Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Buford Tune in College Humor, September 1937

Buford Tune (1906-1989) is best known as the creator of "Dotty Dripple," a comic strip which ran from 1944 to 1974 and resembled Chic Young's "Blondie." Two single-panel cartoons by Tune appear in the September 1937 issue of College Humor magazine. Both these cartoons derive their humor by confirming readers' suspicions about how powerful men take advantage of attractive women. In this world view, the behavior of both the casting director and the physician are governed by their libidos and answer to no professional code of conduct.

"Mr. Epworth is ready for your audition now!"
Buford Tune, College Humor, Vol. 6, No. 1, September 1937, page 40

"Isn't this a rather unusual prescription, doctor?"
Buford Tune, College Humor, Vol. 6, No. 1, September 1937, page 61

Note:  This Tune's got talent. Attempted Bloggery would like to show further examples of his published single-panel cartoons. Original cartoon art by Buford Tune. would be welcome too, of course.

Some biographical information on Tune can be found on Kees Kousemaker's Comiclopedia.

According to his capsule biography of the New Yorker cartoonist on Michael Maslin's Ink Spill, Tune is a member of the One Club for his single cartoon published in the issue of October 10, 1936.

This issue of College Humor is in the Steven Boss humor magazine collection at Columbia University where I photographed it. The Rare Book & Manuscript Library is home to some 5,600 humor magazines, more than anyone could ever hope to read, let alone photograph or blog about. Curator for Comics and Cartoons Karen Green can guide anyone to relevant parts of the collection. Don't get too far ahead of me now.

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