"The Hauntingly Beautiful Carol Day", by Christopher Killackey

For the Winter 2015 issue of the CFA APA, noted collector Chris Killackey wrote an excellent, informative article on the rediscovery of the Carol Day art and how it made its way to the US. The CFA APA has a limited circulation, so most Carol Day fans probably haven't seen it. I thought the article would be of great interest to visitors to the site, and Chris has graciously allowed us to post it here. Click here for the article. Thanks, Chris!

Carol Day in a Portuguese Political Newspaper
In the early 1970s Carol Day was one of several comic strips the Portuguese Jornal do Emigrante published, in which the original dialog was rewritten to express revolutionary political ideas.

Click here to view to see an example in a Portuguese political blog.

The text in the blog entry translates into English as follows: Influenced by the use of comics by the situacionists, the group publisher of Jornal do Emigrante, (in fact, one of the groups since the title of the newspaper was used by two distinct political sectors in the emigrant community, each competing for the legitimacy of its use - so there's 2 newspapers with the same name), published several comic strips, cartoons and caricatures using the original images and characters but giving them revolutionary phrases and plots. (Jornal do Emigrante, 10-11, May-June 1971.)

In English, the captions read as follows:

  1. Adam Boone: I'm fleeing the country. Just came to say goodbye to you.
  2. Carol Day: So, where are you going to?
  3. Adam Boone: My draft papers just arrived. I'm thinking of running away to France.
  4. Carol Day: You're running away to France?
  5. Adam Boone: Yes. I'll only come back to make the revolution. But soon you'll join me there. Till then!

MANY THANKS to Alberto Soares for forwarding this to us and for translating the blogger's note and the strip dialog!

The Carol Day Scrapbooks
As Carol Day was being published, David Wright collected tearsheets of the episodes from the Daily Mail and pasted them into a set of numbered scrapbooks. 11 of these scrapbooks are in the possession of David Wright's estate. Copies of #3 and #4 are in the collection of Michigan State University. The whereabouts of #12 and #13 are unknown.

Scrapbook #1 begins with episode #101, so the set of tearsheets unfortunately lacks the first Carol Day story.

The table below catalogs the content of the scrapbooks that we have seen. For scrapbooks we have not seen we have inferred the contents where it seemed reasonable. In these cases, we have noted "info presumed" in the Notes column.

Book # Strips Strips / Page Pages Size Color Notes
1 101-428 4 84 9.5 X 12.375 Green 1st, last pg blank
2 429-638 5 44 9.375 x 14.25 Blue 1st, last pg blank
3 639-848?         info presumed
4 849-1048?         info presumed
5 1049-1278 5 48 9.375 x 14.25 Red 1st, last pg blank
6 1279-1488 5 44 9.375 x 14.25   1st, last pg blank
7 1489-1698 5 44 9.375 x 14.25   1st, last pg blank
8 1699-1908 5 44 9.375 x 14.25 Blue 1st, last pg blank
9 1909-2118 5 44 9.375 x 14.25 Blue 1st, last pg blank
10 2119-2318 5 44 9.375 x 14.25 Red 1st, last pg blank
11 2319-2528 5 44 9.375 x 14.25 Blue 1st, last pg blank
12 2529-2738? 5 44 9.375 x 14.25   info presumed
13 2739-2948? 5 44 9.375 x 14.25   info presumed
14 2949-3158 5 44 9.375 x 14.25 Blue 1st, last pg blank
15 3159-3250 5 44 9.375 x 14.25 Blue 1st, last 24 pgs blank
Here are scans of scrapbooks 1, 6 and 7 to provide a feeling of the different types. Click image to enlarge.
Scrapbook #1 Scrapbook #6 Scrapbook #7
David Wright's Pinups
David Wright was Great Britain's foremost pinup artist during WWII. The Illustrated London News archive has a good presentation of nearly 200 of his pinups online. Click here to view it.
Miscellaneous Carol Day Strips by Kenneth Inns
Paul Trotter has kindly provided us with scans of some late Carol Days by Kenneth Inns.
#3704

Jan 14, 1969
#3705

Jan 15, 1969
#3706

Jan 16, 1969
#3811

 
#3998

Dec 27, 1969
#4407