Saturday, September 30, 2006
Orestes Calpini was an animator who got his start at the Fleischer studio and continued working at Famous Studios until the late '40's. He was also a comic book artist in the '40's, working on Hillman's Punch and Judy Comics for editor Ed Cronin, himself a former Fleischer artist.
The Willard Bowsky-Orestes Calpini Popeyes are some of the most vigorous and nicely drawn of the series. Titles include Let's Get Movin' , Hold the Wire, The Paneless Window Washer, Organ Grinder's Swing, I Never Changes My Altitude, Plumbin' is a Pipe, A Date to Skate and Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba and His Forty Thieves.
The latest issue of The Comics Journal (#278) has an article on Calpini's comic book work by Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr, a leading comics historian, and reprints 35 pages of Calpini's comics in colour.