Monday, December 18, 2017

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Hank Ketcham Gag Cartoons 1944 – 1952

My friend Dick Buchanan has reached into his tremendous archive of magazines from the golden age of gag cartoons and shares with us some early Hank Ketcham gag cartoons. A good number of these are pre-Dennis the Menace. Some wonderful line work here by a master cartoonist!



Take it away Dick! And thanks very much for sharing these!


HANK KETCHAM GAG CARTOONS


1944 – 1952




Hank Ketcham achieved world wide acclaim as the creator of the syndicated newspaper panel Dennis the Menace which debuted March, 1951 and is still going strong more than six decades later. But before his blockbuster panel appeared, Hank Ketcham was one of the leading gag cartoonists of his era.


Ketcham started at the top, when Half Hitch, his diminutive sailor cut-up was published in The Saturday Evening Post. It ran from 1943 to 1945. Ketcham caught on immediately and his cartoons began appearing in all the leading publications of the day, Collier’s, American Magazine, Liberty, True and even The New Yorker.


Here a few examples of Hank Ketchum’s gag cartoons from 1944 to 1952.






1. An early cartoon by Hank Ketcham before his distinctive style was developed. American Magazine January 1944.






2. Another early Ketcham. From the beginning, Ketcham had solid gags. Collier’s February 12, 1944.



3. Half-Hitch was briefly revived as a syndicated comic strip in the 1970’s. The Saturday Evening Post c.1945.



4. Collier’s October 19. 1946.


5. Liberty June 1, 1946.


6. By 1946 Ketcham’s impeccable work had reached the high level he would maintain for the remainder of his career. The Saturday Evening Post c. 1946-1947.


7. Collier’s November 22, 1947.



8. Collier’s August 9, 1947.


9. American Legion Magazine September 1947.



10. Collier’s December 18, 1948.


11. Collier’s September 4, 1948.


12. True Magazine August, 1949


13. True Magazine March 1949.




14. American Magazine September 1951.



15. Saturday Evening Post January 13, 1951.



16. This post Dennis cartoon was a classic. True Magazine July, 1952.   


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