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Ella Cinders – A Plum Job (b) (Comic Book Chronicles)

Folk tales are retold and retold through the generations, each adding their own twist. The story of Cinderella is one that cartoonist Charles Plumb brought to the 20th century with his newspaper comic strip which he called “Ella Cinders”.

Charles Plumb was born in 1899… He worked as a draftsman on the Chautauqua circuits before getting a job as a draftsman at the Chicago Daily Drovers Journal, a monthly report that covered the beef trade, in 1920… In 1922 he became the director of the American Farm Bureau Federation Cartoon Service in Chicago. The Cartoon Service produced editorial cartoons on agricultural issues for newspapers, state and county agricultural bureaus, and agricultural journals.

While working for the [Los Angeles] In 1924, he and screenwriter William Conselman came up with the idea for a comic strip based on a modern retelling of the Cinderella story. Conselman worked on the script while Plumb drew the characters. They called her “Ella Cinders”.

Ella was the long-suffering servant of her haughty stepmother and her two ugly, overbearing stepsisters.

Bill Caldwell and Joplin Globe Details Charlie Plumefrom designer to writer.

A word of warning. The article claims that:

After World War II, Plumb was known for allowing his strip to be ghosted by other artists even as he drew separate projects, including the Tarzan Sunday Pages from 1946 to 1947.


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It was actually Ruben Moreira, signing “Rubimor”, drawing these pages of Sunday Tarzan. Charlie Plumb was the ghostwriter for most of Rubimor’s run, from February 10, 1946 to August 3, 1947.

Yet, as the Associated Press noted in its obituary, he created “a popular newspaper article and comic strip that reached its peak in the 1930s, it was the first comic strip to be turned into a feature film”.

More on Charles Plumb on Alex Jay’s Ink-Slinger Profiles.

More (a bit) on Ella Cinders by Allan Holtz.

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