Monday, December 09, 2013

The Casey Court of 71 years ago

Presented here for no other reason than it's a cracking piece of comic artwork, here's the Casey Court illustration that appeared on the top half of the back page of Chips this very week in 1942. Drawn by Albert Pease I believe. Click on the image to see the detail.


And if you want to see the one for the following issue, along with other examples from the same comic, I blogged about it a couple of years ago. See here for the link:
http://lewstringer.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/christmas-comics-chips-1942.html

4 comments:

Peter Gray said...

They are great period pieces...love seeing technology slowly coming into Casey's court...
One of the first busy picture weekly specials..I jst love this type of work...
Must of inspired so many artists including Leo Baxendale..

Lew Stringer said...

I'm sure Leo would have seen it, as Casey Court ran from 1902 until the last issue of Chips in 1953.

What I'm unsure of is whether it was inspired by the music hall act 'Casey's Court' or whether the music hall act was inspired by the comic.

Dave W said...

Lew, according to the late great Denis Gifford, the Casey Court vaudeville act toured the music halls of Britain from 1905,with Will Murray as Mrs.Casey.
The 1906 tour had a young Charlie Chaplin as Billy Baggs. So I think we can safely assume that the Casey Court comic strip was the inspiration for the music hall act.

It's really good to be able to read your blog again - it was much missed. All the best for the coming year.

Lew Stringer said...

Thanks Dave. Also, Chaplin allegedly once said that Weary Willie and Tired Tim were an inspiration for his world-famous tramp character.

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