Sunday, July 12, 2009

More on Ben Solomon

It's always great when you can put a face to a name in the animation credits.

Here's a shot of Ben Solomon (more on him here and here) that was clipped from a 1939 group photo of the Johnson crew taken at the Fleischer's Miami studio. (I'll post the complete photo at a future date) Note he has autographed his name beside his picture in light blue pen.

Biography from Fleischer's Animated News

Following is a clip of Solomon's animation from a fan favorite and arguably one of the best Popeye cartoons produced by the Famous Studio - 'We're on Our Way to Rio' . (de facto directed by Jim Tyer)


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Mark Mayerson said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of that photo.

Andy said...

I wouldn't argue that 'Rio' is one of the best Famous'

J. J. Hunsecker said...

I like the multiple leg action when Popeye dances.

This has nothing to do with the topic at hand, but the band members in that clip give me the creeps.

J.V. (AKA "White Pongo") said...

I kind of thought it may have been a custom stamp Solomon used to affix his signature. I've seen this used in some contemporary studios.

Mitch K said...

I LOVE how Popeye spins as he falls at the end. I'd never be able to get away with that on a show!

Mark said...

I worked with Ben at Topps for many years and would upon occasion try to get him to talk about his animation & comic book days.. he was usually pretty reluctant. He was clearly tickled though when I showed him the anecdote that Shamus Culhane wrote about him in TALKING ANIMALS. He clearly had alot of respect for Shamus.

Ted said...

Popeye v1 is showing up very cheaply at Big Lots: