Showing posts with label advertisements. Show all posts
Showing posts with label advertisements. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Pennsylvania Turnpike superheroes?


I was on the Pennsylvania Turnpike last weekend, and stopped in the (going west) rest stop outside of Breezewood. There's a nice exhibit on PA Turnpike tchockes which includes this Turnpike Man cup and inaction figure, which I believe has artwork by the late Paul Ryan, a longtime Fantastic Four and Phantom artist. Can anyone confirm that?




Anyone want to sell me a cup? I just bought the inaction figure on ebay, where 8 of them are being sold as cake toppers.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Splash Mob Comic - a local plumbing cartoon ad

This came across the screen yesterday:

CroppMetcalfe, local D.C. home improvement company, recently created the comic, "Splash Mob" to illustrate what can happen if a homeowner ignores the telling signs of a plumbing problem in their home.
I love the idea of cartoon ads. They've got a very long history especially in the Sunday comics section. Some are much better than others of course - the New Yorker in particular is letting cartoons be repurposed as ads within its pages (or else the NY'r cartoonists are creating new cartoons as ads).

I wrote back to CroppMetcalfe's representative with a few questions, and here's her answers:

CroppMetcalfe, a local D.C. home services company, came up with idea to create a comic strip. Luckyanson Prak, an illustrator and animator located in Buffalo, NY, worked on the comic. We have one more comic strip titled "A Hard Day's Bite" that will be go live in the near future. You will find both comics on CroppMetcalfe's Blog. 

Updated Sept 14 2017 with two more links:

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cartoonist ads in World War II's Look Magazine (Updated)

Yesterday we published some articles on cartoonists from World War II-era Look Magazine. Here's some advertising from the same issues. I can't identify the cartoonist for Aunt Jemima (although the style appears to be lifted from Jimmy Hatlo's They'll Do It Every Time strip) or the Briggs tobacco ads which are signed "F". They're not by Clare Briggs because he was already dead.

Updated 11/23/2017: The Aunt Jemima artist was Dudley Fisher, who did a regularly syndicated single-panel cartoon, “Right Around Home,” featuring multi-generational family members and neighbors in multiple brief conversational exchange against a usually large outdoor (say, neighborhood) setting. Speakers were usually paired; even a dog and cat, or two birds might be interlocutors. —Arthur Vergara

Not Jimmy Hatlo? 12/15/1942

Not Jimmy Hatlo? 4/6/1943

Paul Webb, drawing hillbillies, 4/6/1943

Keith Ward, 2/23/1943. Was Ward only an advertising cartoonist?

R. Taylor, 2/23/1943

Otto Soglow, 2/23/1943

Rube Goldberg, 4/6/1943

Rube Goldberg, 2/23/1943

Richard Decker, 2/23/1943

Richard Decker, 12/15/1942

Briggs tobacco, but not by Clare Briggs, 4/6/1943
Briggs tobacco, but not by Clare Briggs, 2/23/1943

Review of William Steig's book, 2/23/1943

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Andertoons in today's Post

Mark Anderson's Andertoons provided the cartoon illustration for Better Medicare Alliance's advertisement on page A7 of the Washington Post today.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

Bus stop ads continued - The Wolverine

Matt caught one of The Wolverine movie ad posters in a Fairfax bus stop a few days ago. Here's some more.




Monday, June 17, 2013

Superman posters in Crystal City

Tom Spurgeon caught an article in Mother Jones about the use of the Man of Steel Superman movie in National Guard recruitment ads. I should have done something earlier, because I saw one of these posters in Crystal City over a week ago.

Man of Steel - National Guard ad 1

Honestly, the themes don't seem to match up.

Man of Steel - National Guard ad

Friday, May 03, 2013

1976 Dental Health campaign

In 1976, the American Dental Association sponsored a National Children's Dental Health Week. This advertisement shows a cartoon done by animation shop Rick Reinert Productions and is from U.S. Navy Medicine (February 1976).

Friday, February 15, 2013

Life Without Fossil Fuels cartoon ad in today's Washington Post

For the record, it's on page A5. Does anyone know who's drawing these?

