A look at the comics section from 1969
It helps that some people saves their newspapers when a big event happened. That's the case with the survival of my copy of Commercial Appeal from July 21, 1969, when the first man walked on the moon.
I saw this for sale at an antique store. Naturally, I decided to buy it for a comics section (they also had a Nixon Resignation newspaper, but the comics section was missing, so I didn't buy it)
And WOW! Things were different. For starters, Commercial Appeal removed the syndication label for their comics (making it hard to guess which company distributed some of their comics) and while there was a page devoted entirely to comics, there were still several other comic-strips spread in other areas of the newspaper. And some strips that were in other parts of the paper had a small "title panel".
I carefully scanned many of them for you to read. Enjoy!
Boner's Ark (a comic created by Mort Walker; signed it as "Addison")
Andy Capp (notice how it's referred as "England's")
The Better Half (no idea whether this is related to the current one drawn by Randy Glasbergen)
The Wizard of Id
Jumble (I dare you to solve it)
Dennis the Menace
The Family Circus
the small society (a political strip by Morrie Brickman - ran from 1966 to 1999)
Editorial cartoon by Paul Conrad (The Los Angeles Times)
My grandma kept a Capital Journal (Salem, OR) newspaper from 1965 for some reason, with the comics. Here's a list (I'll scan them on request):
Steve Canyon - Milton Caniff
Beetle Bailey - Mort Walker
Steve Roper - Overgard & Sanders
Andy Capp - Smythe
Li'l Abner - Capp
Rex Morgan MD - Bradley & Edgington
Wayout - Ken Muse
Mary Worth - A. Saunders
Ponytail - Lee Holley
Donald Duck - Walt Disney
Man, these are great. I love old comic strips!
To Chris: Yes, man. Scan me up some shmoos! Also Way Out and Ponytail, since I've never heard of those. Instant win for Pogo Possum.
Side notes: anyone ever notice "Blondie" is like the Dick Clark of comic strips?
Man, Ponytail is kinda hot.
Way Out, meanwhile, proves that webcomics didn't invent reusing art. They just made it easier.
For the record, the Ken Muse who drew "Wayout" is not related to the Ken Muse who animated "Tom and Jerry" cartoons.
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