Saturday, September 30, 2006

Orestes Calpini


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.

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