JASPER THE BEAR

JASPER THE BEAR

Created by James Simpkins, it first appeared as a nameless panel in Maclean’s magazine, 15 Nov.1948. it remained a feature in Maclean’s until the magazine changed format from a monthly general interest publication to a newsmagazine in 1975.

As can be seen he was much shaggier and behaved more like a bear when he started, although he always had a family. As time passed he became much sleeker and behaved more human. Simpkins always pictured him as a brown bear, but printing considerations at Maclean’s made him black. He was syndicated as a cartoon strip by Canada Wide Services from 1967 to 1974.

In 1962 Jasper was adopted as a mascot by Jasper National Park in Alberta. A statue was erected outside the train station. In 2004 it was moved to Patricia Street because of vandalism. Later it was transferred to the Jasper Sky Tram location. A new statue of Jasper has been erected in downtown Jasper.

“Jasper” became a popular merchandise item, much of this without royalties to Simpkins.

MEDIUM:

BOOK GRAPHIC:

Cover:

Book:

Front: Illus., James Simpkins. Jasper and the Cubs. Copp Clark Publishing Co., 1970.

Content:

Story:

Jasper and the Cubs. Car., James Simpkins. Copp Clark Publishing Co., 1970.

BOOK GRAPHIC COLLECTION:

Cover:

Book:

Front: Jasper. Cart., James Simpkins. Ryerson Press, Oct. 1954.

Front & Back: Jasper. Cart., James Simpkins. McClelland & Stewart Ltd., 1972.

Wrap around: Jasper. Cart., James Simpkins. Burns & MacEachern Ltd./ Rinehart & Co., Inc., 1960.

Dust jacket:

Front & Back: Jasper. Cart., James Simpkins. Ryerson Press, Oct. 1954.

Content:

Cartoon panel:

Jasper. Cart., James Simpkins. Ryerson Press, Oct. 1954.

Jasper. Cart., James Simpkins. Burns & MacEachern Ltd./ Rinehart & Co., Inc., 1960.

Jasper. Cart., James Simpkins. McClelland & Stewart Ltd., 1972.

BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

Content:

Story:

“Jasper’s Cubs.” Canadian Children’s Annual, 1978. Ed., Robert F. Neilson. Art Dir., Mary Tach. Potlatch Publications, 1977:140.

PERIODICAL TEXT ANTHOLOGY:

Content:

Illustration:

“Never Get Friendly With A Friendly Bear.” Writ., Fred Bodsworth. Maclean’s, 1 Dec. 1950: 23.

Panel:

“Jasper.” Car., James Simpkins. Maclean’s, 18 May 1958: 42. (And 25 years more)

POSTER:

“Jasper: Seasons Greetings/Meilleurs voeux, Cart., James Simpkins. no date. 1155 mm h X 860 mm w.

BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

Cover:

Book:

Back: Illus., James Simpkins. Canadian Children’s Annual, 1977. 1976.

Content:

Activity:

Hi! Welcome To Jasper’s Game Forest.” Writ., William Ettridge. Illus., James Simpkins. Canadian Children’s Annual, 1977. Ed., Robert F. Neilson. Art Dir., Mary Tach. 1976: 36-39.

MERCHANDISE:

Colouring Book:

Jasper’s Journey Across Canada/Le Voyage de Jasper à traverse Le Canada. Writ. & Illus., James Simpkins. Irwin Specialties/Irwin Toy Ltd., no date.

Postcard S-148. Photo, John Sutton. Double L Color Productions: circa 1960’s.

Postcard S-156. Photo, G.L. Gibbons. Double L Color Productions: circa 1960’s.

SOURCE:

Periodical text:

“Distinctly Canadian.” Writ., Conan Tobias. Taddle Creek, 41, Summer 2018: 33.

“How I was trapped by Jasper the bear for Maclean’s Magazine.” Writ., James Simpkins. Maclean’s, 6

July 1963: 15-17.

“Jasper 1948 … Jasper 1963.” Maclean’s, 6 July 1963: 51.

GALLERY:

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CANADIAN CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION and ANIMATION\IMAGE CARTOON J\JASPER THE BEAR, Maclean's 6 July 1963, 51.jpg

Maclean’s 6 July 1963: 51

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CANADIAN CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION and ANIMATION\IMAGE CARTOON J\JASPER THE BEAR Maclean's Jan 1969, 74.jpg

Maclean’s, Jan. 1969: 74

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CANADIAN CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION and ANIMATION\IMAGE CARTOON J\JASPER THE BEAR, an original, pen & ink, water colour .jpg

Original, pen & ink, watercolour

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CANADIAN CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION and ANIMATION\IMAGE CARTOON J\JASPER THE BEAR, 19 June 1971.jpg

Canada Wide Syndicate, 19 June 1971

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE CARTOON\IMAGE CARTOON J\JASPER THE BEAR, Postcard, circa 1960's, John Sutton.jpg

Postcard S-148. Photo, John Sutton. Double L Color Productions: circa 1960’s.

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE CARTOON\IMAGE CARTOON J\JASPER THE BEAR, Postcard, circa 1960's, W.J.L. Gibbons.jpg

Postcard S-156. Photo, G.L. Gibbons. Double L Color Productions: circa 1960’s.

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE CARTOON\IMAGE CARTOON J\JASPER THE BEAR, Taddle Creek, 41, 1.jpg

New Statue. Taddle Creek, 41, Summer 2018: 1