Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Number 1593: Supermouse’s Euro-look

Supermouse is American, but in artist Milt Stein’s drawings he lives in what looks like a European town of another era. Castle towers pop up in backgrounds, doorways are arched, streets are cobblestones. It gives a fairy tale look to the funny stories.

In writing to me about Stein years ago artist Jim Engel referred to him as “the Supermouse artist.” I don’t disagree. As talented as other artists who drew the character might have been (and there were some excellent artists, including Al Hubbard, Jack Bradbury and Gene Fawcette) in my opinion no one had Stein’s flair with the character. Some of it had to do with his training as an animator, but some of it had to do with the ambiance he provided the strip in his backgrounds and locales.

From Supermouse #1 (1948):


A couple of other postings I like featuring Supermouse. Just click on the thumbnails.

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