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Phineas the Parrot - Simplicity that Inspires!

cartoon parrot plays horn violin drum marching band Happy Comics
...y'know...for such a simple little gag page, there's a LOT of great posing and staging here. And the draftsmanship and inking are first-rate! Look at the clear silhouettes, check out the strong lines of action (even when there's not much going on -- as in the second panel).  Look at the simplicity and economy and readability of the prop designs...the telephone and all the musical instruments. Beautiful!

Check out the depth of staging in panel two, and the way the character is perfectly placed to make him pop out. Look at that great crowd in the last panel...just enough to read "crowd" and "enthusiasm" but not enough to distract from the "gag." This is professionalism a love for the craft of cartooning. This cartoonist was laboring in a disposable medium, in total anonymity, and surely not making very much money. But he poured all his heart and talent into this little throwaway, not-very-funny filler page. That inspires me.

Phineas the Parrot one-page filler
from Happy Comics #34 July 1943
Happy Comics  JVJ OE #32 - Page 1

5 comments:

rogue evolent said...

Totally cool. I love that Phineas! Other than Sanford the Parrot (friend of Twinkles the Elephant) I can't think of too many parrot funny animal stars or co-stars. Hmmm?
Thanks for sharing Sherm.

Sherm said...

Hi Rogue -- it's my pleasure to rescue these oddball little pages from the sands of obscurity ^_^ Thanks for coming by and saying hello!

ComiCrazys said...

Luscious! It definitely inspires me, too. Yet, simplicity is always mistaken as easy. You have to know what should be there in order to know what to leave out.

dnavas said...

Love it!
The characters are super expressive.
The good things look simple and easy.

Mufasa said...

Who drew this one, i'm wondering, it looks like an artist formerly of Schlesinger Studios (this artist was maybe under that of director Chuck Jones)