HERMAN

HERMAN

While Art Director at the Mississauga Times in Ontario, James Unger created a cheerful oaf, a sort of bumbling blue-collar “everyman” which he called “Attila The Bum.” For this creation Unger was named “Cartoonist of the Year” by the Ontario Weekly Newspaper Association for three successive years.

He tried to syndicate his cartoon character through The Toronto Star, but it was rejected. In 1974 He submitted it to the Universal Press Syndicate in Kansas City, U.S.A., who offered him a 10 year contract. They changed the strip’s name to “Herman”, although Unger insisted the series was not about one but a variety of characters.

It began in 20 newspapers, and, by April 1979, it was in more than 250 in Canada, the U.S.A. and seven other countries. In 1982, it was syndicated in 300 newspapers. Later “Herman” had an estimated 40 million readers in 25 countries. In 1990, It was the first cartoon syndicated in a Communist country when it was sold to a newspaper in East Germany.

Jim Unger retired from cartooning in 1992, and the feature stopped. However, on 7 July 1997, both Unger and “Herman reappeared in the Expositor [Brantford] under the banner United Media. The new feature was a mixture of old cartoons and new work. Unger died 29 May 2012.

MEDIUM:

BOOK GRAPHIC COLLECTION:

Content:

Cartoon panel:

The 1st Treasury of Herman. Car., James Unger. Andrews & McMeel Inc: A Universal Syndicate Co., 1979.

The Second Herman Treasury. Car., James Unger. Andrews & McMeel Inc.: A Universal Syndicate Co., I980.

Herman: The Third Treasury. Car., James Unger. Andrews & McMeel Inc.: A Universal Syndicate Co., 1982.

Herman: The Fourth Treasury. Car., James Unger. Andrews & McMeel Inc.: A Universal Syndicate Co., 1984.

Cartoon panel book, 20 cmh13.7 cmw :

“And you wonder Herman, why I never want to go to Italian restaurants.” Sheed, Andrews & McMeel Inc.: A Universal Syndicate Co., 1977.

“Apart from a little dampness, Herman, how’s everything.” Sheed & Ward Ltd.: A Universal Syndicate Co., 1975. Print.

“Where’s the kids, Herman.” Sheed & Ward Ltd.: AUniversal Syndicate Co., 1978.

Cartoon panel book, 14 cmh X 21 cmw.

“Herman, you were a much stronger man on our first honeymoon.” Andrews & McMeel Inc.: A Universal Syndicate Co., 1983.

The Latest Herman. Kansas City: Andrews & McMeel Inc.: A Universal Syndicate Co., 1981.

Cartoon panel book 128 cm X 128cm:

Herman And The Extraterrestrials. Andrews & McMeel Inc.: A Universal Syndicate Co., 1983.

Herman For Lovers. Andrews & McMeel Inc.: A Universal Syndicate Co., 1982.

Herman For Pet Fanciers. Andrews & McMeel Inc.: A Universal Syndicate Co., 1982.

Herman For The Hospitalized. Andrews & McMeel Inc.: A Universal Syndicate Co., 1982.

Herman MD. Andrews & McMeel Inc.: A Universal Syndicate Co., 1983..

Herman Out To Lunch. Andrews & McMeel Inc.: A Universal Syndicate Co., 1983.

Strip:

A Collection of Herman Colour Comics. Andrews & McMeel Inc.: A Universal Syndicate Co., 1983.

Herman Sundays. Andrews & McMeel Inc.: A Universal Syndicate Co., 1982.

People Are Starting To Complain. Andrews & McMeel Inc.: A Universal Syndicate Co., 1984.

MERCHANDISE:

Book:

Herman’s Important (and not so important) Stuff To Do Book. Andrews & McMeel Inc.: A Universal Syndicate Co., 1981.

Herman’s “People I’m not tryi9ng to forget immediately” Address Book. Andrews & McMeel Inc.: A Universal Syndicate Co., 1981.

SOURCE:

Book graphic:

Herman Sundays. Kansas City: Andrews & McMeel Inc.: A Universal Syndicate Co., 1982.

Periodical text:

“Jim Unger: the mind behind Herman.” Writ., R. MacGregor. Maclean’s, 16 Apr. 1979:8-10.