Great Golf Gags from Classic Cartoonists

For twentieth century cartoonists, while art may have been their calling, golf was almost always their obsession. Much of the time spent away from the drawing board was spent on the links, with all the frustrations and quirky habits that come from trying to get a tiny ball into a distant hole. Little wonder that so many combined their vocation and their avocation, drawing cartoons that found the funny side of the game and the people who play it.
About Comics has just released a new book collecting golf cartoons from some of the most respected names in cartooning. Great Golf Gags by Classic Cartoonists includes cartoons by six top names of the newspaper and magazine cartooning world: “Peanuts” creator Charles M. Schulz, Playboy cartoonist Eldon Dedini, Dennis the Menace creator Hank Ketcham, “Two Little Nuns” and “Golf Fore Fun” cartoonist Bill O’Malley, “Big George” creator Virgil Partch, and Gus Arriola, creator of “Gordo.” Most of these cartoons are available nowhere else, often not having seen print in half a century.
“Most of these cartoons were created to celebrate the annual Pro-Am charity golf tournament that Bing Crosby used to host,” explains Nat Gertler, editor of the volume. “The tournament was very cartoonist-friendly, with various cartoonists being included in the lineup of celebrity amateur players. Starting before the launch of ‘Dennis the Menace; and going on for years after, Hank Ketcham handled the design and coordination of the tournament’s souvenir program. So it’s really not a surprise that the programs began including a fair number of cartoons… a tradition launched while Ketcham was handling the program in the 1950s and continued well into the 1980s.”
Golf tournament programs are not the only source for the cartoons. In additions to the cartoons that Schulz created for the Crosby “clambake” (as it was less formally known), there are also dozens of golfing cartoons that he did for “It’s Only a Game”, a feature that ran in newspapers in the late 1950s.
Eldon Dedini brings both his line-art cartooning and the lusher style he used in Playboy into the golf game. While the focus is on the golfers, the nymphs and fawns of his Playboy work are not entirely absent. The book’s wrap-around color cover is itself another Dedini work. Virgil Partch’s cartoons bring the same sense of awkwardness and absurdity that made his series “Big George” so popular. (Partch was such a dedicated cartoonist that, when he died, there were still six years worth of his daily panel ready to be run.)
As for Gus Arriola, Gertler notes “a lot of readers aren’t going to be familiar with Gus’s work. While his strip ‘Gordo’ was around for more than four decades, the last strip was in 1985 and it hasn’t been reprinted in a long while. But Gus was a cartoonist’s cartoonist – talk to folks who have been in the cartooning business for a while, and they’ll talk about his beautiful linework and his lovable characters. There’s only about half a dozen cartoons of his in the book, but I think people will like getting a taste of his work.”

List Price: $9.99
5.25″ x 8″ (13.335 x 20.32 cm) 
Black & White on White paper
104 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404735
ISBN-10: 1936404737
BISAC: Humor / Topic / Sports

 

The Negro Travelers’ Green Book: 1954 Facsimile Edition

In the segregated US of the mid-twentieth century, African-American travelers could have a hard time finding towns where they were legally allowed to stay at night and hotels, restaurants, and service stations willing to serve them. In 1936, Victor Hugo Green published the first annual volume of The Negro Motorist Green Book, later renamed The Negro Travelers’ Green Book. This facsimile of the 1954 edition brings you all the listings, travelogues, and advertisements aimed at the Black travelers trying to find their way across a country where they were so rarely welcome.
List Price: $8.99
5″ x 6.5″ (12.7 x 16.51 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
88 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404667
ISBN-10: 1936404664
BISAC: History / United States / 20th Century

Bridge Mix: the Bridge cartoons of Charles M. Schulz

by Charles M. Schulz with Jim Sasseville

bridgemixFrom the mind of Charles M. Schulz, the world’s most beloved cartoonist, comes these funny looks at the game of Bridge. The game, the culture, and the very human foibles of those who play it all come under his masterful attention.

List Price: $8.99
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
64 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404254
ISBN-10: 1936404257
BISAC: Games / Card Games / Bridge
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Small World

smallworldby Sam Brier

Is this oddball 1950s comic strip about little kids pretending to be grown up, or is it about grown ups who look like little kids? That’s for you to decide! Back in print for the first time in half a century, it’s Sam Brier’s “Small World”!

List Price: $7.99
6″ x 6″ (15.24 x 15.24 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
128 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1477477717
ISBN-10: 1477477713
BISAC: Comics & Graphic Novels / General
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It’s Only a Game – Color Edition

it's only a game color editionby Charles M. Schulz with Jim Sasseville

In the late 1950s, amidst the surging popularity of Peanuts and during a strongly creative period, Charles M. Schulz created his only other syndicated newspaper comic. It’s Only a Game focused on the fun and foibles of people and their pastimes. Schulz targets those who play bridge and those who bowl, little leaguers and horse track regulars, those who rush across the gridiron and those who hunch over the chessboard. This full-color collection offers up the series in its full Sunday format. Commentary and insight are provided by artist and cartoonist Jim Sasseville, who worked with Schulz on the feature.

To facilitate the best display of the art, this book is in a special format: the pages flip up like a calendar, rather than to the left like a regular book. For those readers used to the Sunday newspaper funnies, this makes for a familiar and comfortable reading experience.

List Price: $17.99
8.5″ x 11″ (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Full Color on White paper
64 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1490927541
ISBN-10: 1490927549
BISAC: Comics & Graphic Novels / General

 

The Most Adjective Romance Comics Ever!

The Most Adjective Romance Comics Ever coverconceived by Nat Gertler

The Most ADJECTIVE Romance Comics Ever is a great new creative comical comics game! By adding words (an ADJECTIVE here, a NOUN there, perhaps a BODY PART) to the dialog of a classic comic book romance story you haven’t seen, you create some of the wackiest comics ever. Each one-to-three page comic book story has plenty of these marked blanks for you to fill in.

PLAYING WITH FRIENDS: One player reads off the word type noted in each blank (“Okay, I need an adverb… now a number… now a movie star…”) and fills in the answers that the other players call out. In a few minutes, you have a completed story for all to share and enjoy!

PLAYING SOLO: In the back of the book, there’s a form sheet for each story with all of the word types listed. That way, you can choose your own words without seeing where they go, then copy them into the story to see the hilarious results!

(The form is also good for playing with someone else when you have to do so in a quiet environment. By passing the form to your friend to fill out, the other folks in the monastery won’t be disturbed… assuming you can suppress the giggles from reading the results.)

List Price: $6.99
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
64 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404384
ISBN-10: 1936404389
BISAC: Games / Word & Word Search

 

Classic Slams: Bridge Humor of the ’50s and ’60s

ClassicSlamsCover630x960From the golden era of the home bridge party comes this trio of classic books, now under one cover. Meant to be given away as either top prizes or booby prizes, these books entertained winners and losers alike!

Doubled and Vulnerable: The cartoons of Wesley Thompson illustrate the fun and foibles of getting together with the neighbors for a friendly little game.

Bridge Babies: Dorothy W. Wilson’s charming photos of tiny tykes showing the expressions of bridge players will win your heart.

Bridge Players’ Coloring Book: This example of the adult satirical coloring book craze of the early 1960s is aimed straight at the bridge player’s funnybone.

List Price: $9.99
5.25″ x 8″ (13.335 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White Bleed on White paper
148 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404605
ISBN-10: 1936404605
BISAC: Games / Card Games / Bridge
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