Web Extras: Hogan’s Alley #19
Even with as much as we packed into Hogan’s
UPA’s “Dick Tracy” Television Cartoon
If you’ve read Hogan’s Alley #19, you saw Jim Korkis’ article about the numerous (and largely ill-fated) attempts to adapt Dick Tracy to television animation. Accompanying that article were illustrations from UPA’s Tracy series. Animation veteran Robert Alvarez (currently animation director for Cartoon Network’s Regular Show) supplied us with the UPA art, and we are privileged to present more of it here. We also wanted to let Robert explain in his own words how he came into possession of such a special set of animation artifacts:
“I have been working in television animation now for the past 45 years. My journey into this industry began when I was in the seventh grade. My interest in comic books and cartoon began at very early age. It was in the seventh grade that I met my friend of many years Tim Walker. Tim and I would ride our bikes after school to studios like Hanna-Barbera, Format Films, and of course UPA. Our first destination was always the trash cans. We would dig through the cigarette butts and coffee grinds looking for any treasure. Hanna-Barbera usually threw out animation cels on a regular basis. UPA usually only threw out paper drawings or copies of production artwork.
“During those many bike trips to UPA I came across model sheets and layouts from the Magoo TV series. On several occasions I found model sheet, layouts and some storyboards from the Dick Tracy series. This was great for me, because I was already a fan of the Dick Tracy comic strip.
“Over the course of my teenage years, Tim and I returned to UPA many times. We usually came away with something for our efforts. The last time I went by the studio was in the early 1980s. The studio was going to be demolished because Roy Disney Jr. had purchased the property and wanted to tear down the studio and build his own office building. It was a sad time seeing a part of my youth being taken away by the wrecking ball. My friend Tim drove by one morning on his way into work and pulled up the parking lot sign from the studio. He quickly threw into his car and drove off with a piece of animation history, which he still has to this day.
“Sometimes I wish Tim and I were kids again just so we could go on one of those adventures just one more time.”
Post-Code Horror Comics
Dave Blanchard took Hogan’s Alley #19 readers on an epic tour of the post-Comics Code landscape of horror comic books. And although the Code eliminated much of the excess that had characterized horror comics at their scandalous peak, many creators nevertheless worked within the restrictions to create tales that were effective, if less explicit in their presentation. Here are a few complete stories from the Silver Age post-Code era that Blanchard examined:
Gene Packwood, The Accidental Cartoonist
Allan Holtz introduced readers to Gene Packwood, who is surely among the oldest working cartoonists. His career began in Korea, when he was in the service, and continues to this day. We are privileged to present here a selection of his work from over the decades:
Whatever Happened to Robin Malone?
Dave Edwards took Hogan’s Alley #19 readers on a thrilling exploration of the life and (perhaps) death of the inimitable Robin Malone. And while his feature helped close the chapter on one of comics’ enduring questions, we felt that Bob Lubbers’ luscious Sunday Robin strips deserve to be shown in color. Enjoy!
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