Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Beyond Jagged Peaks Lies the Land of Baako

Newspaper comic pages were still going strong in the 1930s, as demonstrated here. Can you imagine? Dr. Seuss himself sending his colorful nonsense right into your living room every Sunday (at least for awhile), along with a score of other amazing comic delights.

Dr. Seuss — Hejji — April 7, 1935 (1st appearance)

Dr. Seuss —Hejji — 1935

Above, only a LITTLE phallic . . .

7 comments:

Matt said...

Glorious time for illustration - in the newspapers and magazines of the day.

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

GLORIOUS!

It could be that way again! The talent is out there.

Matt said...

Probably not in newspapers or magazines - but on the internet, perhaps.

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Y'know Matt, I'm gonna go out on a limb here to predict that at least books, after diving to near extinction, will have a renaissance—producing fewer but with higher quality graphics, rather than the glut of mediocre books today.

Matt said...

I think you might be right - at least I certainly hope so. Beauty always has an audience - and at least with blogs like yours just about anybody can have access to all of these great artists.

Jeff Overturf said...

I'd love to see more "Hajji" if you have some. I know it was very short-lived, but Seuss gave it his all from the pieces I've seen.

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Dem's all I have Unca Jeffy.

I'da thought there'd be a compilation by now from Fantagraphics or Craig Yoe or Dover or such. Some years ago Dover put out a large, but slim, softback volume of Little Nemo in full color. Hopefully someone will come up with something like that for Hejji.