Vic Green Houston Comic Cartoon Hero from WW2 Vintage Sleaze
Vic Green is so obscure, it hurts. I don't mean when I laugh, although there are a considerable number of good laughs in this booklet. Imagine a slightly warped Bill Mauldin and you'll be close, although Mauldin was certainly closer to the action, as Vic was back home in Texas. On the other hand, Mauldin didn't do dirty jokes like Vic!
As you can see, Vic produced and sold a series of his splendid sleazy cartoons to servicemen overseas during the big one. Not only that, he made it easy by also producing mailing envelopes which could go right to the soldier. I suppose there are so few around today because they would have been passed from lonely soldier to soldier like a rare piece of actual toilet paper...and in my mind's eye I can see groups of them peering over the lucky recipient's shoulder as he read it first. Vic also wrote and printed some songs for the boys, each to be sung to a familiar tune, so all the troops could join in, and I am sure they did. Can you imagine what a treat it would have been at mail call to receive a digest-sized envelope full of gags from home like this?
Victor couldn't have made much money on these pamphlets, but I am sure he made ANY soldier who received one very, very happy indeed. There were heroes on the home front as well, and in his own, special, talented way, Victor Green was one of them. A bit racist, but then there seems to be plenty of them around still. Best yet, Vic was trippy, quirky and berserky!
Victor J. Green had a Sunday comic strip for a few years after the war called "Willie Dee" which baseball and Birmingham, Alabama documentarian Boyd Nation calls "loathsome" so at least he had that going for him! Any art which evokes a response is good, and "loathsome" is certainly a response. I found a website selling a clipped copy of the original strip from 1949...for a dollar. Fortunately, Allan Holtz on his Stripper's Guide site has printed a few, and the best information by far about the artist is found on his site (scroll down to the end). As has happened to me with some forgotten artists, family members found his post and sent in some biographical information, and Vic sounds like quite a guy, as if you couldn't tell from the illustrations. He sold comics to the Houston Post, where he lived his whole life. Imagine Houston in the 1940s. The entry I find indicates he lived from 1915 to April Fools Day, 1989. How good is that?
He also drew and printed a giant souvenir Texas dollar bill! I'm going to find one.
Vic Green's Left-Overs Number One 1945 Collection Victor Minx
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