Ed, Carl

Two pencil drawings on cards of his 1919-59 popular comic strip characters, Harold Teen & Lillums Lovewell

Price: $150.00

Description:
(“eed”, 1890-1959) Illinois-born comic strip artist, creator of “Harold Teen”. He was 22 when he worked on the baseball strip “Big Ben” in 1912. A reporter with the Rock Island Argus, he was promoted to sports editor then city editor while drawing another baseball strip, “Luke McGlook, the Bush League Bearcat” (aka “Luke McGluke”). He moved to Chicago as a sports cartoonist on the Chicago American where he also drew the strip “The Tener Alley Gang”. He drew samples for a strip titled “Seventeen”, loosely based on Booth Tarkington's successful novel “Seventeen”. After publisher Joseph Medill Patterson renamed it “The Love Life of Harold Teen”, it debuted as a Sunday strip in the Chicago Tribune May 4, 1919, and a few months later it was nationally syndicated by the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate. A daily strip was added later that year. The strip was so successful in depicting the Jazz Age that it became a minor cultural icon of its time. His strip was widely read in the 1920s, and his readers became familiar with such slang as "shebas", "sheiks" and "pantywaist". Some of these were words and phrases created by Ed, such as, "Fan mah brow." The principal characters were Covina High School student Harold Teen, his girlfriend Lillums Lovewell, his diminutive sidekick Shadow Smart and Pop Jenks, proprietor of the Sugar Bowl soda shop where Harold consumed Gedunk sundaes. As noted in Random House’s Historical Dictionary of American Slang, the word "gedunk" soon entered military slang to refer to snack shops and ice cream beginning with a 1931 usage in “Leatherneck Magazine”. Ed received writing credit for both film adaptations of Harold Teen. Tap dancer Hal Le Roy had the title role in the 1934 movie musical “Harold Teen”. In the 1928 silent version, Harold was portrayed by Arthur Lake, later to portray Dagwood Bumstead. The success of the strip led to toys, figurines, pins and other products. Reprints appeared in Popular Comics, and Whitman published a Better Little Book, “Harold Teen in Swinging at the Sugar Bowl” (1939). Willard P. Farnum and Charles Flynn portrayed Harold Teen in the 1941 radio series. During WW II, Harold joined the Navy. Interest in the strip began to fade by the 1940s and in the post-war period, the strip failed to retain its relevance. When Ed died, his comic strip died with him and “Harold Teen” continued until his final strips ran out, Nov. 18, 1959. Pencil bust sketches of Harold Teen and his girlfriend, Lillums Lovewell, each on a 3 x 4 ¼ card engraved “Autograph Collection of Arthur P. Proulx” at top, both signed in pencil by Carl Ed. Price is for the pair!

Condition: Very good
Type:Original Sketches






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