Timid Soul

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A shaky hanger-on in American English’s crowd of eponyms (words derived from the surnames of real or fictional men and women) is milquetoast, a noun and adjective meaning “timid,” “weak,” or “unassertive.” The word is a play on milk toast, a breakfast dish that has been consumed since the Middle Ages or even earlier.* The player in this case was the New York Tribune cartoonist H. T. Webster, who in the 1920s built his cartoon strip The Timid Soul around a character he named Caspar Milquetoast – in Webster’s words, “the man who speaks softly and gets hit with a big stick.” Before long, milquetoast had entered our vocabulary to describe anyone or anything seemingly weak and ineffectual.

Not surprisingly, it didn’t take long for milquetoast to be misspelled as milktoast. (In 1959, syndicated advice-columnist Ann Landers began a response to a reader who complained that her husband was under the thumb of his domineering mother with, “Why don’t you put the blame where it belongs – right on Caspar Milktoast’s shoulders?”) Though the word is used less frequently today, the milktoast spelling has become increasingly common. Don’t know about you, but when it comes to the resolution of this burning issue I’m not averse to taking the same weak-kneed stance Caspar himself would doubtlessly choose: Let it be… Qué sera, sera… What, me worry?

Timid Soul 1937 Sundays

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Star Weekly

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The Star Weekly was a Canadian periodical published from 1910 until 1973. The publication was read widely in rural Canada where delivery of daily newspapers was infrequent.

Founded as the Toronto Star Weekly by Joseph E. Atkinson as a Canadian equivalent of British Sunday editions, it began as a 16-page publication. According to one retrospective, “Its weekly menu included feature articles about important issues of the day; offbeat, funny stories; sports features with big, bold photos that made the heroes of hockey, baseball and boxing jump right off the page and, each week, a condensed novel published in serial form, often by one of the most popular authors of the day.” A key feature of the magazine was its extensive section of colour comics which was inaugurated in 1913 and became a major driver of the publication’s circulation success.

In 1924, the Star Weekly absorbed the rival Sunday World to become the only weekend magazine in Toronto. In 1938, as a reflection of its national ambitions, the name became The Star Weekly. The publication included feature articles, fiction, recipes, sports, lifestyle articles, 20 pages of colour comics among other elements. At its peak, in the early 1960s, the magazine averaged 108 pages and sold over one million copies a week and also sold 30,000 copies in the United States.

In 1965, the Star Weekly went from being published by the Toronto Star alone to being published by Southstar Publishers, a consortium of the Toronto Star and Southam Press that also launched The Canadian as a weekend supplement and competitor to Weekend. Jointly, they produced The Canadian/Star Weekly as a newsstand edition for communities that did not receive a newspaper with The Canadian as a supplement while the Star Weekly served as a supplement in the Saturday edition of the Toronto Star.

In 1968, the Star Weekly was purchased outright by Southam and merged with its weekend supplement, The Canadian Magazine and continued to be published as The Canadian/Star Weekly, which was provided for free as a weekend supplement in the Saturday Star and also sold as a standalone on newspaper stands across the country for 20 cents. On December 26, 1973 the Star Weekly ceased publication entirely and The Canadian became the Toronto Star’s weekend supplement.

Until 1968, the Weekly shared many of the staff from the daily Toronto Daily Star. Notable contributors to the Star Weekly included Robert W. Service, Morley Callaghan, Ernest Hemingway, Arthur Lismer, Fred Varley, C.W. Jefferys, Sylvia Fraser, Nellie McClung, Robert Thomas Allen and Jimmy Frise, whose cartoon Bridseye Centre appeared in the magazine for several decades. The last editor of the original Star Weekly until its 1968 sale and merger was Peter Gzowski who later gained fame as a broadcaster. Pierre Berton was a frequent contributor and served as associate editor from 1958 to 1962.

Star Weekly Comics Section 1940-09-14

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Zimmie

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24 pages/strips Zimmie Various

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You know me Al

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You Know Me Al is a book by Ring Lardner, and subsequently a nationally syndicated comic strip scripted by Lardner and drawn by Will B. Johnstone and Dick Dorgan. The book consists of stories that were written as letters from a professional baseball player, Jack Keefe, to his friend Al Blanchard in their hometown of Bedford, Indiana.

Lardner scripted continuity for over 700 of the syndicated You Know Me Al pages/strips, but, as with his “Busher” stories, he soon grew tired of it, and quit writing continuity in January 1925. According to Richard Layman’s introduction to the Harvest collection of pages/strips, Lardner continued to receive credit on the strip until September 1925, “but it is clear he worked ahead very little and after the first of February the ideas are someone else’s.”

36 pages/strips You know me Al 1922-1924

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World’s Greatest Superheroes

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The World’s Greatest Superheroes was a syndicated newspaper comic strip featuring DC Comics characters which ran Sunday and daily from April 3, 1978 to February 10, 1985. It was syndicated by the Chicago Tribune/New York News Syndicate.

Initially starring Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Black Lightning, it underwent several title changes, as the focus changed to primarily feature Superman.

Writers: Martin Pasko scripted at the beginning. Paul Levitz took over October 15, 1979 until March 22, 1981, with his initial story coming from a Pasko idea. Gerry Conway then picked up the assignment. A continuity from Mike W. Barr followed, appearing October 26, 1981 through January 10, 1982. Paul Kupperberg handled continuities from January 11, 1982, until the end, including a segment from January 12 through March 12, 1981, that he ghosted for Levitz. Bob Rozakis wrote all but two of The Superman Sunday Special.

Artists: Initially dailies and Sundays were pencilled by George Tuska and inked by Vince Colletta. At various times from April 25 until November 13, 1982, the strip was worked on by Tuska, Colletta, José Delbo, Bob Smith, Frank McLaughlin and Sal Trapani. Delbo and Trapani then illustrated the feature from November 14, 1982 until the end.

293 pages/strips World’s Greatest Superheroes 1978
374 pages/strips World’s Greatest Superheroes 1979
111 pages/strips World’s Greatest Superheroes 1980
043 pages/strips World’s Greatest Superheroes 1981

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Willie Fibb

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12 pages/strips Willie Fibb 1911

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Willie Cute

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By Joseph A. Lemon, one of the anchormen of the McClure Syndicate Sunday sections.

Willie Cute ran in the C.J. Hirt copyrighted version of the McClure Sunday section from April 5 1903 to June 17 1906. The pages/strips were re-used in the section as late as 1912.

42 pages/strips Willie Cute 1904-1905

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When mother was a girl

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14 pages/strips When mother was a girl 1933-1935

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Wags the dog that adopts a man

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30 pages/strips Wags the dog that adopts a man 1905

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Van Swaggers

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16 pages/strips Van Swaggers 1926-1933

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