Thursday, March 19, 2009

It Just Dawned on Me

I've followed with interest Ger Appeldoorn's postings about the obscure Dawn O'Day daily strip bv the equally obscure Val Heinz. It's always interesting to discover a strip I'd never heard of before, and the Caniff-school artwork in Dawn O'Day is, as they used to say, not without merit.
Recently I stumbled on an archive of newspaper radio schedule scans. Lo and behold, one paper ran their schedules on the comics page, and on the comics page was Dawn O'Day.
So here are two weeks worth of dailies from the latter half of January, 1951.
The story concerns a supposed child actor who's really a "midget;" revealing this would torpedo Dawn's new picture. There are no Saturdays, by the way; the comics apparently ran on a different page on Saturday.
Val Heinz' artwork is not as good in these dailies as it was on the Sundays. This could simply be the result of rushing, or it could be that this isn't the same artist who drew the Sunday pages. There are still many unanswered questions about the strip. That's what makes it interesting!


Ger Apeldoorn said...

Fascinating strip, isn't it?

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Ger Apeldoorn said...

This is Heinz by the way. He did a daily version for a short period in the beginning, so this resembles the early ones more than the later ones ge drew when it was a Sunday only.