Whenever I take a break from updating Doctor Fun, I try to make up for it by uploading some of my older pre-Doctor Fun cartoons, all scanned from pen and paper. All of this stuff was drawn long before the Internet, Photoshop, and all that. I only add new material to this page when I take breaks, but I plan to be a lazyass and take lots of breaks, so everybody wins.
Most of what I've put here so far has been collections of cartoons I drew in the mid-80s, all on some theme that happened to grab me at the time. Some of these themes still grab me. A few of these cartoons even reappeared as Doctor Funs.
Ironically, the only one of these theme collections that was accepted for publication (by
Simon & Schuster A Famous Publisher) can't be put online here because of legal problems. The problems were not with The Famous Publisher but because of the inability to ultimately come to terms with the trademark owner of Mister Potato Head The Topic. Oh well. All this excitement for what turned out to be nothing happened years ago. Lucky for me I had a temp job.
In addition to the theme cartoons, there are plenty of random old cartoons. Some of these have aged better than others. Eventually, it will all be here.
And sometimes I actually draw all-new stuff that doesn't fit with the "regular" Doctor Fun, so I put it here. You win either way!
March 13, 2006 - More from 1991.
January 2, 2006 - The 1991 hit parade continues.
November 21, 2005 - More cartoons from 1991! More, more, more!
September 19, 2005 - Here's the first of two batches, followed by the second.
August 29, 2005 - As with the last batch, many of these ideas have been used at Doctor Funs, but they aren't all like that.
August 10, 2005 - A few more cartoons from 1991. Unfortunately most of these were used as early Doctor Funs.
June 27, 2005 - More cartoons from 1991.
January 24, 2005 - This finishes up 1990. Most of these cartoons are about computers (of that era).
January 17, 2005 - Here's some more cartoons from 1990. Some of these were apparently drawn around the time of the first Gulf War.
January 3, 2005 - Start the new year with two more pages of 1990 cartoons. One of these cartoons I apparently swiped from myself for a recent Doctor Fun.
November 22, 2004 - Another break, another two pages of 1990 cartoons. One of these cartoons was obviously drawn as a commentary on something back in 1990, although specifically I'm not sure what.
September 27, 2004 - Here's a measly two more pages of 1990 cartoons.
September 6, 2004 - The rest of the cartoons I meant to post in July are hereby posted today..
July 12, 2004 - A kind reader pointed out that I'd forgotten 50 cartoons from 1990. So, I'll upload some of this week, and some the next. Here's 30 of them.
June 28, 2004 - Another break, more cartoons from 1990. This time there's 30 of them.
June 7, 2004 - Good grief, Doctor Fun - another break! Here's 20 more cartoons from 1990.
May 24, 2004 - It was a dark and stormy night - suddenly 50 more cartoons from 1990 were uploaded.
March 22, 2004 - Ta-daa! Here's 100 more cartoons from 1990!
January 4, 2004 - Here's 50 more cartoons from 1990!
December 20, 2003 - How about even more old cartoons from 1990? Here's some now, and some more later, as the long break continues.
November 23, 2003 - How about some cartoons from 1990 for a change? You might notice a radical change in format. What happened between 1989 and 1990? Two things - I was mostly concentrating on selling to magazines, and it was hard to show editors what the nice washes I used looked like without sending them the originals, which they mostly didn't want the responsibility for handling, and which I mostly didn't want to send them. So I switched to all black and white pen and ink. The first year of this change wasn't particularly good, but at the time I was trying to sell cartoons, and I was selling more cartoons than I'd ever had before, so it looked like a good move. I had also started fooling around with computers and scanners about this time, and the only scanning I could afford to do was black and white only, so that was the second, and not as important reason for the switch, since computers and cartoons didn't turn into much of anything interesting for another couple years. 1990 was a pretty busy year for reasons other than cartoons (among other things, I moved from New York to Chicago). From here on out there aren't as many cartoons from year-to-year leading up to when Doctor Fun started in 1993, and many of the cartoons from now to then were used as material for early Doctor Funs until I decided to stop recycling old stuff (in anticipation of doing this very thing). There are 100 on them in this round, and they start here. Some of these jokes are extremely dated, particularly the one about Spy Magazine (one of my customers until they folded). There are a couple funny ones - you'll have to find them yourself. Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving.
