New York Herald Tribune Syndicate
|New York Herald Syndicate|
|Fate||merged into Publishers Syndicate|
|Headquarters||230 West 41st Street,|
|Products||Comic strips, newspaper columns|
|Owners||Reid Family (1924–1958)|
John Hay Whitney (1958–1966)
The New York Herald Tribune Syndicate was the syndication service of the New York Herald Tribune. Syndicating comic strips and newspaper columns, it operated from c. 1914 to 1966. The syndicate's most notable strips were Mr. and Mrs., Our Bill, Penny, Miss Peach, and B.C. Syndicated columns included Walter Lippmann's Today and Tomorrow (c. 1933–1967), Weare Holbrook's Soundings, George Fielding Eliot's military affairs column, and John Crosby's radio and television column. Irita Bradford Van Doren was book review editor for a time.
The Syndicate's first comic strip of note was Clare Briggs' Mr. and Mrs., which debuted in 1919. Harry Staton became the editor and manager of the Syndicate in 1920; other notable strips which launched in the 1920s included Harrison Cady's Peter Rabbit, Charles A. Voight's Betty (which had originated with the McClure Syndicate), Crawford Young's Clarence, and H. T. Webster's The Timid Soul (which had originated with the New York World). All of those strips had long syndication runs of at least 25 years.
Strips launched by the Herald Tribune Syndicate in the 1930s included Dow Walling's Skeets and Harry Haenigsen's Our Bill, both of which had long runs. H. T. Webster's arrival in 1931 led to a rotating roster of cartoon features: The Timid Soul was seen on both Sunday and Monday. Youth's glories (The Thrill That Comes Once in a Lifetime) and the downside (Life's Darkest Moment) appeared on Saturdays and Tuesdays. On Wednesday, The Unseen Audience offered satirical jabs at radio. How to Torture Your Husband (or Wife) was published each Thursday, and the week ended with Bridge on Fridays.
Strips begun in the 1940s included Haenigsen's Penny and Leslie Charteris & Mike Roy's The Saint. Buell Weare stepped in as the Syndicate business manager in 1946 and Harold Straubing was comics editor c. 1946-1954. In the period 1947–1948, the Syndicate tried out a number of weekly filler strips, none of which were particularly successful.
In 1963, New York Herald Tribune publisher John Hay Whitney (who also owned the Chicago-based Field Enterprises) acquired the Chicago-based Publishers Syndicate, merging Publishers' existing syndication operations with the New York Herald Tribune Syndicate, Field's Chicago Sun-Times Syndicate, and the syndicate of the Chicago Daily News (a newspaper that had been acquired by Field Enterprises in 1959). When the New York Herald Tribune folded in 1966, Publishers inherited the Tribune Syndicate's strips, including B.C., Miss Peach, and Penny.
N.Y. Herald Tribune Syndicate strips and panels
- B.C. by Johnny Hart (1958–1966) — still running; now syndicated by Creators Syndicate
- Betty by Charles Voight (April 4, 1920–1943) — Sunday-only strip; acquired from the McClure Syndicate
- Bodyguard / Ben Friday / Bantam Prince by Lawrence Lariar and John Spranger and Carl Pfeufer (May 2, 1948–February 28, 1954)
- Clarence (1921–1948) originally by Crawford Young (1921–1929), then Weare Holbrook and Frank Fogarty (1929–1948)
- Coogy by Irving Spector (1951–1954)
- Dudley D. by Dave Gantz (1961–1963; continued until 1964 by Publishers Syndicate)
- The Duke and The Duchess by Kin Platt (April 20, 1952–April 18, 1954) — weekly filler strip
- G. Whizz Jr. by Bill Holman (c. 1924-c. 1931) — also known as Gee Whiz Junior and simply Junior
- Jeanie by Selma Diamond and Gill Fox, and later art by Leon Winik (August 26, 1951–September 27, 1953)
- Jeff Crockett by Mel Casson (March 8, 1948–1952)
- Miss Peach by Mell Lazarus (1957–1966; continued by the Field Syndicate and later Creators)
- Mr. and Mrs. (1919–1963) originally by Clare Briggs (1919–1930); then by Arthur Folwell, Frank Fogarty & Ellison Hoover (1930–1947); then by Kin Platt (1947–1963)
- Our Bill by Harry Haenigsen (March 6, 1939–1966)
- Penny by Harry Haenigsen (1943–1966; continued until 1970 by Publishers Syndicate and Publishers-Hall)
- Peter Rabbit by Harrison Cady and later Vincent Fago (August 15, 1920–1957)
- Peter Piltdown / Pookie by Mal Eaton (December 22, 1947–February 29, 1948) — weekly filler strip
- Poor Arnold's Almanac by Arnold Roth (1959–1961)
- The Saint by Leslie Charteris and Mike Roy, and later John Spranger, Bob Lubbers, and Doug Wildey (September 27, 1948–September 16, 1961)
- Shaggy by "Gould" (October 7, 1945–July 11, 1948) — weekly filler strip
- Silver Linings by Harvey Kurtzman (March 7, 1948–June 20, 1948)
- Skeets by Dow Walling (1932–1951)
- Specs by R. Gustafson (May 12, 1946–May 25, 1947) — weekly filler strip
- The Timid Soul / Caspar Milquetoast by H. T. Webster (1931–1953) — originated with the New York World in c. 1924
- Tizzy by Mal Eaton (1947–1948)
- "Writings of Walter Lippmann". C-SPAN. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
- "Briggs Succumbs: Clare Briggs, Cartoon Genius, Dies at 54," Editor & Publisher (Jan. 11, 1930). Archived at "News of Yore 1930," Stripper's Guide. Accessed Dec. 1, 2017.
