Friday, March 14, 2008

Number 274

Walt Kelly's Cave Kid

"Kandi The Cave Kid" is by Walt Kelly, and is a good example of his early comic book work. It appeared in Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Comics #5, from 1942. The racial characterizations are crude and unfortunate but the strip is a product of its times.

Kelly's artwork showed up a lot in the 1940s Dell Comics. In my opinion his best work was done for Fairy Tale Parade and Animal Comics. He worked fast. As always his animal characters, in this case the lion, are great.


Ger Apeldoorn said...

Thanks! This is the first I have seen of these!

Chuck Wells said...

The Kelly piece here is much appreciated, Pappy!

The ethnic stereotypes portrayed in this kind of feature has sadly limited its republication these days and that's too damn bad, because the humor, and the artwork itself warrants many repeat viewings.