Spotlight on Fred Fredericks - Other Comics - New Jersey Patriots
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New Jersey's Patriots or New Jersey Patriots is a newspaper strip by Fred Fredericks.
The strip depitcting the risory of New Jersey from Colonial time in the battle for freedom from British rule. It was syndicated by Superior Features Syndicate[footnotes 1].
The Elizabeth Daily Journal is printing its own comics strip based on local history. The strip, called "New Jersey's Patriots," is written and drawn by Fred Fredericks, a free lance artist.
Both famous and nearly forgotten incidents of early Jersey at war with the British contain opportunities for typical comic strip suspense, action and scope. The strip is 3 columns wide and 74 inches deep making it suitable for collecting in a scrap book.
Although Ray Erwin wrote that the strip ran for more than two years in 18 leading New Jersey papers Fred Frederick said that it started in Elizabeth Daily Journal in 1958 and was later picked up by nine other New Jersey newspapers.
Even though the second run of the story started on Monday January 19 and ended Thursday December 31 it did run for 49 weeks[footnotes 2], total 294 strips.
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|Asbury Park Evening Press||January 19, 1959 to Mars 20, 1959||Asbury Park, New Jersey||Interrupted|
|The Courier-News||January 19, 1959 to December 31, 1959||Bridgewater, New Jersey|
|The Daily Home News||January 19, 1959 to December 31, 1959||New Brunwick, New Jersey|
|Elizabeth Daily Journal||1958(?)||Elizabeth, New Jersey|
|The Herald-News||January 19, 1959 to June 26, 1959||Passaic, New Jersey||Interrupted|
|The Trentonian||January 19, 1959 to ?||Trenton, New Jersey|
|Vineland Times Journal||January 19, 1959 to December 31, 1959||Vineland, New Jersey|
After the "New Jersey Patriots" Fredericks said that his newest projects include a panel strip, "True Tales of the Civil War", which has been accepted by a syndicate for sale to Sunday newspapers, and a sketchbook of old silent screen heroes and villians, titled "Old Cowhands".
These samples, provided to Stripper's Guide by Cole Johnson, are all from 1959 - a miscellany of dates from May to October.
- "New Jersey History Told in Comic Strip", Editor & Publisher, 19 April 1958, p 78
- Erwin, Ray, "Confederate Strip, Pun Panel Offered", Editor and Publisher, 29 October 1960, p 50
- "Jersey Patriots" Artist Moves to Gillette" The Courier News (Bridgewater, New Jersey) 22 December 1959, p 15.
- Superior Features Syndicate (New York) was active in the years 1955-1965. Andre F. L'Evequue (President of SFS) start offering 16 illustrated chapters from the "Story of Davy Crockett" in 1955. They soon expanded with colums like "The Job Counselor", "Your Doctors' Forum", "Architects Home Designs" in additions to "Davy Crockett Coloring Series" (22 line drawings depicting the highlights of Davy's life for youngsters to read and color), the "Cashword Puzzle" and on. The colums /articles contained a coupon that one could use to order books, blueprints and models of the various designs mentioned in the article. Their cash-paying crossword puzzle became their greatest success. In 1959 the offered Fred Fredericks' "New Jersey's Patriots" (The first of several regional features on local history in exciting comic form ... authentic and thrilling real-life adventure ... six releases weekly, matted, 5-col strip.).
- since there were no strips (or newspapers) on May 30, July 4, September 7 and December 25.