Eddie Elephant – 1946 Hallucinogenic Funny Animal Comix by H. Chambers

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This story comes from Hi-Ho Comics #1 --- a 1946 comic published by Four Star Publications. It’s filled with 45 pages of insane tripped out comics
by H. Chambers.

So who is this
H. Chambers?
Milton Knight provides some tantalizing information about cartoonist H. Chambers:
“It's Holly Chambers! (Holly was his middle name; I think his first name began with an E.) My late friend, Howie Post, used to share a studio with him and had several vivid tales to tell: he described Chambers as a handsome, charismatic "psychotic" who could walk out with a bar stool and stare down the bartender with a "what are you going to do about it?"

Post also revealed that Chambers was a heroin addict who could shoot up and complete a comic book overnight: "Who needs women when you have this??"
As colorful as his comics, that was Holly Chambers. Howard lost track of him in the 50s, and suspected that he was "rubbed out" by his drug connections.”
Thanks to Milton Knight for that priceless and tantalizing info. It explains a lot – and raises about a million other questions that will probably never be answered.
More of these comics coming soon!


Gabriel said...

Awesome post and info!
Thanks so much!

Will Finn said...

Wow! That bio makes perfect sense--he looks like he's channelling the underground comix of the late 1960's, but in an incongruous venue! Thanks Sherm!

Mark said...

Whoooaah... Opium Toons!

Mykal said...

Holly cow do I have to track down some more stuff by this guy! Absolutely beautiful stuff.

Mykal said...

Sherm: I've done some scratching in my collection (I thought the name rang a bell). I think this is Ellis Holly Chambers, who often signed his work E.C. I have some stuff from him that I will be posting after the holidays. Check out this link at pappy's, which has a posting of Chambers' Cosmo Cat and a bit of bio about the artist by Martin Greim: Cosmo Cat!

Adam Blake said...

Is this the same guy who drew "Taffy"? It's in the same style , Ive only seen a cover of it, it's got a little imp wearing a cape smashing a tank