As has been noted previously on this blog, aÂ color SundayÂ Barnaby ran from 1946 to 1948 – apt, because when in 1942Â Crockett Johnson showed cartoonist (and PM Art Editor) Charles Martin a Sunday strip, Martin then shared the strip withÂ PM Comics Editor Hannah Baker. Â She decided to run it, beginning Barnaby‘s ten-year run. Â Apart from these Sunday strips, Barnaby ran six days a week – Monday through Saturday. Â Courtesy of the generous Colin Myers, here’s a Sunday Barnaby from 64 years ago – March 2, 1947 – commemorating the transition from February to March.
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You’ll note that the author of the script is Ted Ferro, and the artist is Jack Morley. Â Morley does a good job of approximating Johnson’s precise line, but Ferro’s wit is not as sharp Â – though, to be fair, few people had a wit that measured up to Johnson’s. Â Recognizing the lesser standard of the Morley-Ferro Barnaby, Johnson in 1948 resumed writing the words himself, though he left the art to Morley.