Steamboat Illustrations - Cartoons

Rowland Emett New World For Nellie Steamboats X 2 for NORI exp

I recently discovered the artwork of British cartoonist Rowland Emett who drew for the UK magazine PUNCH.

Emett specialized in wild and wonderful cartoons inspired by locomotives and passenger cars of the British railways.

In 1952 Rowland transported his cartoon locomotive NELLIE to the U.S.A. in the book NEW WORLD FOR NELLIE.

NELLIE traverses America and while in the Deep South discovers our steamboats.

NELLIE's engineers "immediately fell in love with the paddle boats because they had TWO long funnels each." (Referring to the smokestacks).

Attached is one of the 4 steamboat pen and ink drawings from pages inside the book and a color illustration featured in the fly leaves at each end of the book.

recent acquisitions

Stan Lynde, the creator of one of my favorite comic strips passed away last week. Attached detail is from the cover of a collection of Rick O'Shay dailies from 1963-64. The beautifully drawn steamboat HUSHPUPPY is mysteriously grounded in a clump of sagebrush Out West. Obituary below is abridged from Stan's obituary from the L.A. Times:

Times Staff and Wire Reports
August 12, 2013, 8:34 p.m.

Stan Lynde who created the syndicated Western strip "Rick O'Shay," which ran for 20 years in major newspapers and reached about 15 million readers, died Tuesday August 6th, 2013 in Helena, Montana He was 81.

Inspired by the cowboys of his youth, Lynde developed his "Rick O'Shay" comic strip, which was first syndicated in 1958. The characters in the comic strip were composites "of the old-time cowboys and the people I knew growing up," Lynde once said.

He grew up on a cattle and sheep ranch near Lodge Grass, Mont., on the Crow Indian Reservation. Lynde populated his imaginary western town with such figures as lawman Rick O'Shay, gunslinger Hipshot Percussion and a kid named Quyat Burp.

In 1962, Lynde returned to Montana after "Rick O'Shay" was established and appearing in about 100 papers, including The Times. He set up a basement in his Billings home and bought a 160-acre ranch, branding his cattle with "RIK" in honor of his cartoon hero.

He was born Myron Stanford Lynde on Sept. 23, 1931, in Billings and grew up listening to his parents read him the Sunday comics. He later recalled wanting to be a cartoonist since age 5 or 6.

"I've been able to do the work I love for an appreciative audience," Lynde said in December. "I love this state. ... If my tombstone said something about Montana, I'd be really happy. I've never met any state with people who have such character."


THIS CARTOON OF TEDDY ROOSEVELT in a steamboat pilot house with his "mascot teddy bear" on the bow behind the jack staff by Clifford Berryman was published while Teddy was descending the river on the U.S. Inspection boat MISSISSIPPI.

You can also place the "panorama" taken at St. Louis that I sent on July 6th on PHOTOS 2 as well: Here is the subject title of that e-mail: "Steamboats at St. Louis in honor of Teddy Roosevelt Print by STAR PHOTO St. LOUIS, MO Copyright 1907"

The cartoonist Berryman represented the "Trusts" that Teddy abhorred as "snags" in the river that Roosevelt opposed. Below excerpt from Humanities Texas that gives further details into the cartoon.

Political cartoon by Clifford Berryman
Life on the Mississippi, October 2, 1907
Published in The Evening Star, Washington D.C.

U.S. Senate Collection
Center for Legislative Archives
National Archives

One of the primary political controversies during Theodore Roosevelt's administration was the prevalence of "trusts," which are groups made up of large corporations collaborating to unfairly prevent competition.

Roosevelt's administration sued forty-five companies under the Sherman Antitrust Act in an attempt to break up their monopolies, leading to Roosevelt being hailed as a "trust buster."

