Web Extras: Hogan’s Alley #20

HA 20 Cover final-smalltnHogan’s Alley #20 featured our customary appreciation of cartooning, spanning material from the medium’s formative years to the present. Among other features in the issue, we have a long interview with Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell, a look at the origin and development of the Tracy Twins from Boys’ Life magazine, an examination of the production of 1977’s animated Hobbit TV special, an overview of (believe it or not) all of the copycats who rode Ripley’s coattails on his Believe It or Not! cartoon, and an epic interview with John Dirks, son of legendary Katzenjammer Kids creator Rudolph Dirks. But 144 pages aren’t enough to contain everything we wanted to show you! So once again, we humbly offer Web Extras, our supplement to the print edition. And if what you see below interests you in subscribing to Hogan’s Alley and receiving issue #20 immediately, we invite you to subscribe right here!

The Tracy Twins

Brian Walker chronicled the creation and evolution of Dik Browne’s “The Tracy Twins” in Hogan’s Alley #20. Here, we present a gallery of strips from the pages of its home, Boys’ Life magazine. (Boys’ Life didn’t carry “The Tracy Twins” in its September 1960, July 1961, August 1963 or February 1967 issue and began appearing sporadically by 1968.) All “Tracy Twins” strips are copyright the Boy Scouts of America.

Absorbing the Classics

Michael Jensen’s feature in Hogan’s Alley #20 examined the adaptation of some Shakespeare quotations to cocktail napkins. Here, we present the set of napkins in living color. Study them well–there will be a quiz!

The Katzenjammer Kids

Rick Marschall’s career-spanning interview in Hogan’s Alley #20 with John Dirks, the son of legendary Katzenjammer Kids creator Rudolph Dirks, presents a compelling portrait of one of cartooning’s seminal figures. Here, we present a gallery of Katzenjammer Kids strips (and The Captain and the Kids, when legal wranglings forced a title change), many—but not all, it should be noted—by Rudolph Dirks, the master himself. During the course of the seven decades represented here, you can observe the many changes in the Kids, which John Dirks discusses in his interview.

A Hobbit-Forming Cartoon

In his article chronicling the production of the 1977 TV broadcast of the animated Hobbit special, Russell Potter described the challenges in visually capturing the majesty of J.R.R. Tolkien’s prose. Here, we present examples of some artwork associated with the special.

Ripping Off Ripley

Allan Holtz presented an exhaustive, amusing and informative look at the crop of imitators that sprang up in the wake of the success of Robert Ripley’s phenomenally popular Believe It or Not cartoon. Here, we present a plethora of these fact-filled wannabe-Ripley cartoons that are sure to make you a hit (or a pariah, we’re not sure) at your next cocktail party!

From Soup to Mutts

In our interview with Mutts maestro Patrick McDonnell, he discussed his forays into children’s books. Here, we present some developmental work that represent a step along the way to the finished books (and a photo from a musical adaptation of The Gift of Nothing).

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