic strips, American and European.

Sam's Strip Returns! (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Rick Marschall; Mort Walker; Jerry Dumas
Pencils:
Mort Walker; Jerry Dumas
Inks:
Mort Walker; Jerry Dumas
Letters:
typeset; Mort Walker; Jerry Dumas

Synopsis:
Introducing reprints of 1960's newpaper strip Sam's Strip, which was to be a regular feature in Nemo. Includes Sam's Strip from May 3, 1962.

["Sign that, will you, Ignatz?"] (Table of Contents)

Sam's Strip / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Mort Walker; Jerry Dumas
Pencils:
Mort Walker; Jerry Dumas
Inks:
Mort Walker; Jerry Dumas
Letters:
Mort Walker; Jerry Dumas

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Sam
Synopsis:
Sam interacted with comic strip characters and settings from throughout the history of American comic strips. It appealed to comic strip aficianados, which was not enough readers to keep the strip alive.
Reprints:
  • from Sam's Strip (syndicated) 1961.10.30 - 1963.01.23 (a selection of 17 strips from that range)

Indexer Notes

Guest characters include Krazy Kat, Ignatz Mouse, Blondie, The Little King, Happy Hooligan, Popeye, Snuffy Smith, Henry, Kayo Mullins, the Yellow Kid and others. One strip is set in Krazy Kats's Coconino County.

Dwig, a Pen-and-Ink Poet (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jay Rath
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Biography of Clare Victor Dwiggins and introduction to the following section, Bill's Diary.

["Saturday: The leaves are coloring swell this year ... pressed some in the Bible"] (Table of Contents)

Bill's Diary / cartoon / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Clare Victor Dwiggins
Pencils:
Clare Victor Dwiggins
Inks:
Clare Victor Dwiggins
Letters:
Clare Victor Dwiggins

Genre:
children
Characters:
Bill; Ruff; Pip Gint; J. Filliken Wilburfloss; Old Pete the handyman
Synopsis:
Single panel vignettes of a boy's life in the country.
Reprints:
  • from Bill's Diary (Los Angeles Times) 1938

Indexer Notes

Some panels use dotted-line birds-eye view narrative of Bill's activities for the day; a technique often used, decades later, in the popular Family Circus panel.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Ad for The Cartoon Carnival, a seller of original art and animation cels.

The Comic Obsessions of James Montgomery Flagg (Table of Contents)

text article / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script:
Rick Marschall
Pencils:
James Montgomery Flagg
Inks:
James Montgomery Flagg
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Describes Flagg's general disdain of comic strips, and Flagg's early comic strip Nervy Nat.

Meeting James Montgomery Flagg (Table of Contents)

text article / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Morris Weiss
Pencils:
James Montgomery Flagg
Inks:
James Montgomery Flagg
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Weiss discusses his acquaintance with Flagg. Iluustrated with pen-and-ink portrait of Weiss by Flagg.

The Advantage of a College Education (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
James Montgomery Flagg
Pencils:
James Montgomery Flagg
Inks:
James Montgomery Flagg
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Comic strip where farmer tells his college student son to catch a pig.
Reprints:
  • from Judge magazine 1905

A Tramp Around the Flagg Pole. (Table of Contents)

Nervy Nat / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
James Montgomery Flagg
Pencils:
James Montgomery Flagg
Inks:
James Montgomery Flagg
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Nervy Nat
Synopsis:
Reprints from weekly humor magazine Judge.
Nat is a W.C. Fields type of tramp, with a florid vocabulary.
Reprints:
  • from Nervy Nat (Judge magazine) 1903-1907

Indexer Notes

Title taken from Table of Contents. Each strip is given its own title. Reprinted strips are not dated.
James Montgomery Flagg's most well known work is the World War I Uncle Sam poster "I Want YOU for U.S. Army".

Penman of the Past (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Rick Marschall
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
On the life and work of Charles Dana Gibson

America's Most Influential Cartoonist (Table of Contents)

illustration / 19 pages (report information)

Script:
Charles Dana Gibson
Pencils:
Charles Dana Gibson
Inks:
Charles Dana Gibson
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Reprints of Gibson's pen and ink drawings, with many examples of the "Gibson Girl". Most of them have a brief caption.

