In May 1942, behind the scenes in Miami, the animators and personnel at Fleischer plant were told that Seymour Kneitel, Isadore Sparber, Sam Buchwald and Dan Gordon now would be running day-to-day production and that the studio would now be renamed Famous Studios.
On screen, Max and Dave still receive credit for the cartoons, and in the Paramount Sales News (despite the ongoing and expensive Superman series) Popeye continues to front the studio as its sole cartoon superstar.
This week’s batch of promotional print cartoons also includes something special: signed artwork! June 10’s edition is signed by cartoonist/storyman/comic writer Larz Bourne. May 6 and 13 and June 17 are also clearly his cartoony work. The profile of FDR is particularly impressive (in a topical gag referring to FDR having christened the secretly-located presidential retreat – today known as Camp David – a “Shangra-la”).
We’ll have a few more of Bourne’s in weeks to come, along with some by animator Tom Golden (unsigned). It appears once the changeover to Famous happened, these cartoons were just thrown to whoever was available, as opposed to an “assigned” artist as during at Fleischer regime.
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ABOVE: Many Tanks released May 15th, 1942