Tuesday, August 15, 2006
In the late 1930s, Virgil "Vip" Partch (1916-1984) worked as Ollie Johnston's assistant. (Ollie, of course, was one of Disney's "Nine Old Men.") Above, Vip shows how Ollie felt after a director complimented him on a scene ... And here, Ollie's reaction to a scene that maybe wasn't met with the same euphoria. My father had several well-worn volumes of Partch cartoons around the house when I grew up. In the front of one of them was a cartoon Vip had drawn in it saying "To Roof from Vip." Above the inscription was a picture of Virgil watching my father paint palm trees on a voluptuous woman's backside. Pure Virgil Partch. I only wish I knew where the book...and that drawing...were today. Vip left Disney after the 1941 and went on to fame and fortune as a comic artist, contributing to Collier's, True, The Saturday Evening Post, and the newspaper panel comic Big George. More of VIP's work here.