As has been noted previously on this blog, a color Sunday Barnaby ran from 1946 to 1948 — apt, because when in 1942 Crockett Johnson showed cartoonist (and PM Art Editor) Charles Martin a Sunday strip, Martin then shared the strip with PM Comics Editor Hannah Baker. She decided to run it, beginning Barnaby‘s ten-year run. Apart from these Sunday strips, Barnaby ran six days a week — Monday through Saturday. Courtesy of the generous Colin Myers, here’s a Sunday Barnaby from 64 years ago — March 2, 1947 — commemorating the transition from February to March.
(Don’t forget: clicking on the image will provide you with a larger version.)
You’ll note that the author of the script is Ted Ferro, and the artist is Jack Morley. Morley does a good job of approximating Johnson’s precise line, but Ferro’s wit is not as sharp — though, to be fair, few people had a wit that measured up to Johnson’s. Recognizing the lesser standard of the Morley-Ferro Barnaby, Johnson in 1948 resumed writing the words himself, though he left the art to Morley.