Ira Schnapp in ALL FUNNY COMICS

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ALL-FUNNY COMICS #1, Winter 1943. This and all images © DC Comics.

National (DC) Comics began this non-funny animal humor comic in 1943, first issue above. I don’t know who designed the logo, it was not Ira Schnapp, nor did he do the cover lettering on this or other early issues. Ira’s involvement began with issue #6 in 1944 in my opinion, around the same time he was starting to letter stories in other titles like ACTION and ADVENTURE. Schnapp seemed to thrive on humorous comics, perhaps in part because they were generally lighter on lettering, or it was just what appealed to him, and he lettered many covers and stories for all the company’s humor books.

ALL FUNNY COMICS #7, Summer 1945

The first cover I think Ira lettered is this one. It’s far from his later cover lettering style, which would develop over the next eight years, but the letter shapes seem right, and Ira sometimes did “bad” kid lettering like the this sign that really wasn’t bad at all. The sound effects also look like his work. I see Schnapp lettering on most of the rest of the covers.

ALL FUNNY COMICS #8, Fall 1945

Again, not Ira’s balloon shapes or later style, but the letters look right, as does the sound effect.

ALL FUNNY COMICS #9, Winter 1945

These slightly wider letters look even more like what Ira was doing on other DC work at the time.

ALL FUNNY COMICS #10, March-April 1946

This kind of very bold and square emphasis is not at all typical of Ira’s usual cover lettering, but perhaps it was pencilled that way by the artist. He did do similar work for stories in A DATE WITH JUDY beginning the following year. The smaller letters look like Schnapp.

ALL FUNNY COMICS #20, Nov-Dec 1947

By 1947, Ira’s cover lettering on this title is looking more like what he would do later.

ALL FUNNY COMICS #23, May-June 1948

The final issue has a word balloon by Schnapp, but he didn’t do the sign, it must be by the artist. To sum up, I see Ira Schnapp lettering on these covers: 7-16, 19-23. That’s 15 in all.

From ALL FUNNY COMICS #6, Fall 1944

The first inside story I see Ira’s lettering on is this four-pager by DC humor perennial Henry Boltinoff. It’s quite similar to what Schnapp was doing on other titles, with wider letters than he would use later, but already very even and regular. The letter M here has angled sides, something he didn’t usually do, but he was using that variation on the Batman newspaper strip. The only question mark, in the first balloon, is not his typical style, but he didn’t always follow that early on. It’s possible Ira might have lettered the Dover and Clover story in issue #5, but I’m not sure, so I’ll call this his first one.

From ALL FUNNY COMICS #7, Summer 1945

The same feature in issue #7 is even closer to Ira’s usual style of the time, including the question mark in the last panel. Henry Boltinoff was the brother of DC editor Murray Boltinoff, and his work appeared for decades.

From ALL FUNNY COMICS #8, Fall 1945

Hamilton and Egbert by Jimmy Thompson gains Schnapp lettering with issue #8. Thompson was a versatile artist best known at DC for his Robotman stories, which he lettered himself. His humor work is equally appealing.

From ALL FUNNY COMICS #8, Fall 1945

Thompson and Schnapp also teamed up on Two-Gun Percy, where Art Deco lettering was a theme they must have both liked. I think the logo and the HEY in the last panel were pencilled by Thompson and inked by Schnapp.

From ALL FUNNY COMICS #9, Winter 1945

More Art Deco work on this feature in issue #9. Again I think Thompson pencilled the sound effects and Ira inked them.

From ALL FUNNY COMICS #11, May-June 1946

ALL FUNNY was an anthology, like most DC titles, and features came and went. Ira lettered a few Genius Jones stories too.

From ALL FUNNY COMICS #12, July-Aug 1946

This story has a title style that Ira used often in the 1940s, but moved away from later.

From ALL FUNNY COMICS #18, July-Aug 1947

More impressive logo and title lettering from Thompson and Schnapp, this time in a circus style often used on old west stories.

From ALL FUNNY COMICS #19, Sept-Oct 1947

Peaceful Phil by Phil Berube was another feature Ira lettered occasionally. I get the feeling that whoever was available was given these assignments, and Ira took many of them.

From ALL FUNNY COMICS #20, Nov-Dec 1947

This 1947 story title is in Ira’s Old English style, and the page shows his lettering becoming more condensed and less wide.

From ALL FUNNY COMICS #20, Nov-Dec 1947

Doc and Fatty by Howard Sherman is another feature Ira did lettering for toward the end of the title’s run.

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From ALL FUNNY COMICS #23, May-June 1948

The final issue of ALL FUNNY, #23, has a Clover and Dover story lettered by Schnapp, and he also did this one, an eight-pager with very nice poster lettering on the splash.

Here’s a list of the stories I think were lettered by Ira Schnapp. Features are abbreviated after the first appearance.

#6 Fall 1944: Dover & Clover 4pp

#7 Summer 1945: D&C 4pp

#8 Fall 1945: Hamilton & Egbert 7pp, Two-Gun Percy 5pp, D&C 4pp

#9 Winter 1945: 2-Gun 5pp, H&E 6pp, D&C 4pp

#10 March-April 1946: H&E 5pp, D&C 4pp

#11 May-June 1946: H&E 5pp, 2-Gun 5pp, D&C 4pp, Genius Jones 6pp

#12 July-Aug 1946: H&E 6pp, 2-Gun 5pp, D&C 4pp, Genius 6pp

#13 Sept-Oct 1946: H&E 6pp, 2-Gun 5pp, D&C 4pp

#14 Nov-Dec 1946: 2-Gun 5pp, H&E 6pp, D&C 4pp

#15 Jan-Feb 1947: D&C 4pp

#16 March-April 1947: D&C 4pp

#17 May-June 1947: D&C 4pp

#18 July-Aug 1947: 2-Gun 5pp, D&C 4pp

#19 Sept-Oct 1947: 2-Gun 5pp, Peaceful Phil 6pp, D&C 4pp

#20 Nov-Dec 1947: Doc & Fatty 9pp, 2-Gun 5pp, Phil 6pp, D&C 4pp

#21 Jan-Feb 1948: D&F 10pp, 2-Gun 5pp, D&C 4pp, Phil 6pp

#22 March-April 1948: D&F 8pp, Phil 6pp, D&C 4pp

#23 May-June 1948: D&F 8pp, 2-Gun 5pp, Phil 6pp, D&C 4pp

That’s a total of 245 pages on this series.

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