Fontaine Fox’s Toonerville Trolley was a very popular panel cartoon in its day. It spawned movie serials, board games, toys and train enthusiasts who still represent a loyal following. Here are some images of the train station with the some of the characters of this very charming title:
Several years ago, an auction was posted on ebay for what looked like something of a theatrical poster, perhaps a film, of Happy Hooligan. I absolutely loved the image and watched the auction closely. It didn’t seem like it was of a cartoonist’s hand, and had a more realistic touch than Opper’s comic strips. For some reason, the auction was pulled before completion. I contacted the seller but never received a response, and have never seen the image again. I still have the auction image, which is a very distant second – better than nothing. One of the ones that got away…
- Jonathan Barli
There is something endearing about a comics scrapbook that lies beyond its function. The thought that someone would care enough about a title, sometimes¬†a theme, to snip it from a paper and paste it into the scrapbook day in and day out evokes a warm smile.
They come in all forms, shapes, and sizes. Occasionally, you’ll find them pasted in an actual¬†book, over the text:
Sometimes these careful souls went to great lengths in their preservation of these titles:
The layouts generally take on a straight-forward approach…
… but sometimes you’ll encounter some rather clever methods to maximize space:
Out Our Way, by J.R. Williams was, by far, the most collected title, perhaps for obvious reasons. I have at least a dozen such books myself.
Scrapbooks can sometimes fill holes in a collection, sometimes collect work that otherwise would be hard to come by, but always show care and attention beyond the pages of the work they collect. I grew even fonder of them after my failed attempt to collect Maakies back during my school days. These nameless heroes of archiving – the¬†founding mothers and fathers¬†of reprint – ¬†have served history, and our collective efforts, to a greater extent than they perhaps could have ever¬†intended, when all they may have wanted was simply to read their favorite comics again… like we all do, after all.
- Jonathan Barli