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.

Description (Brief)

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.

Description (Brief)

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.

Date Made: ca 1966

Graphic Artist: Fisher, HamAuthor: Dipreta, TonyPublisher: McNaught Syndicate, Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Boxing

Subject:

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Exhibition:

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Credit Line: Newspaper Comics Council, Inc., New York, NY

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: GA.22471.02Catalog Number: 22471.02Accession Number: 277502

Object Name: drawingObject Type: DrawingsOther Terms: drawing; Pen and Ink

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall color)Measurements: overall: 12.7 cm x 40.4 cm; 5 in x 15 7/8 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-f604-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_797258

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