We are fortunate here at Rosebud to be able to tap into a true wealth of material for our upcoming Heinrich Kley projects. As I’ve noted elsewhere, the work of Kley’s that has received the most attention by far is his pen and ink work, which marks much of his color work that we will be collecting as the first time so many of these images have seen the light of day since they were first released around 100 years ago. Not only is there a great wealth of material but also the same material found in different editions. Take, for example, this image as it originally appeared in an issue of Jugend magazine, precisely 100 years ago:
Now take a look at this very same image from an artist’s portfolio published around the same time:
Quite a difference, right? Leaving the obvious color shifts aside, something evident only upon closer examination is that the reproduction from the portfolio captures nuances from the original painting in greater detail than the magazine reproduction. Not only does this afford us the opportunity to reproduce from the best source materials, but it also provides an essential comparison for the restoration of other pieces; to present them as accurately and as close to the artist’s intentions as possible.
- Jonathan Barli
Recently, a friend of mine purchased a home a few blocks away from where I live. As she was giving me the tour of her house, towards the end, I climbed up to the attic. I looked around at what obviously needed cleaning, and then saw what looked to be a very old newspaper. I leaned over and looked at the date: October 12, 1939. I asked her to save it for me since there might be comics in there! And waddaya know, there were! The paper was filthy, brittle and in rough shape overall, but the comics were salvageable… in the digital realm. No less than 17 comic strips and panel cartoons on a single day in 1939. Practically two full pages worth of comics in a daily newspaper.
Of course, the diamond in the rough for me was the Gluyas Williams cartoon:
I’ve often daydreamed of some such scenario: stumbling into a boarded-up shop, perhaps an attic or a garage sale, to find bound volumes of comics. While this find¬†is but a drop in the bucket it was a pleasure to find, even if it wasn’t worth¬†purchasing the house for…
- Jonathan Barli
Crockett Johnson, famed creator of children’s classics like Harold and the Purple Crayon and the comic strip Barnaby, also did some advertising work and, at times political cartoons. Here is one such cartoon, which I find remarkably subtle and poignant. It is, simultanesouly, quite simple and complex; truly a masterpiece of a comic strip.