Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Stocking Stuffers

Irv Spector's posthumous holiday gift for you (not to be confused with the Phil Spector record album of near similar title) these orphaned drawings are looking for a home. Most are nameless and culled from folders and envelopes without label. Lacking mates in their own little cubelike environment, they've no recourse but to band together into a post of their own. Won't you hang them from your mantelpiece this holiday season?

(all images enlarge, of course)
Three 1950's Paramount. This first drawing is probably inspired by something he was working on at the time and drawn for his own amusement, since there's no screen frame around it and it's signed at the bottom.

Was on the outside looking in at Sir Irving and Sir Jeames.

No idea, but after reading the caption I must know the rest.

Phone doodles. After scanning this today I noticed
my name on it (bottom left of the owl scene). That
dates it late-period Spector (1970s).

Just for the sake of drawing?

Write your own caption. I say something about golf.

Some conception.
At first glance this appears like The Bear That Wasn't but I'm pretty sure it's not. Different box among items with similar ink style from much earlier. You'll see what I mean when we rouse Bear out of hibernation in a future post.
From the real Horton Hears A Who.
Might be the only one I have. That's why it's here.

I hope everyone's having a decently fine holiday season!


J Lee said...

The first drawing is from "Top Cat" -- not the H-B series, but the 1960 cartoon that your day worked on with Eddie Lawrence, trying to create a Cary Grant-like title character for a short-lived series (since the bosses at the studio, in their infinite wisdom, had left Kneitel & Co. with no continuing characters with the sale to Harvey). The characters are J.C. Bandwagon ("Head of Blockbuster pictures") and a woman on the street he's eying as his next starlet. He's in jail in the scene following this one, which was a recurring gag in the cartoon.

The second drawing is the bank teller/embezzler ordering fish at a Miami Beach restaurant in 1958's "Greatful Gus" (after he's send Gus out to sea and ends up with him inside the fish on his dinner table). One of the best of the late 50s Noveltoons (and one that looks and moves a lot like -- but sounds way, way better than -- the CinemaScope Terrytoons Dave Tendlar would make just after leaving Paramount to work for Gene Deitch).

J Lee said...

(Wow, Typo City in that last post -- it should be "dad" instead of "day" in the first sentence, and "sent" instead of "send" in the second paragraph)

Happy holidays, Paul.

eeTeeD said...

merry christmas to you, and many thanks for all the wonderful gifts that you share with us!

p spector said...

Thanks J, I knew I could count on you for the IDs. I actually have a mostly complete Cat storyboard that I will put up sometime next year. There were two Cat's that he worked on. I think this example must be an unnumbered extra that he didn't use -- it's slightly different in the boards.

Martin Juneau said...

Merry Christmas to you. Those drawings are remarkable. I love the Sir Irving and James, Bear That Wasn't and Horton doodle.