RED RYDER Comics and his creator; Daisy Air Gun; 1940’s Advertisements and a CHRISTMAS Story
1942 Original Magazine AD for a Daisy toy Rifles: also mentions “SUPERMAN film shots seen on a Picture Pistol” (like the later Viewmaster!)
Ed owns 2 Cool original full page 1940 era Ads for the always popular Daisy Air Rifle, licensed to be associated with famed Comic Western Hero RED RYDER. DAISY as a toy manufacturer made several cool products, as the ads show!
Daisy air rifles are recognizable for the role they play in the annual Holiday Classic film “A Christmas Story”
Over the years, Ed has picked up several items that feature Red Ryder–he developed an affinity for the character after meeting and becoming quite friendly with Shirley Laswell, the wife/widow of Steve Slesinger, who helped create the Western Hero RED RYDER.
Contact us for a list of these issues: we do have them inventoried and will consider a Private sale to an interested buyer!
Steve Slesinger & Shirley’s bio is availab le to read in wiki; Ed has edited a montage version (above) and the montage below describes HIS interactions with Shirley Lasswell and her family!
The above Montage deals with Shirley’s 2nd COMIC STRIP spouse; Fred Laswell. Here is a genuine “one-of-a kind”: a business card personalized to Crazy Ed from FRED LASWELL, famous for 50 years of strip work with comic characters (originally Barney Google): they lived in a Hillbilly rural town called HOOTIN’ HOLLER. 1st appeared in comic panels in 1919; in 1934 Snuffy Smith was introduced. The strip was drawn in syndicated comics by Fred Lasswell beginning in 1942; he continued to draw the strip until his death in March 2001. Lasswell was great with sight gags; he really developed the various hillbilly characters of Hootin’ Holler.
Some historic highlights:
- In 1963, Fred Lasswell won the coveted National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award as “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year,” as well as the award for “Best Humor Strip Cartoonist.”
- In 1984, Lasswell was presented the NCS’ Elzie Segar Award for his unique and outstanding contributions to the profession of cartooning.
- The book “Barney Google and Snuffy Smith: 75 Years of An American Legend” by Brian Walker was published in 1994.
- In 1995, Barney Google and Snuffy Smith became one of a few historical comic strips to be honored on a special set of U.S. postage stamps.
The strip is still produced today. This internet spot (thank you! Comics Kingdom) keeps current with the strip:
Ed’s archives of Baby Boomer memorabilia proudly pairs Mr Laswell’s card with the Golden Age comic you see alongside.
Shirley Lasswell was married to Fred when Ed met them both in 1993; her business card is saved with Crazy Ed’s Red Ryder collection. This interesting, lively and business-minded woman had wed 2 very renowned creators of animated characters!