Today we continue our look at America’s favorite comics G.I. who is not Beetle Bailey, Sad Sack. We have two guest exhibits from Rick Beckham, books from 1944 and 1978 compiling his appearances in Yank Magazine, where he first appeared in 1942.
I would like to point out part of the text on the back cover of the 1944 hardcover: “His name and familiar, sagging likeness have decorated the sides of plans and tanks on every battlefront.” Long time readers of the Mercheum Blog might recall another guest exhibit, this one of a pin depicting Sad Sack bomber nose art.
Thanksgiving may still be several days away, but today I am giving thanks that the Harvey Mercheum has reached 150 exhibits, with the help of guest exhibitors such as Rick Beckham! I am finishing Rick’s contributions of Pepsi Collector Series glasses made by Brockway Glass with a character many people do not even realize was part of Harvey Comics, Sad Sack:
Step five makes the point of not conveying information with color alone, and goes on to cite hyperlinks as an example. Hyperlinks should be underlined to easily differentiate them from normal text. I realized that the Harvey Mercheum website was just using color to indicate a hyperlink, and decided to implement underlines. After some experimentation, I decided to only do this for the “content area” of the pages, in other words not the menus, sidebars or footer.
Once I decided upon the underlines and was already working with the website’s Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), I wanted a clearer way to indicate whether the hyperlink was internal or external. I mentioned early last year about how I checked to make sure all internal links open in the same tab, and external links open in a new tab. I read this post on wpmudev:
I love learning new (to me) technologies such as CSS, and I am always looking for ways to improve the Harvey Mercheum website. What do you think of these changes? Leave a comment below, or use the Contact the Curator form to let me know!
Back in February, I posted the Richie Rich Pepsi Collector Series glass that is in the permanent collection. I mentioned how these glasses were made by a company named Brockway Glass, and that six Harvey characters were made. I asked you, my readers, to help me with the other five, and Rick Beckham has now contributed four of them! Today we start with “Big” Baby Huey:
Wonder Books did not publish any books featuring Harvey characters in 1964. They resumed in 1965 with book 850 “Casper in Ghostland”. They published book 855 “Casper and Wendy Adventures” in 1969, then ceased publishing in 1977. Rick Beckham contributed both of these last books: