16 May 2014
Two cartoons that take different angles on Sherlock Holmes: a parody and a particular moment in a boy’s life.
Start with the latter first: a piece by H.T. Webster (1885-1952), the most famous cartoonist in America.
Yes, this is your Grampa Bill talkin’, only this time it’s about someone who was once famous that even I didn’t know existed.
How famous was he?
How about “making-the-cover-of-Time-magazine-famous”:
Webster’s Wikipedia page will give you the details. Suffice to say that his syndicated panels of “The Timid Soul” and “Life’s Darkest Moments” ran for nearly 3 decades, from the 1920s to the 1950s, and when his run was over, he vanished. Make of that what you will.
But he did leave one bit of Sherlockiana behind: this panel from his book “The Best of H.T. Webster.”
The second cartoon, “Sherlock Holmes Analyzes a Perfect Stranger,” is by John T. McCutcheon and appeared in a 1903 edition of The Bookman, the magazine from which we drew a parody: “The Bound of the Astorbilts.”
The cartoon will appear larger if you click on it.
And remember, Sherlock Holmes parodies and pastiches published during Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s lifetime (plus later ones I liked) — are published here every Monday and Friday. The up-to-date list can be found here.