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How to Draw “Fleischer”

Comic art collector Eric Sack is an old friend who has perhaps the finest collection of original underground comix art in the United States – and he has recently post most of it online.

Of specific interest to Cartoon Brew readers is Sack’s original art to what I consider a Holy Grail item: a mid-30s illustrated book by two ace Fleischer Studio animators, Tom Johnson and Bern E. Wolf (aka Bernie Wolf): CARTOONS: How To Draw ‘Em and Make ’em Move. The art is chockfull of examples of how to make funny drawings, Fleischer style. Was this thing ever published?

But that’s NOT all! Sack has accumulated all kinds of stuff on the periphery of 30s animation. Check out the material listed erroneously under Terrytoons, featuring pinback button art for super-obscure characters like Van Beuren’s Waffles and Al, and Boyd La Vero’s Marty Monk! Also click on this background from Lantz and art created by my buddy Leslie Cabarga. Great stuff all – Thanks, Eric!

  • Katella Gate

    The design on Marty Monk’s Monkey costume is particularly unfortunate.

    “Paging Dr. Freud, paging Dr. Freud … you’re needed in the twenties-tune ward for an emergency pantsectomy – stat.”

  • pat

    Neat find, I did quick search on worldcat, lib of congress, and book sellers meta search- no records. Reminds me of this site that has just been writing about legendary rare books or “unicorns”-

  • Flip the Human

    Holy Cow! What a gorgeous book! Small size j-pegs on a blog are nice but I’d love to see full size of these! Incidently I do recall a ‘how-to’ animation book which popped up on ebay years ago. It was in fragile shape had a picture of Betty Boop at an animation table on the cover. I lost the bidding so I have no idea what was inside it. Perhaps it was this?

  • I also checked this out and found no copies in any library–you have to conclude the book is most likely a ‘ghost’-i.e. a book that was projected or announced or even seen in mock up form but was never published. The subject of ghosts is also touched on at my site
    Ghosts are rarer than unicorns! Nigel

  • Tony W.

    I really like the style of these drawings. They’re deceptively simple but so appealing.