An anthropomorphic stove character that appeared briefly (just a single panel), in the story "The Fashionable Fireman and The Soft-Boiled Collar-Button" that ran in October 1943's Jingle Jangle Comics #5. Said series was published by Eastern Color (under the Famous Funnies, Incorporated imprint) and lasted for 42 issues (February 1942 to December 1949.) Jingle Jangle Comics was released on a bi-monthly basis, individual issues cost ten cents, and the books were sixty-eight pages in length. The stories were intended for children and consisted of humorous, nonsensical fare. George L. Carlson was the primary artist and Stephen Douglas the editor.
While this particular character wasn't actually given a name in the story, it is directly referred to with a text box stating that "The Wooden Allegro decided to let his stove polish whenever it wanted to . . ." Besides the stove, there are numerous other animate objects to be found throughout the adventure, including a ship's anchor delivering mail and the titular Soft-Boiled Collar-Button.
Reasoning that most of this challenge's participants would likely choose super heroes and villains as their subject matter, I set out to find something more unusual and unique. Doing some research at my local library, I found a Smithsonian tome that contained a collection of Golden Age Comic Book samples; nestled between such standbys as Batman, Superman, Captain Marvel/Shazam, Plastic Man, The Spirit, Little Lulu, and Pogo, I discovered Jingle Jangle Comics and this stove character. While I can't say that I particularly liked "The Fashionable Fireman and The Soft-Boiled Collar-Button" (too disjointed/surreal for my tastes), the idea of an animate stove appealed to me, so, that's what I decided to bring to life in three dimensions.
Newsprint, Manila paper, cardboard from a microwave popcorn box, white glue, wire twist ties, ink, and acrylic paint.
4.3 cm/1.7 in. x 6.8 cm/2.7 in. (widest point x highest point)
Roughly two days: I started making the figure in the afternoon, on September 29th, 2011 and finished it the following morning, on the 30th. Procrastination at its finest, no?
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