Showing posts with label PatPatsyAndPete. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PatPatsyAndPete. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Oh Boy! Another One!

Some readers of this blog are jes' fine fans of all things Pogo. Some are fanatical fans of ALL things Kelly. I'm one of the latter — and if you are too, then you probably like to see the evolution of his art style, even back to the days of Kelly's general comic book work, emanating from his time at the Disney Studio.

His work on the Fairy Tale Parade series gave Walt Kelly a chance to broaden his own developing style, but his journeyman work for Dell Comics had him straddling house styles for several different features.

For Walt Disney's features he had to work within the constraints of the studio style. For Leon Schlesinger's Warner Brothers features he worked within a different set of studio style constraints. But even with those boundaries, Kelly's style was still recognizable, as here in Pat Patsy and Pete, from the June 1943 issue of Looney Tunes.

These scans were sent over by our great friend OtherEric of the Digital Comic Museum, and were touched up a bit by me. It's only two pages, but anything is a treasure for us fanatical fans of Kelly.

I pulled up the cover of this particular outing for us to enjoy, and noticed that portions of the art are reminiscent of Kelly's style as well, especially the left side border with lattice work, which Kelly utilized throughout his comic book work — but also the character portraits and the general approach to inking. I know a lot of 'funny animal' inking utilized the thick/thin brush strokes that give punch to the drawing, but I can't help but wonder if Kelly pitched in to do thankless uncredited chores throughout the Dell line.

Looney Tunes — June, 1943

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Looney Tune

Walt Kelly certainly paid his dues as a comic book man, creating stories for the middle of many a book, early in his career.

For instance, he created half a dozen stories of Pat, Patsy and Pete for some early Looney Tunes Comics—obscure material and fairly rare to come by. But our blog compatriot OtherEric DID come by one and generously shares his scans with us here.

Kelly's style is quite recognizable, even early on, with his kids cute as ever. His bear bears a resemblance to Carl Bark's bears from this period, but how many different ways can you draw cartoon bears anyway?

It's all part of the Whirled of Kelly, from Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies #24, October 1943: