Get Well, Mel?

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Above and below are two parts of one interesting piece of WB ephemera that that one of our readers (who wishes to remain anonymous) acquired recently. We believe it may have been a first, more informal get well card to Mel Blanc very shortly after his catastrophic auto wreck on Jan. 24, 1961. This would have been before Chuck Jones did his Magnum Opus card – almost 4 feet long that showed all 14 WB characters lying side-by-side in bed with thermometers in their mouths being attended by a doctor and a nurse with the Doc saying “I don’t know what is wrong with them, they have all lost their voice.” The names seem roughly right for 1961. But were Maltese and Scribner there at that point? Perhaps it was created for another?

Can any of our readers, researchers and historians attribute who it was done for, and who drew it???

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  • Simon

    Do you have a link to the other Chuck Jones card?

  • RAB SMITH

    I must admit,—–going by the frame posted here——-MOST of these people have contributed classy, stylized signatures……….i find that most SERIOUS cartoonists usually come up with a unique and one-off moniker, which appears to have been the case here.

  • J. J. Hunsecker

    Besides Maltese and Scribner, Manuel Perez’s name is also on the card. I believe he didn’t return to the WB studio after the 1953 lay off.

    I would guess this card was made for someone else, and that it was made before 1953.

  • http://www.warnerart.com Eric

    Maltese was active at the Warner Studio up until at least 1960. He’s credited with Ready, Woolen and Able, Who scent you and others. Scribner was working on the Bugs Bunny Show in 1960. We may never know where this was signed or if everyone even signed it at the same place and time? A possibility is that it was signed outside of a studio setting at a special gathering of some sort? Or maybe someone took it upon themselves to track down everyone? Regardless, it’s an impressive collection of animation greats and provides a great snapshot of people (by name) who were working in the industry at the time.

  • http://blackwingdiaries.blogspot.com Jenny

    I’d say this was drawn well before 1961, going by things from the style of the drawing to the use of the fountain pen.

  • Allen

    Why not call on the History Dectives?

  • http://classicanimation.blogspot.com Thad Komorowski

    I saw this on eBay awhile ago. I honestly can’t recall who it was for, but it was definitely sometime around 1952/53.

  • Oliver

    It’s a shame that the poor bandaged victim of the accident remains unidentified.

  • http://www.nancybeiman.com Nancy Beiman

    Arthur Davis is also a signator. This could date it even earlier–and the drawing style is pretty archaic for 1961.

  • amid

    The absence of John Dunn’s name, who was the studio’s primary writer in ’61, is another indicator that it’s not related to that Mel Blanc’s crash. Of course, the presence of Maltese’s name is also a clue. Though films with Maltese’s name appear until 1960, he had left well before that. John Dunn was Maltese’s replacement and he was hired (I have to double-check) around April ’59. Names like Davis and Scribner, along with Nancy’s great observation about the drawing style, definitely lead one to believe this is from the first half of the ’50s.

  • http://classicanimation.blogspot.com Thad Komorowski

    Sid Marcus also signed the card, so it was definitely from 1952-53. Now if we just knew who it was for!

  • RAB SMITH

    I doubt if there is a single location anywhere on the planet —-today——-that can boast such a concentrated pool of talent………modern studio employees seem to flit from one project to the next……….there just isn’t the staying power, any more, of the ‘Golden Age of animation.’

  • http://animationwhoandwhere.blogspot.com/ Joe Campana

    I think I can end this discussion one and for all. Among the signatures is that of Jean Beil (Friz Freleng’s sister.) She passed away in June, 1959 which certainly pre-dates Mel Blanc’s accident.

    Also, it would be nice to have larger (clearer) scans/photos of the entire piece! What’s with the names that were partially cut off!

  • http://www.tonycanepa.com Tony C.

    Could we see some better scans of this? And please post a link to the Chuck Jones card you mentioned, that sounds incredible!

  • http://www.davemackey.com Dave Mackey

    The presence of Abe Levitow’s name makes it something not of the 60′s. Abe was at UPA from ’59 onward.

    I will gladly side with those who are thinking 52-53. I’m thinking about the subject matter on the card – a color chart of a half-naked woman – and think it might be a color designer or male opaquer.

    Consider, too, how cards are sent around offices. Usually those working in one room will sign it and pass it on to the next. I note that Phil DeGuard, Dick Thomas and Robert Gribbroek are all in the same area. Who is obviously missing? Did Pete Alvarado sign this thing? Some of those signatures are hard to read.

  • Melissa

    I have no idea who the card was for
    i just noticed my grandfathers name Manuel Perez