May 19, 2003, why are you not surprised to find 100 more scanned cartoons from 1988-89.
May 5, 2003, here are 100 more scanned cartoons from 1988-89.
Doctor Fun's Peep-o-Rama 2003 is just like Doctor Fun's Peep-o-Rama 2002, except it's different cartoons. It's about Peeps. (Three pages.)
December, 2002 - Hooray! Doctor Fun's Christmas Bonus 2002 is here! 41 more lame, sloppily-drawn "holiday" themed cartoons. If that's not enough, here's Doctor Fun's Christmas Bonus 2001.
And now there's more - how about some color cartoons from 1988? There are only 40 of them. I seem to recall that all the work that went into these didn't result in much, mostly because of a lack of any good way to make copies of them at the time. These were drawn like the black and white cartoons I've been uploading, but colored in with pencils instead of wash. And don't worry, there are still plenty more black and white cartoons from 1988-89 to slog through before we're done. I'm really doing all this backwards. At some point I have to scan all the stuff from back then that actually got into print, so I can prove I used to be a real cartoonist.
Gather 'round kids, it's time to for Doctor Fun's Peep-O-Rama, 30 more thoughtlessly written and hastily drawn cartoons about Peeps that didn't make the cut as "real" Doctor Fun cartoons. Don't read too many at once, you'll get sick. (Three pages.)
It's Doctor Fun's Big Fat Christmas Bonus. These are a bunch of cartoons I sketched but didn't use as "real" Doctor Fun cartoons for 2001. I had a lot of sketches left over, so I decided to quickly draw some of them in a slovely and thoughtless manner and try to pass it off as my Christmas Gift to You.
Here are most of the loose cartoons I have lying around from 1987. There is no theme to this set of cartoons, but there are a lot of them. Many of them aren't even funny. I leave it as an exercise for you to decide which ones are funny and which ones aren't. Why 1987? Most of the extra stuff I've put online already is from 1987. Going back through the old cartoons, 1987 is the first year where the drawings and the jokes seem to hit more than they miss. Unlike the cartoons from 1988-89, which I seem to have neglected to put dates on, so there's a huge honking pile of them to wade through, I actually know which ones I drew in 1987. If there had been an Internet and a Doctor Fun back in 1987, this is what you would have got.
Some of these cartoons weren't, er, "drawn good" to begin with, and scanning could only fix them up a little. The cartoons with the blobby dark parts are that way because that's how I drew them. Who knows? At the time I lived in a basement apartment in Queens, NYC, with 10-watt bulbs in all the lamps.
(In case you start reading and wonder where it all ends, 1987 goes on for 35 pages - 351 cartoons.)
If you happen to be looking for a collection of cartoons mostly about amoebas, then Blobs may be the place for you.
Boogers, A Celebration is a collection of hand-picked cartoons on a certain subject. Only the most assiduous digging has pulled out these treasures.
The Eyes Have It is mostly about gigantic eyeballs, with some other random eye jokes. (I'm extremely nearsighted, and spent a lot of time at the eye doctor when I was young.)
Heads Up is in two sections, the first section features the madcap antics of decapitated heads floating about in jars; the second section features people who have managed to somehow grow more than one head, and the shenanigans that ensue.
The Iceman Cometh is about snowmen.
Science Fair was actually drawn a couple years before all the other stuff here. Science Fair documents a visit to the so-called Hoagiesville Science and Engineering Fair, with exhibits in different age divisions, prizes, handouts, etc.
If that's not enough, several years ago I uploaded about 200 old scanned cartoons and called it Doctor Fun's Grab Bag. The format is a bit low-rent, even compared to my other minimalist efforts, but you are clicking on it. Clicking. Clicking. Click.