- Kluger, Richard (1986). The Paper: The Life and Death of the New York Herald Tribune. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 9780394508771. OCLC 13643103, p. 214.
- "Syndicate Executives Profiled: Who's Who Among Leading U.S. Syndicate Executives," Editor & Publisher (Sept. 7, 1946). Archived at "News of Yore 1946," Stripper's Guide.
- Markstein, Don. "Betty," Toonopedia. Accessed Dec. 6, 2017.
- Crawford Young bio, Lambiek's Comiclopedia. Accessed Dec. 23, 2017.
- Knoll, Edwin. "H. T. Webster Dies; 7 Months' Panels Done," Editor & Publisher (Sept. 27, 1952). Archived at Stripper's Guide. Accessed Nov. 26, 2018.
- "Dow Walling and the Comic World Of Skeets," Whatnot Museum. Accessed Dec. 23, 2017.
- Guide to the Harry Haenigsen Papers 1920-1970, Northwest Digital Archives
- "Average Man," Time, Monday, November 26, 1945.
- Reynolds, Moira Davison. Comic Strip Artists in American Newspapers, 1945-1980. McFarland, 2003.
- Schelly, Bill. Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America, (Fantagraphics Books, 2015), p. 108.
- Harold Elk Straubing papers, 1935-1993, Rocky Mountain Online Archive. Accessed Dec. 6, 2017.
- Roberts, Sam. "Mell Lazarus, Cartoonist of 'Miss Peach' and 'Momma,' Dies at 89," New York Times (MAY 25, 2016).
- Stetson, Damon. "Herald Tribune Is Closing Its News Service: But Meyer Says Columns That Appeared in Paper Will Be in Merged Publication," New York Times (June 24, 1966).
- Toni Mendez Collection
- Harvey, R.C. "Hare Tonic: Johnny Hart to Appear B.C.," The Comics Journal (March 22, 2012).
- Thomas Collins (April 26, 1987). "A boss who lets artists own the comics competitors call him a raider, 'but that implies that the talent is a caravan of slaves,' says the head of a new syndicate" (PDF). Newsday. p. 16. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 22, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
- Holtz, Allan. "Ink-Slinger Profiles: C.A. Voight," Stripper's Guide (October 22, 2013).
- Lawrence Larier entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999. Accessed Dec. 6, 2017.
- Gantz entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928–1999. Accessed Nov. 3, 2018.
- Knoll, Erwin. "HT Syndicate Offers Jeanie, New D&S Strip," Editor & Publisher (April 12, 1952). Archived at "News of Yore: Jeanie Strip to Debut - 1952," Stripper's Guide (February 13, 2008)
- Gill Fox entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999. Accessed Dec. 7, 2017.
- Leon Winik entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999. Accessed Dec. 7, 2017.
- Kin Platt entry, Lambiek's Comiclopedia. Accessed Dec. 7, 2017.
- Markstein, Don. "Mr. and Mrs.," Toonpedia. Accessed Dec. 23, 2017.
- Markstein, Don. "Peter Rabbit," Don Markstein's Toonpedia. Accessed Dec. 6, 2017.
- Mal Eaton entry, Lambiek's Comiclopedia. Accessed Dec. 7, 2017.