Sunday, January 23, 2011

Number 883

Comics march on!

March Of Comics* was the title of a series of Dell giveaway comics which ran for 488 issues. This is MOC #36, which reprints a Felix the Cat Sunday funnies continuity. It was a full-size comic with half the number of pages of regular newsstand comic books. According to the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide it was 1949 when this issue was published, not 1934, like it says in the indicia. That was the year the story was originally published in newspapers.

Last September in Pappy's #809 I showed a story from Felix the Cat comics #1, 1948. If you look at both stories you'll see some differences in the art. I believe Otto Messmer was drawing the earlier comic strips as he did the later comic books, but had different assistants at the earlier date.

*In the interest of accuracy, the indicia says the title is officially Boys' and Girls' March of Comics.

1 comment:

Michael Wurl said...

This is awesome!
I'm in love with this art style...Messmer's art in retrospect looks like a cross between Herriman's Krazy Kat and early Disney/Fleischer/Looney tunes.
Simple yet solid. Just enough weight to the lines.
Very Cool! Pappy's blog is the BEST COMIC BLOG ever!