Ginny Mahoney (Seymour Kneitel’s daughter, and Max Fleischer’s granddaughter) wrote to tell me that the Fleischer Studios website has been updated to include a remarkable Christmas collection. Photos, greeting cards, home movies, and press clippings from the most important New York studio are just a click away.
While cleaning my living space, I uncovered another stack of Famous Studios model sheets from Will Friedwald that I didn’t scan the first time around. IDs and notes follow each model.
The Wee Men (1947)
Clown on the Farm (1952). Drawn by Dave Tendlar. An earlier, slightly different version of this model sheet from 1949 appears in Dark House’s Harvey Comics Classics Library Volume 4: Baby Huey, reflecting the earlier bucktoothed version of the Fox.
I reviewed Funnybooks, Michael Barrier’s important new book on the history of Dell Comics for the Comics Journal. You can read my review and comment at this link. I haven’t seen the printed book myself yet (I read the manuscript back in January), but I hope to soon. Amazon and University of California Press have been rather awkward in fulfilling orders since the initial November 28 publication date, although I’ve been notified that it should begin shipping December 16.
Just to put these somewhere and add some solid cartooning to the Internet (it’s not in abundance), here is a slew of model sheets from Famous Studios, ranging from 1943 to 1957. All of these are courtesy of Will Friedwald. Some of these are copies from the collection of Frank Endres, one of animation’s good guys and a mainstay of Fleischer and Famous from the ’30s to the end of the ’50s. A red marking of “FE” was added to the models and to be respectful, I’ve left them intact wherever possible.
These are presented in rough chronological order. Take note of some of the dates and the gap between the cartoon’s production and the actual release date, which could be as long as three years!