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Mike Dobbs said...

So just so I understand...a veteran who is for Obama is a "Sad Sack?"

Mark Martin said...

Nope. Sad Sack is a Harvey comic book character. I've been painting them as if they've grown older and become world-weary losers. See Everything 32 and 33 for Richie Rich and Hot Stuff, for better context.

I'm sure there are manyy bright and admirable veterans for Obama, just like there are bright and admirable cab drivers and cab passengers.

HemlockMan said...

The term "Sad Sack" goes back farther than the Harvey character. It originated in a strip by US Army Sgt. George Baker. I recall that there was a huge fight over the original art between the artist (Fred Rhoads--who drew almost every page of SAD SACK art Harvey ever published) and Harvey Comics. Seems I recall that the artist won a hefty settlement, but I don't know if it was every paid out.

At any rate...is that supposed to be McCain?

Mark Martin said...

Yes yes, you are correct. There is even more to Sad Sack than the Harvey comic. There is the impressive Baker pre-Harvey incarnation.

Nice McCain dig. And you got through an entire comment without saying "Nazi" or "republiKKKan" or
"shit-day"! There is hope for you yet!

I never heard of the Sad Sack original art scandal. Maybe eeTeeD will school us in the details!

eeTeeD said...

i never paid much attention to sad sack.

here's an obituary on rhoads:

Sad Sack Comics no 1 was published in September 1949. It was destined to run 287 issues, all the way to October 1982, seven years after George Baker had died. Originally the only new art was the cover cartoon, which Baker himself drew every month. Once the weekly strips ran out, a new cartoonist was needed. This was Fred Rhoads.
Harvey got Rhoads to streamline his style and produce title after new title. There came Sad Sack Goes Home (1951), Sad Sack's Funny Friends (1955), Sad Sack and Sarge (1957), Sad Sack Laugh Special (1958), Sad Sack's Army Life (1963), Sad Sad Sack World (1964), Sad Sack USA (1972), Sad Fun Around the World (1974) and even Sad Sack Navy (1972).

The new comics were hugely successful, something which Rhoads put down to his own way in which he had developed the character. "Baker was used to drawing for men in the service. His humour tended to be more dirty, more sexy, and that didn't work as well in the comic books," he said. The comic books, of course, were aimed at children, not at servicemen.

Rhoads drew Sad Sack until 1977, when suddenly Harvey stopped sending him assignments. The following year he sued Harvey for royalties on his artwork, which was then being republished every month. Rhoads had drawn a total of 9,500 pages of Sad Sack strips for an average fee of $35 each. An Arizona jury awarded Rhoads $2.5m, but Harvey appealed and won. The appeal court said that the loss was Rhoads's fault: he should have enquired about his rights long before the publisher terminated their relationship.

Bankrupted by the legal battle, Rhoads went back to work in 1985, drawing cartoons for his local newspaper, the Tucson Citizen. In 1989 he was seen at a San Diego comic convention, selling Sad Sack artwork to his fans. He was 78 when he died, never having once signed his name to a single Sad Sack strip.

HemlockMan said...

Jove, that's messed up.

No wonder I hate corporations.

HemlockMan said...

"There is hope for you yet!"

That's what my wife keeps saying.

Jed said...

WAY too many cartoonist's lives seem to end in tragedy. What a mugs game!

Let's make a pact not to shoot ourselves or die of liver failure. Or become destitute after a long legal battle with a faceless corporation. Or become libertarians.

If you're taking requests:

Pee Wee from Ritchie Rich. I want to know what happened to Pee Wee.

Reggie is probably too obvious.

Baby Huey. Nobody likes Baby Huey. Probably the most unpopular Harvey character all time.