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Ask the Archivist: MORE RYATTS BREAK OUT

During the lull in the action after the Vintage Madness had subsided, I thought I’d get out of the way a request that our friend Cephasatl made last March in response to The Ryatts.  He dared me to cough up some episodes from the post-Cal Alley era, namely those produced by Jack Elrod.

Since Elrod is probably more famous for taking over Mark Trail than taking over The Ryatts, we might technically tie this into our observation of that strip’s seventieth year anniversary. That and too, that Mr. Elrod passed away only this February, so we remark here that he had a very long and successful career. SEE:

http://kingfeatures.com/2016/02/jack-elrod-cartoonist-for-the-mark-trail-comic-strip-dead-at-91/

His tenure on the strip was from about 1965 to 1994, when it ended. I say “about 1965” because the transition from Cal Alley to Elrod was long and drawn out, so to speak. Apparently Alley was ill a lot, and put ghosts to work on The Ryatts starting in the early 1960s. I can’t tell which or how many he was using, but Elrod seems to be represented a lot in the non-Alley episodes in 1965 and 1966. Though the style was close, Alley had a much more fluid, animated style.

Alley and his ghost would come and go, without much pattern. He’d do a week here, Ghost/Elrod two there. But as time wore on, Alley did fewer and fewer, and stops sometime in 1967. Elrod started signing his work on 7 November 1966. He was soon fully responsible for both daily and Sunday production. Alley died in 1970.

Here are some 1966-71 samples of life in the Ryatt household under new management. The flavor of the series is still the same as before, and doubtless Alley might still have contributed gag ideas.

THE RYATTS: A full page promotion for The Ryatts from the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, 10 November 1968.
THE RYATTS: A full page promotion for The Ryatts from the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin,
10 November 1968.

 

THE RYATTS:  7 November 1966, 13 December 1966, 31 January 1967,  13 February 1967, 17 February 1967, 14 March 1967
THE RYATTS: 7 November 1966, 13 December 1966, 31 January 1967,
13 February 1967, 17 February 1967, 14 March 1967
THE RYATTS: 20 March 1967, 18 April 1967, 25 April 1967,  19 May 1967, 7 June 1967, 1 August 1967
THE RYATTS: 20 March 1967, 18 April 1967, 25 April 1967, 19 May 1967, 7 June 1967, 1 August 1967
THE RYATTS: 7 August 1967, 15 January 1968, 20 February 1968,  24 April 1968, 16 May 1968, 26 June 1968
THE RYATTS: 7 August 1967, 15 January 1968, 20 February 1968,
24 April 1968, 16 May 1968, 26 June 1968
THE RYATTS: 3 July 1968, 17 September 1968, 10 October 1968,  20 December 1968, 22 January 1969, 12 March 1969
THE RYATTS: 3 July 1968, 17 September 1968, 10 October 1968, 20 December 1968,
22 January 1969, 12 March 1969
THE RYATTS: 27 June 1969, 22 August 1969, 6 November 1969,  30 December 1969, 25 February 1970, 20 May 1970
THE RYATTS: 27 June 1969, 22 August 1969, 6 November 1969, 30 December 1969,
25 February 1970, 20 May 1970

 

THE RYATTS: 18 July 1970, 21 August 1970, 16 October 1970,  13 January 1971, 12 March 1971, 12 July 1971
THE RYATTS: 18 July 1970, 21 August 1970, 16 October 1970, 13 January 1971, 12 March 1971, 12 July 1971

 And now, on to our Mail Bag.

 TO Cephasatl-

Jungle Jim was indeed selected during the Vintage Madness voting. My colleagues are dusting off the digital files. It should be starting up in the very near future…

TO- hyhybt-

I don’t know of any 1970’s strip or comic book by the name of “The Doctor Is In”  Could you possibly be thinking of the United Feature title “Dr. Smock”?

Yours,

The King Features Archivist.

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