Tuesday, May 21, 2013

365 Days of DC House Ads, Day 141

House ad for The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis #1 (July-August 1952); printed in Here's Howie #4 (July-August 1952)
Ad designed and lettered by Ira Schnapp

And here's that cover in glorious four-color:

Cover of The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis #1 (July-August 1952), art by Howie Post (?) or Bob Oksner (?)

The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis featured cartoon versions of Dean 'n' Jerry (not to be confused with Tom & Jerry, or Ben & Jerry) in comedy stories of 2-3 chapters per issue, based on their screen personas. It's doubtful that Martin and Lewis had anything at all to do with the comics other than okaying their agents to license their names and likenesses, but I'd like to think they would have enjoyed it—it's actually pretty clever and funny.

Thanks to Jerry's horsing around, the pair are soon fired by their boss at the pastry factory, opening a position for Lucy Ricardo.

Oh, this won't end well.

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (and its later replacement, The Adventures of Jerry Lewis) are pretty sharp, well-cartooned, and genuinely funny, much like its companion DC title The Adventures of Bob Hope. It's just too bad that expired licensing restrictions keep these comics from being reprinted for today's audience. They're a hoot!


Jon Jermey said...

Their radio show was pretty good too:


Blam said...