In this Clifford Berryman cartoon, Roosevelt is portrayed trying to guide his way through a Mississippi River filled with logs bearing the names of various trusts obstructing his way. The cartoon illustrates the difficulty Roosevelt faced navigating his presidency through a political landscape filled with trusts.

rocky & bullwinkle

Attached is a scan of a printed ink and color drawing of a fanciful steamboat for Rocky and his Friends aka The Bullwinkle show produced by Commodore Jay Ward and piloted by Director Brigadier Bill Scott (I'm pretty sure who that's supposed to be) with Bullwinkle Moose, Rocky the Flying Squirrel up top also. On deck Inspector Fenwick drinking on Texas deck. Below him is his daughter admiring Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties while Snidely Whiplash prepares to blow up the boat. I have this one matted and framed, around 11x14 size. Boat resembles a Rose Parade float, this could 'a been concept art work for such a thing. Who knows? Perhaps the print was enclosed with Christmas cards from Jay Ward's Studio back in the 60's. - Dave



Comic Book 1950 "Jeb Rivers: The Crooked Gambler"

Cover of 1950's comic book: Jeb Rivers: "The Crooked Gambler"
Hit Comics Vol 1 #63
March, 1950
Published by Quality Comics
Cover Artist Reed Crandall

The original black and white pen and ink drawing (see attached) for this cover is for sale by ROMITAMAN:

Hit Comics #63 Cover (Large Art) drawn in 1949

GOLDEN AGE cover, which was penciled and inked by Reed Crandall, from the story titled: "The Crooked Gambler."

This cover features Jeb Rivers, the Daring gentleman adventurer, awaiting a beautiful damsel walking up to board the riverboat, with finely dressed men, lovely women, and even a Tom Sawyer-ish boy.

Jeb Rivers, Daring Gentleman Adventurer, was the cover feature of the last few issues of this HIT COMICS series, in the days after superheroes had fallen out of favor. A huge image crafted in ink over graphite on illustration board with an image area of 13.25" x 18.75". The logo and cover text is a recent replacement stat.


Comic book IT REALLY HAPPENED pages devoted to MARK TWAIN drawn by artist Frederick B. Guardineer

Attached composite of the first and third pages from the mini-biography of Mark Twain (Sam Clemens) excepted out of the biographical comic book series "It Really Happened"


"Picture stories of Popular Heroes" #10 of 11 in the series of biographies

Published in 1947 by Pines Publishing

In this issue: Mark Twain, Sir Richard Francis Burton, "Honus" Wagner among others

Attached composite scan of Pages 1 & 3 for the story of MARK TWAIN Samuel L. Clemens drawn by Fred Guardineer


Frederick B. Guardineer (October 3, 1913 - September 13, 2002) was an American illustrator and comic book writer-artist best known for his work in the 1930s and 1940s during what historians and fans call the Golden Age of Comic Books, and for his 1950s art on the Western comic-book series The Durango Kid.

A pioneer of the medium itself, Guardineer contributed two features to the seminal Action Comics #1, the comic book that introduced Superman.

Fred Guardineer was born in Albany, New York. He acquired a fine arts degree in 1935, then moved to New York City, where he drew for pulp magazines.

The following year he joined the studio of the quirkily named Harry "A" Chesler, an early "packager" supplying comics features on demand for publishers entering the emerging medium of comic books.

There he drew adventure features such as "Dave Dean" and the science-fiction feature "Dan Hastings" before going freelance in 1938.

Guardineer's first known comics credits appear in several one to three page Western and comic-Western stories, and in spot illustrations for a text story, in Centaur Publications' Star Ranger #2 (cover-dated April 1937).

Through that year, he continued writing and drawing such short features in a variety of genres in some of the medium's first comics, including Centaur's Star Comics, '"Funny Pages and Funny Picture Stories.

He is among the contributors to the future DC Comics' landmark title Action Comics #1 (June 1938), the landmark comic that introduced Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's seminal superhero Superman.

There Guardineer wrote, drew and lettered the 12-page feature introducing his magician-hero creation Zatara, a character remaining in the DC stable as of the 21st century.

Guardineer was also one of the artists on two features handled previously by Creig Flessel in More Fun Comics: "Pep Morgan" (on which he sometimes used the pseudonym Gene Baxter) and, in Detective Comics, "Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator".

He married Ruth Ball in 1938 and bought a home in Long Island, New York the following year.

