Sunday, July 29, 2007
A post-Post post
John K has posted some outstanding comic book art by Harvey cartoon animator, director and comic artist HOWIE POST. We were talking about him awhile back and how generally unknown and under-rated he is. I mentioned this comic strip I remembered called THE DROP-OUTS and promised to publish a couple examples and here they are...
Back when other kids were attending Weblos, football games and anti-Nixon marches, I was in my room pasting up favorite Sunday comics likes these from the Syracuse Herald-Examiner into my scrapbook. THE DROP-OUTS came on the scene around 1970 and didn't run for too long but I liked it. It was basically about two beachcombers stranded on a deserted island. One of them was named "Sandy" (the little one, I think) but I forget the other guy's name. It was kind of a two-man GILLIGAN'S ISLAND. I always wondered if the working title had been THE CASTAWAYS, (which seems more appropriate) but some long-haired editor at the syndicate came up with DROP-OUTS to make it more Timothy Leary-esque. If it did actually go down that way, it was a vain attempt to make hippies read mainstream media.
These drawings are not typical of Howie Post's comic book style, but they are nice and expressive, I think. I wish I had more to scan but they seem to have been lost to the ages. Click the panels to see bigger.