Life without Fossil Fuels WashPost 130215

Give me some old school PSAs

PSA's (aka Public Service Announcements) still exist, but are probably not as noticable to most in our media saturated environment.  As you might expect, cartoonists and cartoon characters are often a part of them. Of course, they also serve as an advertisement for the cartoon itself. Here's a current one that I walked past for a couple of months (excuse the cell phone quality):

Bambi Disney prevent forest fires poster

This Blondie panel from 1970 was in a newspaper in the National Museum of Health and Medicine:


These comics of the Pink Panther, Blondie, Beetle Bailey, and Mutt & Jeff all come from Navy medical newspapers or newsletters.

13-0032-004 Pink Panther NRMC Orlando 197907

13-0032-005 Pink Panther NRMC Orlando 197908

13-0032-003 Blondie NNMC News 197112

13-0032-001 Beetle Bailey NNMC News 197102

13-0032-002 Mutt and Jeff by Al Smith NNMC News 197111

Speaking of Mutt and Jeff, cartoonist Al Smith drew it for about 50 years. Here he is entertaining patients at a 1971 visit to Bethesda's National Naval Medical Center.

13-0031 Al Smith

Caricaturist Jack Rosen visited Naval Hospital Orlando in 1979.

13-0032-006 Caricaturist Jack Rosen NRMC Orlando 197911

Of course, sometimes an ad is just an ad. This US Postal Service Mover's Guide Official Change of Address Kit, January 2013, has a Disney advertisement, and is available right now from your local post office.

Disney USPS moving envelope

These are minor footnotes in a larger history of comics, but hopefully enterained you briefly.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Bambi wants YOU

Bambi Disney prevent forest fires poster

Disney's Bambi "Protect Our Forest Friends" by preventing wildfire poster, in Skyline, Falls Church, VA.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

PR: Fantagraphics Bookstore Welcomes Warren Bernard and Tom Neely this Saturday!

F.B.I. Informant

Drawing Power flyer

Join us on Saturday, September 24 at 6:00 PM for an eclectic evening of comix entertainment. Comic strip historian and curator Warren Bernard (from the other Washington) will discuss his new book and companion exhibition Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising. His slide talk will be followed by an art reception and book signing.

Also appearing is iconoclastic Los Angeles artist Tom Neely presenting his new self-published "painted novel" The Wolf. Tom's provocative work seamlessly combines elements of fine art, narrative comix, and pop culture. He'll present a short video piece followed by a book signing.

Hope to see you all soon and often at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown art colony.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Aug 25: Warren Bernard on comics ads at Politics and Prose

I'll be there.

Warren Bernard - Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising
Aug 25 2011 7:00 pm

The comic strip has its roots in advertising as well as in art. In the first book-length study of these dual sources, Rick Marschall, founder of Nemo: The Classic Comics Library, and Warren Bernard, a prolific commentator on and extensive collector of cartoons as well as the Executive Director of Small Press Expo, look at work from the 1870s to 1940, documenting how popular cartoon characters like the Yellow Kid, Little Orphan Annie, and Popeye have figured in advertising campaigns, and how their creators were highly sought-after pitchmen, selling products alongside the best movie stars in Hollywood. As part of his presentation, Bernard will have on-hand select original ads and other advertisting items from the era.

In anticipation of Small Press Expo (SPX) 2011 - being held September 10-11 in Bethesda, MD - a complimentary one-day pass to the show will be available with the purchase of Drawing Power at Politics and Prose on the night of the event. More information about SPX 2011 at

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A couple of comics ads

My buddy Warren Bernard will be signing his book on comic artists and advertising later this month at Politics and Prose. Here's a couple by noted cartoonists Ed Nofziger and William Steig I found today that he may or may not have in the book - happy hunting!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

1934 Saturday Evening Post cartoon ads or illustrations

I had three decomposing issues of the Saturday Evening Post from 1934, so I've photographed the cartoon advertisements or illustrations in them and put them on my Flickr site (click through the link because they're not all posted here).

Among others are William Steig:
100_0768 Steig closeup SEP341013

Fontaine Fox:
100_0770 Fontaine Fox SEP340901

The now forgotten Wyncie King (who, for a Washington connection, has some papers in the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art):
100_0782 Wyncie King SEP341013 pt3

Ripley's Believe It or Not:
100_0771 Ripleys SEP340901

...and other including Tony Sarg, Raeburn Van Buren and Herbert Johnson (and doesn't this cartoon still apply?)

100_0774 Herbert Johnson SEP340616