ED BLACK'S CARTOON FLASHBACK


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This Roy Hearn cartoon appeared in the Canton, Ohio Repository Thursday, September 13, 1956, at the start of the new football season. Canton is a football town; in fact it is where professional football began in 1916. It is also the location of the Professional Football Hall of Fame. In 1955, the Canton McKinley High School Bulldogs won the state championship and in this new season, all of their opponents -- the Tigers, Lions, bears, Gladiators, Aviators and leopards -- are out to upend them.

At the Canton, Ohio, Repository in 1956, Roy Hearn was assigned the Sunday panel, "My Big Thrills" which highlighted the careers of Canton-area football and basketball coaches. In this feature, a young Roy Hearn began to exercise his cartoon and design muscles, qualities which would serve him well later at the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Both "My Big Thrills and "People You Should Know" ran in the Sunday editions. It was rare to see a Hearn cartoon on weekdays, but they did appear on occasion. The information for "My Big Thrills" was probably gathered by a sports writer, then turned over to Roy to transform into a cartoon panel.

Roy Hearn's first cartoon for the Plain Dealer didn't appear until Sunday, August 7, 1960. He joined the paper in June, 1960. The cartoon illustrated a local story about a G.I. home on leave, whose duffel bag containing his uniforms and civilian clothes was stolen from the Cleveland Greyhound Bus station.


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Roy Hearn used two attention-arresting methods for this cartoon for the Plain Dealer on July 26, 1962 for an article on the future of grocery shopping. He drew animation-like pictures and he put the figure in a black dress.

A Roy Hearn cartoon for Saturday, November 17, 1962, appeared at the top of an unusual story about a 22 year-old woman who thought she was turning into her driveway when she actually turned onto a railroad track, became stuck with the train heading in her direction. The engineer stopped the train in time. No one was hurt and that enabled Roy to add a little humor to the unusual situation.

Roy Hearn did these realistic portraits of some of those who were speakers at the Cleveland City Club Forums for 50 years up to the day the article and drawing were printed Sunday, November 25, 1962.

Roy Hearn's bold brushwork for an article on female behavior (written by a female feature writer, by the way) was sure to get the attention of the readers on Sunday, May 19, 1965.

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