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Lane & Bond Cartoons

An inventory of the cartoons at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MD
Date: 10 Dec 2008

Biographical History

Artist John Lane and writer J. Harvey Bond worked on The Good Guys, a revamped version of the Vic Flint detective strip, from 1965 to 1967.

Originally a run-of-the-mill detective strip, Vic Flint first appeared in 1946 with art by Ralph Lane (John Lane's father) and stories by a host of writers working under the pseudonym Michael O'Malley. Ralph Lane left the strip in 1950 and was succeeded by various artists including Dean Miller and Art Sansom. In an effort to combat flagging sales, the NEA vastly revamped the strip, transforming it into a gag strip and renaming it The Good Guys in 1965. The strip ceased publication in 1967.

J. Harvey Bond (1904-1971), a pseudonym for writer Russ Winterbotham, penned a number of pulp crime novels in the 1950s and 1960s, including Murder Isn't Funny (1958), Kill Me With Kindness (1959) and If Wishes Were Hearses (1961). Winterbotham also published many western and science fiction titles under his own name.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Lane & Bond Cartoons collection contains 41 original Sunday cartoons from the comic strip The Good Guys (1966). Sunday cartoon: traces of graphite, opaque white, brush, pen and ink on illustration board, approx. 19 x 25 in.

Arrangement of the Collection

Cartoons are in chronological order.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has collections of over one hundred cartoonists. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Bond, J. Harvey, 1904-1971.
Lane, John.
Winterbotham, R. R. (Russell Robert), 1904-1971.

Corporate Bodies

Newspaper Enterprise Association.

Associated Titles

Good Guys (comic strip)
Vic Flint (comic strip)


American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Cartoonists -- United States.
Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Cartoons (humorous images)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Lane & Bond Cartoons,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Table of Contents

The Good Guys comic strip