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Brownshoes In Action Comics!

HeyJoe

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I loved this. I spent quite some time tonight laughing my ass off at these cartoons. Thank You Mr Ward Carroll. And for you Pax bubbas.....go check out the cartoonist's band. They play at Cheeseburger in Paradise all the time.

http://safetycenter.navy.mil/MEDIA/approach/brownshoes/default.htm
Ward is indeed like a real life Buckaroo Banzai. So there I was in first year as Editor of Approach magazine and I get this letter (this was Old School era circa 1987) from a bored JO on cruise asking me if I was interested in his doodling. Seeing an advanced sense of humor that I thought would appeal to JOs (the target audience for the most part) I wrote back saying that I'd run it if he'd commit to a regular feature and give me enough to always have several in production and tied to themes I was working. And so it began....of course, i had to figure out how to get it past our really old school Chief of Staff (all issues go through front office approval, but because there is a contractual timeline, I only needed CoS, Deputy or the Admiral). So I tactically waited until a day that only the admiral was present and personally showed it to him with a "Trust me, the JOs will LOVE it!"...(luckily, he was a fighter guy and not hidebound like his front office O-6s) and they di d love it so began the adventures of Dangerboy.



Ward is as irreverant as they come and has an advanced sense of humor. When it came time to search for my relief, the admiral asked what I thought and I replied "There is only one guy you should consider, Ward". The problem was he had already rolled to shore duty less than a year prior so it would take two waivers at highest level in PERS-43. That's when success of Dangerboy paid off. The flag officer who had to approve the waicvers was Jay Johnson and he was a Dnagerboy fan. No problemo. Ward got the job and Dangerboy thrived.
 

Mumbles

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Dangerboy, Youthly Puresome, and Grampa Pettibone, the Triumvirate of classic cartoons of Naval Aviation.
 

Pugs

Back from the range
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Yep, Wards a funny guy. He instructed in VT-86 when I was there in 88. He worked in skeds IIRC and we'd get a strip on the sked occasionally.
 

HercDriver

Idiots w/boats = job security
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I love those comics...he captures so much truth in just a few panels. Wish he had a larger output, or there was someone to take up the mantle and continue the strip. I'm pretty sure I've read 'em all.

And his "Punks War" books are definitely worth reading.
 

brownshoe

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Ward is indeed like a real life Buckaroo Banzai. So there I was in first year as Editor of Approach magazine and I get this letter (this was Old School era circa 1987) from a bored JO on cruise asking me if I was interested in his doodling. Seeing an advanced sense of humor that I thought would appeal to JOs (the target audience for the most part) I wrote back saying that I'd run it if he'd commit to a regular feature and give me enough to always have several in production and tied to themes I was working. And so it began....of course, i had to figure out how to get it past our really old school Chief of Staff (all issues go through front office approval, but because there is a contractual timeline, I only needed CoS, Deputy or the Admiral). So I tactically waited until a day that only the admiral was present and personally showed it to him with a "Trust me, the JOs will LOVE it!"...(luckily, he was a fighter guy and not hidebound like his front office O-6s) and they di d love it so began the adventures of Dangerboy.



Ward is as irreverant as they come and has an advanced sense of humor. When it came time to search for my relief, the admiral asked what I thought and I replied "There is only one guy you should consider, Ward". The problem was he had already rolled to shore duty less than a year prior so it would take two waivers at highest level in PERS-43. That's when success of Dangerboy paid off. The flag officer who had to approve the waicvers was Jay Johnson and he was a Dnagerboy fan. No problemo. Ward got the job and Dangerboy thrived.
I started reading Approach in the mid 60's when I was in 44, just loved the humorous way safety issues were driven home. After my discharge I continued with a subscription from GPO. I stopped my subscription in the early 90's, Approach was no longer fun to read, it had become very somber. (Musta become PC like the rest of the Navy. :) )

During the years when you and Ward Carroll were the editors the magazine was still upbeat, you two had a way to drive home the serious issues of the day in a manner that was easy and enjoyable to read. BTW... Hank Caruso is a 'stitch' I just love his caricatures! He too helped to make the magazine upbeat.

Now, Dave could you and Ward 'click your heels' and go back in time? As you can see, I've saved my old issues.

Steve
 

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