Camera-ready comic art drawing for Joe Palooka

Description (Brief)
This pen-and-ink drawing prepared for the Joe Palooka comic strip shows Joe fighting an Arab monarch in a boxing match. The drawing includes the date "12-9" and is presumed to date from about 1966.
Hammond Edward "Ham" Fisher (around 1900-1955) worked for Pennsylvania and New York newspapers in the 1920s when he also began trying to sell his first Joe Palooka comic drawings. Fisher is remembered for having been expelled from the National Cartoonists Society in 1954 after a long-running disagreement with Li'l Abner artist Al Capp.
Joe Palooka (1930-1984) was a big, tough, simpleminded boxer with a good heart. His manager was an Irishman named Knobby Walsh. Ann Howe first appeared as Joe’s fiancée and later married him in 1949. Other characters included Max, the mute 8-year-old, and his peculiar friend Humphrey Pennyworth. In 1934 the comic strip was recreated as a popular film starring Stuart Erwin. The film spawned a number of sequels well into the 1950s.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Object Type
date made
ca 1966
graphic artist
Fisher, Ham
Dipreta, Tony
McNaught Syndicate, Inc.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall color)
overall: 12.7 cm x 40.4 cm; 5 in x 15 7/8 in
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catalog number
accession number
Cultures & Communities
Popular Entertainment
Comic Art
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Comic Art
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Newspaper Comics Council, Inc., New York, NY

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