The rest of the posts in this series will include this note (or a similar note) at the beginning. You probably can skip this note if you already have read it. But as a reminder, as mentioned in the note, all images in this series on The Dreams of Pipe, the Fan come from the “Chronicling America” website of the Library of Congress.
The Dreams of Pipe, the Fan was Frank Godwin’s first comic-strip. I probably should say “apparently his first,” but at least it is the earliest known at this time. It ran in The Evening Star (and The Sunday Star, which was the Sunday version of the evening paper). The Sunday paper, for the period during which Godwin produced drawings for that paper (apparently 1907-1910), generally had about three times as many pages as the evening paper, and it included a Sunday magazine.
The present series of posts is an attempt by me to discuss all of the episodes of The Dreams of Pipe, the Fan that I have been able to locate in the Chronicling America website of the Library of Congress. All of the images shown in this series were extracted by me from that website. This series is addressing the strips one at a time, in chronological order.
As I said in an earlier post, a blog is not the ideal way of discussing the strip and reproducing examples of it. After I have finished the series of posts, I may issue a booklet including the entire series of strips, along with a revised version of the discussion.
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The eighth episode of Frank Godwin’s comic-strip The Dreams of Pipe, the Fan was published in The Evening Star for May 31, 1910.
It can be difficult to coordinate the actual games played by the Washington Senators with the appearances of The Dreams of Pipe, the Fan. It can be done, but it takes a lot of time (for me, anyway). But I have the impression that to some degree Godwin did connect the two. The May 31 strip deals with a game played in New York, and the page on which the strip appears deals with a double-header of the Senators versus the New York Highlanders.
The fourth panel refers to the “dropped third-strike” concept (in the pros and certain other leagues). Briefly, if the catcher muffs a third-strike (and there are two outs or no runner on first), the batter is then a runner. That simplifies the rules a bit. (See this Wikipedia article. Also this website.)
Looks like Pipe does not touch all the bases, but oh, well.
This strip is a pretty nice display of Godwin’s cartooning capabilities. He selects just the right details to portray, and all of the drawings have nice compositions, especially the final panel. Also, Godwin pulls maximum impact from relatively simple drawings.
February 15, 2018