Saturday, August 9, 2008

Captain Vincible

We'll get back to Kelly & Duke in a bit. But first...

Some of you may remember my post on the comic book format that some newspapers used to print their Sunday comics back in the '80s (and, in rare cases, the early '90s). Probably the one blog post that got the most feedback, with Kelly & Duke second.

You may also remember about the box full of Sunday comics sections from the '90s that I've recieved on mail, some of which I scanned. Well, inside the package was another set of Sunday comic books. This time, from Mansfield, OH News Journal.

I've thought of scanning all the pages from one of the books, but I opted not to, because their selection of comics were not as interesting as the Norwich one. However, this set of books did feature one particular strip that I thought was worth posting. So today, I finally decided to get around to do a post about it.

Captain Vincible, by Ralph Smith, was distributed by King Features and ran from 1983 to 1989.

As far as I know, it was about a guy who dressed up as a super hero, along with his sidekick dog, who doesn't do much. The guy has no super power, hence the name. In fact, he doesn't even act like a superhero much. He seems to dress up just for the hell of it. Can't get any better than that.

Smith's bio can be seen here, but basically, he is/was an editorial cartoonist based in Sarasota, FL. He had another strip called Through Thick and Thin, which was syndicated by Copley News Service until 2007 (just about everyone missed its run, because Copley was so bad at syndicating strips). He currently writes for Bill Schorr's The Grizzwells, which is still syndicated through Newspaper Enterprise Association.

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