08 July 2013

More Gumps

The strip and its merchandising (toys, games, a popular song, playing cards, food products) made Sidney Smith a wealthy man. On his way home from signing a $150,000 a year contract in 1935, he crashed his new Rolls-Royce and died. Patterson replaced Smith with sports cartoonist Gus Edson. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, when actor Martin Landau was a cartoonist, he worked as Edson's assistant on The Gumps, eventually drawing the Sunday strips for Edson.

Here are a few more strips from around 1940

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