For the first time, a batch of these in-house promo pieces (below) without the one-eyed sailor himself! We do get a panel plugging the first color Popeye one-reeler, Her Honor the Mare, sans Popeye. For once it accurately reflects the drawing style of the picture with this recreation very much inspired by the animated cartoon’s Jim Tyer layouts.
The same can’t be said for the depiction of the “Coming Noveltoon,” The Henpecked Rooster, with its ersatz Herman the Mouse. Given this advertising goof and how wildly off-model Herman was routinely depicted in the Dell Comics drawn by Walt Kelly, it makes me wonder if there was weak interaction between the departments and licensing. Probably a combination of that and no one really caring at the time.
Throughout the ’40s issues of Paramount Sales News, I did see quite a few mentions of George Pal and his Puppetoons, but must admit I didn’t look terribly closely (I’m not a fan of stop-motion). This October 21 example caught my eye though, with the photo of Pal, the Dutch government, and some thoroughly depressed woman posing as “exotic” cheesecake.
Lulu’s first cartoon, Eggs Don’t Bounce (above), was released on December 24th 1943. Preceding that roughly a month earlier was the first “Blackie” cartoon, the first of Noveltoon series, No Mutton Fer Nuttin’ on November 26th 1943. Here it is below. Famous Studios has now fully arrived!