(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

Reprints:
  • Reprint from cover of Life magazine, January 2, 1913

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advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[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, title page / 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.

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advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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".

America's Most Influential Cartoonist (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Charles Dana Gibson
Inks:
Charles Dana Gibson

Synopsis:
Well-dressed, jovial, older woman and man in conversation.
Reprints:
  • Reprint from Life magazine June 9, 1904.

Indexer Notes

The title is taken from the Table of Contents and refers to the 21 page Charles Dana Gibson article, not just this particular illustration. This illustration was reprinted with no caption or title. Original punchline is that the old man has changed - he used to be a wild youth, now he's an old reprobate.

Penman of the Past (Table of Contents)

text article / 2.35 pages (report information)

Script:
Rick Marschall
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
On the life and work of Charles Dana Gibson

In the Latin Quarter (Table of Contents)

illustration / 0.5 page (report information)

Pencils:
Charles Dana Gibson
Inks:
Charles Dana Gibson

Synopsis:
Parisian couple at a table with a glass
Reprints:
  • Reprint from Harper's Monthly, October 1894

Indexer Notes

The title of this illustration, used in other publications, is not shown in this reprint.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Charles Dana Gibson
Inks:
Charles Dana Gibson

Synopsis:
Young man and woman seated, with his arm around her waist.
Reprints:
  • Reprint from cover of Life magazine July 21, 1904

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

illustration / 0.25 page (report information)

Pencils:
Charles Dana Gibson
Inks:
Charles Dana Gibson

Synopsis:
Young woman, pierced in heart by Cupid's arrows.
Reprints:
  • Reprint from Life magazine February 8, 1900

Advice to the Mentally Feeble (Table of Contents)

illustration / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Young man whose talk is irritating a young lady. Caption is "Advice to the mentally feeble - keep the mouth closed".
Reprints:
  • Reprint from Life magazine December 18, 1913

["You don't know what it is to love"] (Table of Contents)

illustration / 0.25 page (report information)

Pencils:
Charles Dana Gibson
Inks:
Charles Dana Gibson

Synopsis:
Woman and unhappy man, seated in separate chairs.
Reprints:
  • Reprint from Life magazine November 14, 1901

Indexer Notes

Title taken from original magazine caption, which was not reprinted here.

[Mr. Caesar's father] (Table of Contents)

illustration / 0.15 page (report information)

Pencils:
Charles Dana Gibson
Inks:
Charles Dana Gibson

Synopsis:
Seated, well-dressed older man, holding a cane and a top hat.
Reprints:
  • Reprint from Scribner's Magazine February, 1895

Indexer Notes

Title from caption in original publication, which is not reprinted here.

Design for Wall Paper (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Set of about 20 beautiful female faces, arranged wallpaper style.
Reprints:
  • Reprint from Life magazine September 18, 1902

Indexer Notes

Full caption is "Design for Wall Paper - Suitable for a bachelor apartment"

The Weaker Sex (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Man playing bridge is distracted by lovely lady.
Reprints:
  • Copyrighted by Collier's Weekly Sep 15, 1903. Presumably published in last quarter of 1903.

The Last Guest (Table of Contents)

illustration / 2 pages (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Old couple at dinner table; all guests have left except Cupid.
Reprints:
  • Reprint from Life magazine April 11, 1895

The Eternal Question (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Portrait of a woman in profile; her hair shaped like a question mark.
Reprints:
  • Reprint from Collier's Weekly Apr 25, 1903

Indexer Notes

One of his most well-known illustrations. The famous Evelyn Nesbit was the model.

Their First Quarrel (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Young couple facing away from each other, pretending to read books which are upside-down.
Reprints:
  • Copyrighted by Collier's Weekly Nov 6, 1903. Presumably published in last quarter of 1903.

Of Course You Can Tell Fortunes with Cards (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Young man and woman. He is using playing cards to make an indirect marriage proposal.
Reprints:
  • Reprint from Life magazine May 10, 1900

Modern Celebrities (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
At a party, all the guests are intently listening to a conversation between a boy and a girl. The caption says the children are an author and a dramatist.
Reprints:
  • Reprint from Life magazine December 5, 1901

The Head of the House (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Little girl cutting bread and old man with a bowl.
Reprints:
  • Reprint from Collier's Weekly Jan 9, 1909

The Weaker Sex (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Young man head's spinning as he talks with ladies on each side of him.
Reprints:
  • Reprint from Collier's Weekly June 27, 1903

Indexer Notes

The first of a series of drawings titled The Weaker Sex.

["What makes you think she has one?"] (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Young lady, dejected young man, and Cupid using a stethoscope to determine whether the lady has a heart.
Reprints:
  • Reprint from Life magazine August 29, 1901

The Greatest Game in the World - His Move (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Young couple holding hands over a chess board.
Reprints:
  • Reprint from Collier's Weekly Feb 28, 1903

Two Strikes and the Bases Full (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Three excited baseball fans.
Reprints:
  • Reprint from Collier's Weekly May 7, 1904

Fanned Out (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
The sequel to "Two Strikes and the Bases Full". The same three fans, dejected.
Reprints:
  • Reprint from Collier's Weekly May 20, 1905

Indexer Notes

Since this was published more than a year after the first picture, Collier's printed a small copy of "Two Strikes and the Bases Full" to remind readers what the prior situation had been.

Who Cares? (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Young couple, sitting on a fence, holding each other during a heavy rain.
Reprints:
  • Reprint from Life magazine July 18, 1901

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

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.

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advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
  5. 4. Old World, New Names: Old Strips, New Looks
  6. 5. Sam's Strip Returns!
  7. 6. ["Sign that, will you, Ignatz?"]
    Sam's Strip
  8. 7. Dwig, a Pen-and-Ink Poet
  9. 8. ["Saturday: The leaves are coloring swell this year ... pressed some in the Bible"]
    Bill's Diary
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
  11. 10. The Comic Obsessions of James Montgomery Flagg
  12. 11. Meeting James Montgomery Flagg
  13. 12. The Advantage of a College Education
  14. 13. A Tramp Around the Flagg Pole.
    Nervy Nat
  15. 14. America's Most Influential Cartoonist
  16. 15. Penman of the Past
  17. 16. In the Latin Quarter
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
  20. 19. Advice to the Mentally Feeble
  21. 20. ["You don't know what it is to love"]
  22. 21. [Mr. Caesar's father]
  23. 22. Design for Wall Paper
  24. 23. The Weaker Sex
  25. 24. The Last Guest
  26. 25. The Eternal Question
  27. 26. Their First Quarrel
  28. 27. Of Course You Can Tell Fortunes with Cards
  29. 28. Modern Celebrities
  30. 29. The Head of the House
  31. 30. The Weaker Sex
  32. 31. ["What makes you think she has one?"]
  33. 32. The Greatest Game in the World - His Move
  34. 33. Two Strikes and the Bases Full
  35. 34. Fanned Out
  36. 35. Who Cares?
  37. 36. [no title indexed]
  38. 37. The Force was With Him
  39. 38. Circus Solly Abroad
    Circus Solly
  40. 39. ["How nice! I can help Mama now with my new little sweeper"]
    Rosy Posy, Mama's Girl
  41. 40. No Slim-Jim, No Turkey! For the Grassville Police!
    Slim Jim
  42. 41. Put the Tramps to Work - on "Eatin's"
    Brown the City Farmer
  43. 42. Oh You Hollanders! Look Out for Slim Jim!
    Slim Jim
  44. 43. Who's All Right? Slim Jim!
    Slim Jim and the Force
  45. 44. [no title indexed]
  46. 45. [no title indexed]
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