My Scrapbook: The Winking Brown Eye

My Scrapbook The National Lampoon ReviewsJohn D. MacDonald's "New" Travis McGee Book In the July 1981 issue of the National Lampoon (the special “Endless, Mindless Summer Sex” issue), they ran “Would You Like Something to Read?,” a spoof of a regular book column,by Sean Kelly and Ted Mann. Yes, it's cheeky, politically incorrect and embarrassingly juvenile. You should probably … Continue reading My Scrapbook: The Winking Brown Eye

Gai Kurusawa

Created  by Tensai Okamura "I hate this season. The weather sucks up all the slime and filth in the streets and pours it back down on ya. But then, that's what this city's all about. Name's Gai Kurasawa, private eye. I've spent my life in this concrete merry-go-round watching the same crimes play out year … Continue reading Gai Kurusawa

My Scrapbook: Phillipe Marlboro, Gumshoe

My Scrapbook Phillipe Marlboro, Gumshoe An original painting (2009) by Harold Edward Brooks, available as a print or photo from deviantart. I think of this painting every time I see some misguided yoyo out in the world trying to borrow a little 1940s cool by smoking like a chimney. Sorry, Leonardo, you ain't Bogie -- … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Phillipe Marlboro, Gumshoe

My Scrapbook: Pete Emslie Does Jim Rockford!

My Scrapbook One of my favourite caricatures of Jim Rockford (James Garner) by master cartoonist Pete EmslieAnd a nifty one of his cop buddy Dennis (Joe Santos) and him. Ottawa-born Pete Emslie is a huge Rockford fan (my, what great taste he has), and posts a new caricature of James Garner every year on the actor's birthday … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Pete Emslie Does Jim Rockford!

Eddie Valiant (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)

Created by Gary K. Wolf (1941 --) "It's the story of a man, a woman, and a rabbit in a triangle of trouble." -- original tagline for the film. And now, for something completely different... In Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, the 1981 novel by Gary Wolf, we meet EDDIE VALIANT, your typical 1940's-era garden variety … Continue reading Eddie Valiant (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)

Sterling Archer

Created by Adam Reed "Just say noir." No, I haven't stretched the rules to include the spy guy STERLING ARCHER of the FX adult cartoon series Archer just because it's popular. Nope. In the show's seventh season reboot (how could I have missed that?), the Los Angeles-based Figgis Agency that they all work for becomes … Continue reading Sterling Archer

Snooper and Blabber

Created by Bill Hanna & Joe Barbera One's a cat in a deerstalker cap. The other's a mouse in a fedora and trenchcoat. Yep, we're back in the weird world of Saturday morning cartoons. This early Hanna-Barbera feature, all six-minute shorts, which aired as part of The Quick Draw McGraw Show, featured the far-fetched antics … Continue reading Snooper and Blabber

Jughead Jones

Created by Bob Montana and John L. Goldwater We all know JUGHEAD JONES, right? Archie Comics? Archie's pal? From Riverdale? Doesn't like girls? Loves food, particularly hamburgers? Wears a crown-like beanie? Sarcastic? Occasionally snarky? Laidback? Slightly off? Been around since 1941 or so? What I didn't realize was that Jughead's had a jones (sorry) for private … Continue reading Jughead Jones