Saturday, 18 December 2010
Eddie Elephant by Holly Chambers
Cartoon Snap has a few pages of this rather bizarre-looking funny animal comic from the 40's.
Just as interesting is this piece of biographical information provided by Milton Knight about the artist :
“It's Holly Chambers! (Holly was his middle name; I think his first name began with an E.) My late friend, Howie Post, used to share a studio with him and had several vivid tales to tell: he described Chambers as a handsome, charismatic "psychotic" who could walk out with a bar stool and stare down the bartender with a "what are you going to do about it?"
Post also revealed that Chambers was a heroin addict who could shoot up and complete a comic book overnight: "Who needs women when you have this??"
As colorful as his comics, that was Holly Chambers. Howard lost track of him in the 50s, and suspected that he was "rubbed out" by his drug connections.”