I didn't know if this should be listed as an "oddball item" or the "sale" category. The letter to the left is described on the ebay listing below. I do not believe it sold for the Buy It Now price of $105. http://www.ebay.com/itm/391629021073?ul_noapp=true
This non-Gordo piece was provided by Nat Gertler of the terrific Peantus website www.AAUGH.COM, who generously shared many golf strips from the Crosby Pro-Am programs found elsewhere on this website. Nat writes "Not a golf cartoon, but an illustration that accompanied a humor article on the discovery of the Monteray Bay.
Robert Harvey, author (with Gus Arriola) of ACCIDENTAL AMBASSADOR, (http://rcharvey.com/) shares this email:
"I spent a lot of time interviewing Gus for the biography, but I found afterwards that he left out some things. He tried to sell a new comic strip about a cat (called Pussy Willow) sometime in the 1980s---either before Gordo stopped or soon thereafter."
On one of Bob's last visits with Gus, Gus "pulled out a bunch of original strips and said, 'I don't think I ever showed these to you.' Ha. No, he hadn't. And by then, the biography was done, published, and on the market. Too late to include it. The strip was Pussy Willow, about a cat and its plump but cute mistress."
Bob generously shared a few of the strips:
This is a typical "Chase" board game, where the roll of the die (singular) determines advancement and the first one to the finish wins. If the player lands on a Black Sombrero, s/he must take a "siesta" aka miss a turn. If all four players end up taking a siesta, they all roll and the highest number rolls again to being play.
Although the game is basic, the graphics on the board and, more so, on the box, are terrific. The images below are of the box, the board and the sides of the box. The playing pieces are simple colored wooden disks. The characters are copyright 1947, just one year after the daily strips began following the end of World War II and I believe this is also when the game was produced.
GORDO BEAN POT
This item has appeared a few times on ebay. It relates to a gimmick Gus Arriola used to gauge interest in his strip by offering a recipe to anyone writing in and asking for "Gordo's Beans Weeth Cheese" and chili con carne.
The pot originally came with an electric cord and in at least two colors - green and "adobe orange." The photos below show both. I believe the ingredients went directly into the pot, which must have made cleaning a chore, as the ceramic pots weigh over five pounds
Although the images are difficult to see, even on the pot itself, we have Gordo, Pepito and Senor Perro. Pig and Rooster embossed on the back.
And what good is a bean pot without a recipe for beans? This is the post card that Gus Arriola sent out to anyone who requested it.
Surprisingly difficult - and much requested from the FOG - Friends of Gordo - is the Chili con Queso recipe. I finally found it on ebay. This gimmick by Gus Arriola
Thanks to George V. for the suggestion.
This is not a Gordo character, but a character created for the Carmel Coffe House in Carmel, California by Gus Arriola. If you'd like to order a mug or t-shirt, contact them at http://www.carmelcoffee.com/logo_retail_items.html
This postcard is interesting because it is an example of the stereotype that Gus Arriola sought to change with his stories of Gordo Lopez, et al. And besides, the character isn't actually reading GORDO. He's reading whatever is on the opposite side of GORDO!
One of my favorite GORDO images - and one which Gus Arriola used often - is found on this oversized postcard.
ON THE WALLS OF CARMEL'S FAMILY-FRIENDLY RIO GRILL RESTAURANT AND BAR (http://www.riogrill.com/) ARE ORIGINAL CARTOONS FROM HUNDREDS OF ARTISTS, INCLUDING A SELF-PORTRAIT OF THEIR NATIVE SON, SR. ARRIOLA, ALONG WITH THOSE ETERNALLY SOUSED EARTHWORMS, PANCHITO AND PORFIRIO.
Do you have a GORDO item that can be include here - something beyond the books that are available? Please share it with us by sending a photo and description to email@example.com. You can include how you acquired the item and any other interesting information. If you are interested in selling the item, please feel free to include that as well.
While the autograph and body of this letter are essentially worthless due to water damage, I found the letterhead interesting, in that in all my collecting experience, I had never seen it before.
PUSSY WILLOW - The Comic Strip
The postcard on the right is obviously drawn by Eldon Dedini, a friend and Carmel neighbor of Gus Arriola. Eldon Dedini is best known for his terrific drawings in Playboy magazine, which you would know if you ever stopped reading the articles and looked at the pictures!
A 30" x 20" (approx) poster for the 1987 Monterey Film Festival
FOG Brett Bydairk did a bit of sleuthing after reading a strip wherein Gordo sings an old song. While I thought it was just something Gus Arriola made up, it is in fact a song, from as early as 1914. Below is the strip and link to the song.
ODDBALL GORDO ITEMS
Here's a recording (from 1916 (You'll have to copy and paste):
and here's the lyrics:
The fun part for me of this website is finding things I never knew existed! The image here, found on ebay (for $150!), is hand signed (see the bottom) and, according to the ebay ad, is for "ANNOUNCING THE CHRISTMAS PAGEANTS OF
LA POSADA AND LA PASTORELA" in Carmel, California - Gus Arriola's home town.
Gus Arriola, autograph letter signed on his letterhead to Hollywood screenwriter and producer Jamison Brewer discussing the development of a TV show based on Arriola’s comic strip Gordo that can be acceptable to “network people,” August 5, (1974), 1 page, 7 ¼ by 10 ½ inches, in very good condition. Arriola suggests that Brewer read his batch of ’73 comics chronologically to understand the direction he wants the TV show to go. With the handwritten letter is the original envelope in which the letter was mailed which is postmarked August 5, 1974. As it turns out, Arriola and Brewer were unable to sell a proposal to the TV network people.
General Postcards and Note cards from Gus Arriola
was designed to show the newspapers how popular GORDO was to its readers. It is reported that the newspapers were inundated with requests for the recipe. Thanks to FOG Brett Bydairk, whose many comics strips we have posted on the DAILIES sites, we know this was published in 1948. For more on this, see the Sunday 1948 strips. Enjoy!
GORDO AND PEPITO BOARD GAME
Gus Arriola Character Coffee Mug and T-Shirts
GORDO BEAN POT
Holiday Postcards sent out by Frances and Gus Arriola