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Monday, October 24, 2011
A Video Interview of Milton Caniff by Shel Dorf with Tom French
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Book History


A Video Interview of Milton Caniff by Shel Dorf with Tom French as Cameraman

Filmed November of 1982*

*Thanks to Greg Koudoulian of THE OFFICIAL SHEL DORF FAN CLUB and ENTOURAGE for the DVD!

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Photos to the Right:  Top) A photo from the DVD interview. Middle) Milton Caniff receiving his Inkpot Award from Shel Dorf at the 1982 SDCC (photo courtesy of Alan Light). Bottom) The masthead to the column in the Steve Canyon Magazine that Shel Dorf wrote!
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TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3531:

This past weekend I played a few of the DVDs that Greg Koudoulian had sent me after joining his 'Shel Dorf Fan Club and Entourage' group, for my wife and youngest child to view.

The longest playing one was this interview with Milton Caniff by Shel Dorf, aided by cameraman, Tom French, who popped into view a couple of minutes during this very long interview.

I say 'very long interview' because it had at least 52 'chapters' total!  It went on for a long period of time, and would be a very good interview for Milt Caniff fans to see!

When I asked Greg if this was available for sale at either the Fan Club web site or his Facebook fan page, Planet El Cortez, he said no.

When looking for pics of Shel with Milt during this 1982 period, I found that this interview had been uploaded on YouTube within multiple videos, as it is so very long in playing time!  Here is the link to Mike Lynch's Cartoons blog, with the chapters broken up and then recombined into YouTube length videos.

Mike posts a bit of text with each segment, as to what the video covers.  Why Mike took the time to upload and post this video interview is a question that isn't answered, but I'm glad that he did, for those of you that have never seen it before.

Here are just a few of my thoughts while watching the full length video:

The video was filmed in November of 1982.  An undated Sunday morning at Milt's studio in Palm Springs, California.  Milt later mentioned that he had just finished the upcoming Christmas script for his Steve Canyon comic book strip. 

It was good to see Tom French pop in for a few minutes during this interview.  Tom had just started growing his beard, as Milt mentioned that Tom didn't have it at the 1982 SDCC, (Milt & Shel shown at the top middle photo of this blog post).  I had known Tom because he was in charge of the Dealers Room at the SDCC. As long time readers of this blog know... I first set up as a comic books dealer back in 1972 at the El Cortez Hotel where the San Diego Comic Con was then being held at.

Milt talked about his earlier comic book strip, 'Terry and the Pirates', which he did not own, but created.  He also talked about George, who continued the strip for the syndicate that owned it.

Milt also mentioned many others during the time this video played.  Bud Sickles had his respect, and he spent some time talking about Bud and his comic strip, 'Scorchy Smith'.

After a long time being interviewed... Milt showed how he inked, using a strip that would be dated January 16th of 1983.  He is shown inking the last panel of the strip.

Additionally, Milt is shown creating a commission of the 'Dragon Lady' for Joan and Charlie Roberts.  Milt mentions that he had told actress Joan Crawford that he patterned the 'Dragon Lady' after Joan.

There were at least 52 chapters in this video.  It is a very long one... But for fans of Milt Caniff, this is a 'MUST SEE' video.

Again, Greg does not have copies to sell, but you can see most of it at the link that I provided above taking you to where Mike Lynch uploaded it.

My thanks to Greg for sending me this video and other clips from the Shel Dorf Collection to view.

I urge those of you reading this to go 'Like' the Facebook fan page for Planet El Cortez, which Greg is starting to build up!


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