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Frank Robbins Cartoons

An inventory of his cartoons at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Robbins, Frank, 1917-
Title: Frank Robbins Cartoons
Inclusive Dates: 1963-1966.
Quantity: 8 linear ft.
Abstract: 1090 original cartoons from the comic strip Johnny Hazard.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
http://scrc.syr.edu

Biographical History

Frank Robbins (1917-1994) was an American cartoonist, illustrator and painter.

Born in Boston in 1917, Robbins' artistic talents came to the fore early in life. By the time he was in his mid-teens, he had already received numerous recognitions, including a Rockefeller grant and scholarships to the Boston Museum and the National Academy of Design in New York. His early professional endeavors included working as an assistant to Edward Trumbull on his NBC building murals, and cranking-out promotional materials for RKO pictures. In 1939, he was hired by the Associated Press to take over the existing Scorchy Smith aviation adventure strip. His work on the strip was much noted and became the impetus for the launch of his own aviation adventure, Johnny Hazard, by King Features Syndicate.

Johnny Hazard first appeared in June of 1944. Initially a pilot with the Army Air Corps during World War II, Johnny quickly followed Steve Canyon, Scorchy and others into post-War freelance adventure work. Robbins' stories were usually global in scope, and like many other strips in the genre, grew increasingly focused over the years on Cold War themes. Johnny Hazard ran until 1977.

In additional to his prominent comic strip work, Frank Robbins was an active magazine illustrator, placing work in many of the major venues including Life, the Saturday Evening Post and Look magazine. Robbins also lent his hand to the comic book trade, working variously over the years on such titles as Batman, The Flash, Captain America and Ghost Rider. Robbins abandoned illustration and cartoon work in 1977, moving to Mexico to dedicate himself to painting fulltime. Robbins exhibited his paintings throughout his career, and his work has appeared in many prominent museums and galleries, including the Corcoran Gallery, the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center. Frank Robbins died in 1994.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Frank Robbins Cartoons collection contains 934 original daily and 156 original Sunday cartoons from the comic strip Johnny Hazard (1963-1966). Daily cartoon: traces of graphite, opaque white, brush, pen and ink on illustration board, approx. 7 ¼ x 23 ¼ in. Sunday cartoon: traces of graphite, opaque white, brush, pen and ink on illustration board, approx. 18 x 26 in.

Daily strips and Sunday strips run on separate plot continuities. Continuities in chronological order, as titled by the artist, are listed below. Some runs are incomplete, so please consult the detailed inventory for specific holdings.Daily continuities

    Daily continuities
  • "Wheel and Deal" (4 Feb 1963 - 27 Apr 1963)
  • "My Son the Millionaire" (29 Apr 1963 - 20 Jul 1963)
  • "The Mink-Lined Nest" (23 Jul 1963 - 12 Oct 1963)
  • "Mysterious Friend" (14 Oct 1963 - 4 Jan 1964)
  • "A Gift for Florian" (6 Jan 1964 - 28 Mar 1964)
  • "Extortion Inc." (30 Mar 1964 - 27 Jun 1964)
  • "Traders in Death" (29 Jun 1964 - 19 Sep 1964)
  • "Alphabet Soup" (21 Sep 1964 - 26 Dec 1964)
  • "Operation Beardles" (28 Dec 1964 - 20 Mar 1965)
  • "Tell It to Telstar" (22 Mar 1965 - 29 May 1965)
  • "Operation Trojan Horse" (30 Aug 1965 - 20 Nov 1965)
  • "Rescue Inc." (22 Nov 1965 - 19 Feb 1966)
  • "The Many Faces of Henry Clay" (21 Feb 1966 - 21 Mar 1966)
Sunday continuities
    Sunday continuities
  • "Capone Squadron" (6 Jan 1963 - 13 Jan 1963)
  • "Operation Bodyguard" (20 Jan 1963 - 5 May 1963)
  • "The Diamond Mountain" (12 May 1963 - 25 Aug 1963)
  • "Disaster Area" (1 Sep 1963 - 8 Dec 1963)
  • "Head-Locked Secret" (15 Dec 1963 - 22 Mar 1964)
  • "Sentimental Journey" (5 April 1964 - 19 Jul 1964)
  • "Fatal Lure" (26 Jul 1964 - 8 Nov 1964)
  • "Commando Isle" (15 Nov 1964 - 7 Mar 1965)
  • "Tea for Two?" (14 Mar 1965 - 20 Jun 1965)
  • "The Big Gamble" (4 Jul 1965 - 3 Oct 1965)
  • "Cargo Cult" (17 Oct 1965 - 30 Jan 1966)
  • "The Kono Affair" (6 Feb 1966 - 27 Feb 1966)

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Arrangement of the Collection

Daily and Sunday cartoons are arranged separately in chronological order.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this material.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has collections of over one hundred cartoonists. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

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Subject Headings

Persons

Robbins, Frank, 1917-

Corporate Bodies

King Features Syndicate.

Associated Titles

Johnny Hazard (comic strip)

Subjects

Adventure stories -- Comic books, strips, etc.
American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Cartoonists -- United States.
Cold War -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Cartoons (humorous images).

Occupations

Cartoonists.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Frank Robbins Cartoons,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Frank Robbins, 1966.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: WHL/CAD
Date: April 1984
Revision history: 11 Dec 2008 - converted to EAD (MD); 19 Feb 2009 - revised (MD)

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Inventory

Johnny Hazard cartoons (1090 items)
Click here for detailed inventory.
Daily cartoons
Box 1 1 Jan 1963 - 27 Apr1963 (93 items)
Box 2 29 Apr1963 - 12 Oct 1963 (127 items)
Box 3 14 Oct 1963 - 28 Mar 1964 (128 items)
Box 4 30 Mar 1964 - 15 Aug 1964 (118 items)
Box 5 17 Aug 1964 - 26 Dec 1964 (112 items)
Box 6 28 Dec 1964 - 29 May 1965 (127 items)
Box 7 21 Jun 1965 - 20 Nov 1965 (128 items)
Box 8 22 Nov 1965 - 21 Mar 1966 (101 items)
Sunday cartoons
Oversize 1 6 Jan 1963 - 19 Jul 1964 (76 items)
Oversize 2 26 Jul 1964 - 27 Feb 1966 (80 items)

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