Paramount planned on bringing Famous Studios back to New York almost from the word go. All in all, the experiment down south was largely considered a failure. Paramount’s plan to out-Disney Disney at animated features was a bust and most of the New York natives were glad to get out of the 24/7 sunshine.
February 3rd’s entry is rather grim—a lot of people were seeking laugher from Popeye to escape the harsh reality of World War II. Given the high level of the Famous product in its initial year, they were sure to get it.
This week’s batch also includes the first appearance of Dan Gordon “wise-guy” creation, Blackie, who would headline the upcoming Noveltoon series later in 1943. Both of the panels appear to be the unsigned work of animator Tom Golden.
We say farewell to Superman this week. In Paramount’s haste to scoop up the property, the executives failed to realize that the cartoons were so expensive that rentals would never recoup the costs fast enough to be profitable. Next week’s column will introduce another licensed character to the Famous roster, as well as the return of a Fleischer “favorite.”
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ABOVE: Too Weak To Work released March 19th, 1943; Jungle Drums released March 26th, 1943.