Thursday, August 20, 2020

Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy and Mr. Bozo

Both of Dell's titles from Larry Harmon cartoons, after the first issues, are done by the same so far unidentified writer and artist on all the comics stories, including one-pagers and backups. Compare the titles of these stories from the second issue of each: Bozo the Clown #2 (April-June/63), and Laurel and Hardy #2, (March-May/63).

Bozo 2 Double-Trouble Flubble Bubble, L&H 2 Flip-Flop Tip-Top Secret

I don't recognize the styles from anything else at Dell--or in fact anywhere--so I suggest that the material was supplied by Larry Harmon's production company.

The first issues Dell evidently did in-house. Tony Tallarico, who had nothing to do with issues 2-4, did the art on Bozo #1--and as happened only occasionally at this point, without Bill Fraccio pencils.

Paul C. Ignizio has cited Laurel and Hardy as one of the titles he wrote for Dell, along with Car 54, Where Are You? and The Twist. If L&H #1 was indeed the only issue done at Dell, it's the one most likely to be his. A point of similarity that jumps out between L&H #1 and Car 54 #3 (Oct/62) is Indians who say "I/Me scalpum!" (I'm still looking over Car 54--I don't think Ignizio wrote every issue.)

(* = single page)

May-June/62 #1  Facts About Clowns [TEXT] * p, i: Tony Tallarico
    Circus to the Moon p, i: Tallarico
    The Chimp That Made a Monkey Out of Bozo
p, i: Tallarico
    The Worm That Had the Strangest Tale
p, i: Tallarico
    The Clown in Show Business [TEXT] *
p, i: Tallarico
    Make Up and Costumes of Clowns [TEXT] *
p, i: Tallarico


(* = single page)

Aug-Oct/62 #1  A Record Lunch * w: Paul C. Ignizio
    The Tourists w: Ignizio
    Bell of the Brawl * w: Ignizio
    Hair and There * w: Ignizio