Monday, December 27, 2010

Subliminal Cliff Sterrett/Charles Schulz tribute scribble

I did this after pouring over the new POLLY & HER PALS book, which I got for Christmas. A really wonderful book I have to say it is too.  I have been lucky enough to get my hands on a good bit of Cliff Sterrett's reprinted work over the years and, like everyone else, I find it one of the great masterpieces of cartooning.

This drawing made no sense to me when I made it under the heavy Sterrett influence until I remembered the first time I saw his work: 40 Christmases ago when my mom gave me the book CHARLIE BROWN & CHARLES SCHULZ, based on a lengthy TV profile of Schulz the same year. Early in the book he mentioned his childhood favorites, offering examples of POLLY and also KRAZY KAT, the first time I saw either. I've been a rabid fan of both ever since and perhaps I always subconsciously nod to Schulz for bringing them to my attention in the first place.

The new POLLY book, (like the 2 volume series in the early 1990's) focuses on the mind-blowing Sunday strips of the mid 1920's: jumbo excursions into Art Deco Surrealism that the strip is known for.  There's a lot of previously un re-printed stuff here and the gigantic format is even more expansive than ever. I hope somebody gets around to re-printing some of the classic dailies at some point, I have seen a few years' worth of them and while the dailies don't afford the epic compositions and color of the Sundays, I find his posing and expressions every bit as enjoyable without them.

Hats off to Cliff Sterrett, and the makers of this wonderful book...!


Mike said...

My gawd! I looked him up and I see what you mean. Those compositions are wild, and I love the off-kilter architecture!!

Michael said...

Will, always a treat to see your stuff. Happy New Year!

-Mike Gillett

Perica and Toshke said...

Happy New Year!

vitalik shu said...

Love your blog!! !Happy New Year ^_^

Sherm said...

Yes, the new Polly collection is a towering treat! I love all the added material showing his development leading up to the electrical jazz period of the late 20s. And it's now also the gigantic-est book in my collection. The printing, design and color reproduction are fantastic.

Can you believe those 2 volumes from Remco/Kitchen Sink came out 20 years ago??