Here's a quick single-page comic filler by
Dan Gordon Irv Spector. (thanks to Bob Jaques for the correction!)
It's one of many one-pagers that appeared in ACG comics' The Kilroys in the 1940's and 1950's.
I've always loved single-page comic stories, but when I started writing and drawing them for Nickelodeon Magazine, I really had to go "back to the books" and study them.
There's a real science to it!
Here's the full-page scan below. Just give it a CLICK and a bigger version of the comic page will open in a new window.
I'm always amazed at how quickly the cartoonist can establish the setting and conflict. I mean, they HAVE to do it fast...there's not that much room to move. This example by
Dan Gordon Irv Spector is pretty typical.
In the first panel, he gives us the set-up. It's not just 100% on-the-nose,
The sun is melting, Algy is sweating and tugging at his collar in a fine display of cartoon-cliche. Just to amplify the feeling, he adds another guy in the background who's also sweatin' up a storm.
By panel #2 Algy has the solution to his problem and we're on our way. Notice the panting and sweating dog that reinforces the heat.
This is not "art," it's communication. In two panels we know who, what, where, when and why.
Pretty forgettable gag. But the drawings are nice, huh?
Anyway, I've got a few more one-pagers to post in the coming weeks, so we'll see what happens.
Stay tuned for a couple short-short comics featuring Cookie's pals Jitterbuck and "The Brain."