It’s Henry

This little character
may, or
may not,
look familiar to you —

I guess it really
depends on just
how many
gray hairs have snuck
their way into your
average two-day growth –

( where-ever that growth
may happen to be ) .

Just so
I’m clear about it,
that basically means
that if you’re under
age 30 or so–

you probably won’t
remember “Henry” –

…. a comic strip
featuring a little bald
mute boy that started
running in the
Saturday Evening Post
about 1932.

The comic’s creator,
Carl Anderson, was
already in his late 60’s
when he came up
with the character —

and that fact is often
used as the explanation
for why the comic
always seemed,
even to people
of the 1930’s,
to be ‘old fashioned’.

Certainly, the cartoons
do look very arcane –
with a lot of
antiquated technology,
urban picket fences,
Model ‘A’s,
ice-delivery trucks,
and Depression-era
prices on products
like ice cream.
( 5 Cents ! )

And, since Henry
communicated mostly
with pantomime
or sign language,
it requires one to not
only understand the
strip’s historical and
societal perspective-

to make allowances for
the apparently simple,
somewhat unkind,
mischievous, scheming,
and child-like character,

but also to read very
much ‘between the lines’
to catch most of the

Yet, these qualities
seemed to have
actually contributed
to the character’s
huge popularity,
not only here in the
United States,
but also in Britain
and Canada.

The images on today’s post
were a part of a set of
cigarette cards issued
in the United Kingdom
in 1936 by the London
Card Company for
J. Wix Tobacco and
Kensitas Cigarettes,
and thus, are
very collectible.

( Of course, if you’re
interested in more on
the subject of cigarette
cards, you can read my
post on the subject here. )

Despite the rather out
of sync feeling of the
comic, or maybe
because of it,
I’ve always been a fan
of the single frame
versions of ‘Henry’,
and I’m hoping that
you will find them
charming and interesting
as well !

!!! HOY !!!!



More Enoch Bolles

pirateSome of you might
remember my post from a couple years back ,

— about the highly regarded
pulp and pin-up artist Enoch Bolles…..

I remember saying that Bolles
was not that well-known among non collectors,

….. at least when compared
to more famous artists like:

Gil Elvgren,
George Petty.

( If you don’t remember
the post I’m referring to,  it’s here. )

EnochBollesBut, since I’ve been posting pin-ups
( a couple of years now )

I’ve had more requests for the work
of Enoch Bolles than any other artist.

And I’m not really
all that surprised about that,

……. since Bolles really was such a great artist.

His style,
while anchored very firmly in the 1920’s,

still seems fresh and very lively…enoch

He always has a way of bringing out
the exuberant side of the girls in his pin-ups.

And, of course,
his captions are always memorable.

Several of my friends
have commented on Bolles’ fashion sense —

and it’s true —

His pin ups are always smartly dressed —
———— even when they’re undressed.

I personally admire the way
he captured the fun-loving essence of the flapper age.enochbolles

So, today, I thought
we’d just feature more of
Enoch Bolles’ extraordinary catalog of work…..

A publication that featured a lot
of Bolles’ art for covers was
the men’s humor magazine Judge.

The weekly magazine started publishing
in the 1880’s, to compete with Puck —

and by the 1920’s, had acquired
a strong popularity for the
artwork it featured.

folmOne of it’s founders had been
a popular cartoonist, James Albert Wales,

—– and so art had always played
an important part of this periodical’s image.

Bolles’ work,

in particular,

played extremely well with the satirical witty tone of the magazine overall.

Although now defunct,

Judge might well be considered
the predecessor of the ‘New Yorker’ —

— the editor of Judge
in the early 1920’s, Harold Ross, enochbolles

went on to start the
New Yorker Magazine in 1925.

Enoch Bolles was, for years,

also the exclusive cover artist
for the popular magazine ‘Film Fun’ —

and much of what people
see as stand-alone pin ups,

were originally created
for Film Fun covers.

Although his health waned in his 60’s,enochbolles

Enoch Bolles lived to age 93,

and was still painting pretty much
up to the time of his death.

His popularity among collectors
is booming today —

And I think it’s fair to say,

— that there are more people
than ever before appreciating
Enoch Bolles’ beautiful work.

It’s absolutely no surprise to me.