Guardineer's other early work includes art for Quality Comics, where he created the character Blue Tracer; and Columbia Comics, where he worked with former DC editor Vin Sullivan, who had edited Action Comics.

Guardineer followed Sullivan to the editor's next venture, the comic-book company Magazine Enterprises, which Sullivan founded. There from 1949-1955, Guardineer drew writer Gardner Fox's Old West masked-crimefighter series The Durango Kid. In the late 1940s, he also drew for such Lev Gleason Publications comics as Black Diamond Western and Crime Does Not Pay.

In 1955, Guardineer retired from comics and worked 20 years with the U.S. Postal Service, and during this time did wildlife illustrations for publications including The Long Island Fisherman. He was a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

Popular-culture historian Ron Goulart called Guardineer ". . . a true nonpareil, an artist whose style was unmistakably his own. . . . His style was almost fully formed from the start. He seems always to have thought in terms of the entire page, never the individual panel.

Each of his pages is a thoughtfully designed whole, giving the impression sometimes that Guardineer is arranging a series of similar snapshots into an attractive overall pattern, a personal design that will both tell the story clearly and be pleasing to the eye . . ."

Comics historian Mark Evanier wrote that during Guardineer's years away from comics, Mad magazine writer and editor Jerry DeFuccio located him "and became the first of many collectors to pay what Guardineer considered tidy sums to re-create some of his old covers." Guardineer again lost contact with the comics community until 1998, when a comics fan found him in northern California and convinced him to attend that year's Comic-Con International in San Diego, California. There, he was part of an Evanier-hosted panel "of every surviving person who'd had a hand in the creation of the historic Action Comics #1.

When presented with the convention's Inkpot Award, Fred was confined to a wheelchair but with great effort, he insisted on standing as he made a brief but eloquent acceptance speech."

Guardineer later was a guest at WonderCon, in Oakland, California.

One source says Guardineer moved to San Ramon, California, where he died in 2002, though the Social Security Death Index gives his last place of residence as Babylon, New York (ZIP Code 11702) in Suffolk County, Long Island.


Tooter Turtle #15 Steamboat Stupe (Captains Outrageous)

"Educational" cartoon short subject #15 in the "Tooter Turtle" series. looks like and sounds like something from Jay Ward's Bullwinkle Moose and Rocket J. Squirrel crew. Kind of a "Young Person's Guide to Bein' a Steamboat Cap'n" . . .

Tooter Turtle #15 Steamboat Stupe (Captains Outrageous)0SH Youtube siresounds Published on Sep 23, 2016 Episode #15 of 39 produced in 1960-61.

Home recorded on VHS (South Florida) in the mid 1990's: a segment on Tennessee Tuxedo and his Tales, which aired at 6 AM on channel 39.

Wipipedia summation of the series:

Tooter Turtle (sometimes spelled Tudor or Tutor) is a cartoon about a turtle that first appeared on TV in 1960, as a segment, along with The Hunter a detective dog, as part of the King Leonardo and His Short Subjects program. "Tooter Turtle" debuted on NBC, on Saturday, October 15, 1960, and ran for 39 original episodes through July 22, 1961. These episodes were later rerun as backups on other cartoon shows, but no more original episodes were made.The plots followed the same general format. Tooter (voiced by Allen Swift) calls on his friend Mr. Wizard the Lizard (voiced by Sandy Becker), an anthropomorphic lizard wearing a wizard cone hat, a robe, and pince-nez eyeglasses. Mr. Wizard lived in a tiny cardboard box at the base of a tall tree. The introductory segment had Tooter knocking on the cardboard box, having "another favor to ask." From inside the box, Mr. Wizard would shrink Tooter small enough to enter through the box's front door and invite him in. Mr. Wizard has the magic to change Tooter's life to some other destiny, usually sending him back in time and to various locales.

As Tooter is doing his destiny, Mr. Wizard narrates about it. When Tooter's trip finally became a catastrophe, Tooter would request help with a cry of "Help me, Mr. Wizard, I don't want to be X any more!" where X was whatever destiny Tooter had entered. Mr. Wizard would then rescue Tooter with the incantation, "Drizzle, Drazzle, Drozzle, Drome; time for this one to come home." Then, Mr. Wizard would always give Tooter the same advice: "Be just what you is, not what you is not. Folks what do this has the happiest lot."