Indexer Notes

Includes his well-known illustration "Women: The Eternal Question", a portrait of the famous Evelyn Nesbit (1905).
Most, perhaps all, of these are from Life and Collier's magazines in the period c1900-1920.
No sources or dates listed.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Rube Goldberg; Bill Holman
Inks:
Rube Goldberg; Bill Holman
Letters:
typeset; Rube Goldberg; Bill Holman

Synopsis:
Ad for NEMO Annual #1, with examples from Rube Goldberg and Bill Holman strips.

The Force was With Him (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Rick Marschall
Pencils:
George Frink; ?
Inks:
George Frink; ?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
On the history of the Circus Solly and Slim Jim comic strips.

Indexer Notes

With illustrations, at least one by original Slim Jim artist George Frink; others possibly by him or by his successors.

Circus Solly Abroad (Table of Contents)

Circus Solly / comic story / 2.5 pages (report information)

Script:
George Frink
Pencils:
George Frink
Inks:
George Frink
Letters:
George Frink

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Circus Solly
Synopsis:
Strips of an acrobatic vagabond being pursued by police.
Reprints:
  • from Circus Solly (Chicago Daily News syndicate offering) 1904.05.21 - 1910?

Indexer Notes

Circus Solly ran from 1904 to 1910. It evolved into the Slim Jim strip when George Frink changed employers.

["How nice! I can help Mama now with my new little sweeper"] (Table of Contents)

Rosy Posy, Mama's Girl / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
George Frink
Pencils:
George Frink
Inks:
George Frink
Letters:
George Frink

Genre:
humor; domestic
Characters:
Rosy; Rosy's mama; Frank, Rosy's papa
Reprints:
  • from Rosy Posy, Mama's Girl (World Color Printing Service) 1906.12.01

Indexer Notes

This strip was created by George Herriman as Rosy's Mama.

No Slim-Jim, No Turkey! For the Grassville Police! (Table of Contents)

Slim Jim / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
George Frink
Pencils:
George Frink
Inks:
George Frink
Letters:
George Frink

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Slim Jim; Grassville Police
Synopsis:
B&W reprints from full-page Saturday and Sunday comics.
Slim Jim is a skinny vagabond always pursued by three members of the Grassville Police force.
Reprints:
  • from Slim Jim (World Color Printing Service) 1910.11.19 - 1915.12.12

Indexer Notes

Title listed is that of the first strip.

Put the Tramps to Work - on "Eatin's" (Table of Contents)

Brown the City Farmer / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Raymond Crawford Ewer
Pencils:
Raymond Crawford Ewer
Inks:
Raymond Crawford Ewer
Letters:
Raymond Crawford Ewer

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
b&w reprint of full-page Sunday strip.
Reprints:
  • from Brown the City Farmer (Wichita Eagle) 1910.07.03

Oh You Hollanders! Look Out for Slim Jim! (Table of Contents)

Slim Jim / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Raymond Crawford Ewer
Pencils:
Raymond Crawford Ewer
Inks:
Raymond Crawford Ewer
Letters:
Raymond Crawford Ewer

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Slim Jim; Grassville Police
Synopsis:
B&W reprints of full-page Sunday strips.
Reprints:
  • from Slim Jim (World Color Printing Service) 1911.10.15 - 1915.03.14

Indexer Notes

Title is of the first reprinted strip.
Many strips feature large, elaborate, center panels

Who's All Right? Slim Jim! (Table of Contents)

Slim Jim and the Force / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Stanley Armstrong
Pencils:
Stanley Armstrong
Inks:
Stanley Armstrong
Letters:
Stanley Armstrong

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Slim Jim; Grassville Police
Synopsis:
B&W reprints of full-page Sunday strips.
Slim Jim always foils pursuit by Grassville Police force.
Reprints:
  • from Slim Jim and the Force (World Color Printing Service) 1915.06.06 - 1929.02.24

Indexer Notes

Title is of the first reprinted strip.
At some point between 1915 and 1929 feature name changed from Slim Jim to Slim Jim and the Force (Grassville Police force).
Armstrong was the regular artist from 1916 to the strip's end in 1937.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (photo)
Inks:
? (photo)
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Ad for Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #15

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Back cover ad for NEMO magazines and reprint collections.