Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Number 1162: Dan Gordon was a dang fine cartoonist

 Dan Gordon, who sometimes signed his name dang, was a talented animator and comic book artist who worked for ACG on their humor books. Cookie is a funny Archie-style teenage comic. Gordon's fluid drawings move the eye quickly across and down the page (a good example is page six of "Cookie's Oil Company," in a borderless sequence of Cookie sleepwalking). To show his technical drawing ability, page four features a large bird's-eye view perspective drawing.

You can find some more examples of Dan Gordon's work in Pappy's #796 (with a short bio of Gordon, and a story of Cookie in drag), and a Superkatt funny animal story in Pappy's #506.

Cookie's Pop is a great example of how Gordon could draw anger. Poor Pop looks like he's about to have a stroke. Those of us pappies who raised teenage sons remember the feelings Pop goes through in this story. I also love Gordon's funny little bearded guy, Pete.

From Cookie #6 (1947):

The inside cover features a subsidiary character seen in a couple of panels in the above story:


Mykal Banta said...

As these pages and panels show, Gordon was one of the all time greats. Fabulous, fluid, and bursting with life. Hall of fame stuff. Great post, Pap!!

Pappy said...

I didn't even know who Gordon was before starting this blog six years ago. But I'm learning.

Mr. Cavin said...

I didn't know who he was until today. But good lord these are flipping marvelous. Thanks Pappy!

Pappy said...

Mr. Cavin, you are most welcome.