Mr. Wizard's phrase "Drizzle, Drazzle, Druzzle, Drome; Time for this one to come home" is echoed in the phrase "Razzle, dazzle, drazzle, drone, Time for This One to Come Home" that was used later by the band The Replacements as a lyric in Hold My Life from the album Tim.

Created and airing during the Vietnam War, although before the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, the episode featuring Tooter traveling back to WW I as a fighter pilot ("Tailspin Tooter") features what one historian has called some of "the most gruesome pro-war imagery" in cartoons of the period.







Mosaik/Amerika steamboat graphics

Attached are 8 panels from Mosaik/Amerika German comics from the '50's. My friend Andreas in Berlin kindly sent me 3 of the out of print Mosaik books and I scanned and enhanced the color on just some of the steamboat inked and painted graphics. There are a great number of them in the 3 books:

The Digedags in America
The Digedags on the Mississippi
The Digedags in New Orleans

Europeans are fascinated with our historic boats and the creators of comics frequently use them in stories of Western heroes whose frontier begins on the banks of the Mississippi River where they're frequently involved in colorful action stories of gambling and boat races.

Wikipedia - Mosaik
Wikipedia - Hannes hegen

Mosaik is a German comic book magazine. First published in December 1955, it is the longest-running German (and European) monthly comic book and the only one originating in East Germany that still exists. Mosaik also appeared in other countries and other languages. In its English-language edition it was published under the title Mosaic.

Mosaik was created by illustrator and caricaturist Hannes Hegen. (real name Johannes Eduard Hegenbarth; 16 May 1925 - 8 November 2014) From 1955 to 1975, the protagonists of Mosaik were Dig, Dag and Digedag, known together as the Digedags.

They were replaced in 1976 by Abrax, Brabax and Califax, known together as the Abrafaxe, who are still the main characters today.

More than 200 million issues have been sold from 1955 until today. At the height of its popularity, prior to German reunification, Mosaik had a print run of almost a million copies per month. After reunification, the print run has varied from more than 100,000 in the early 1990s to about 80,000 in 2007.

Digedags years:

The East German publisher Verlag Neues Leben, in East Berlin, had wanted to counter Western comics and magazines with a magazine of their own when Hannes Hegen approached them with his ideas for Mosaik and the Digedags. Reaching an agreement with Neues Leben, Hegen created the first issue of Mosaik for publishing in December 1955. Mosaik was published quarterly until July 1957, when it switched to a monthly schedule that has continued uninterrupted to this day. To support the schedule, the publisher hired additional artists, colorists and writers to support Hegen - a team which became known as the Mosaik-Kollektiv (Mosaik Collective). Only Hegen was credited on the cover, however.

In 2008 Hannes Hegen received the Max & Moritz Prize, the most important German prize for comic artists from the International Comic Salon Erlangen. In 2010 he was awarded for his creative work, the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Knight's Cross, or Merit Cross on Ribbon, German: Verdienstkreuz am Bande).

The Digedags in America 1
The Digedags on the Mississippi 2
The Digedags in New Orleans 5


Carl Barks artwork of a Disney-style cartoon Riverboat Gambler "Duck" 1979

Here is a wonderful 1979 Carl Barks pen & ink with watercolor painting on illustration board of a melodramatic mustachioed Riverboat Gambler Duck "villain," who is just bristling with Aces while he reaches for his derringer on a Mississippi River dock next to his carpetbag and jug of "corn likker" as an inquisitive little black mouse looks him over while in the distance a sidewheel steamboat paddles along.


Carl Barks (March 27, 1901 - August 25, 2000) was an American cartoonist, author, and painter. He is best known for his work in Disney comic books, as the writer and artist of the first Donald Duck stories and as the creator of Scrooge McDuck. He worked anonymously until late in his career; fans dubbed him "The Duck Man" and "The Good Duck Artist." In 1987, Barks was one of the three inaugural inductees of the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.


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All captions provided by Dave Thomson, primary contributor and historian.