'Scott's Scrapbook' of 11 November 1938.

Roland J. Scott was an American staff cartoonist, known as "R.J. Scott". A longtime associate of the Central Press Association and King Features Syndicate, he was notably the creator of the daily gag panel 'Sally's Sallies' (1926-1967) and the fun fact feature 'Scott's Scrapbook' (1931-1967).

Early life and career
Born in 1886 as Roland Jack Scott in Indianapolis, Indiana, he began his cartooning career at age 14, working for The Indianapolis Star. Early in his career, he was employed by the Indiana Illustrating Company for a year. After that, he worked briefly for The Anderson Herald and the Chicago Daily News, where he was trained by cartoonist George Frink. He then joined the Indianapolis Sentinel, for which he made front-page political cartoons, as well as humorous sketches of the various sporting events of the day. The Sunday editions of the Sentinal ran his comic strip 'Mr. Lose Out'.

In 1921, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and worked for The Arizona Republican (later known as The Arizona Republic), before moving on to New York and Cleveland papers. During the World War I period, he was a cartoonist for The Cleveland Leader, and by 1920, he was working as artist for a film company. In 1926, he joined the Editor's Feature Service, that later became part of the Central Press Association, a syndicate started by Cleveland Press editor Virgil McNitt in 1910. From 1930 on, the Central Press Association was bought over by King Features Syndicate. Scott returned to Phoenix in 1932, but remained associated with these syndicates until the 1960s.

Sally's Sallies
His first, and longest-running, feature was the daily panel 'Sally's Sallies' (1 March 1926 - 1 July 1967), which debuted in the Seattle Daily Times. It was launched around the same time as other features starring the fads and foibles of so-called "flapper" girls, 'Oh Margy!' (1924-1927) by John Held Jr., 'The Boy Friend' (1925-1927) by Marge Buell, 'Flapper Fanny' (1925-1940) by Ethel Hays and 'Soosie the Shopper' (1925) by Charles Forbell. Scott's feature outlasted them all, running in syndication over forty years, even though it never broke out of the one-panel gag format or used recurring characters. Scott was also the originator of another feminine feature, 'Just Among Us Girls' (1926-1935), which started off as a cartoon accompanying Kathryn Kennedy'n column. After 1927, it became a stand-alone cartoon panel, drawn subsequently by Paul Robinson (1927-1933) and Walter Van Arsdale (1933-1935).


'Close-Ups of Lon Chaney' (The Globe Gazette, 5 September 1930).

Biographical comic features
Scott was also a regular cartoonist for the Central Press Association's short biographical comic features about famous people who dominated the news. The series was published in text comics format and sometimes also featured photographs. R.J. Scott drew the installments about actor Lon Chaney ('Close-Ups of Lon Chaney', 1-6 September 1930), football player Knut Rockne ('The Life of Knute Rockne', 30 March - 4 April 1931, with writer W.R. Walton), boxer Max Schmeling ('Max Schmeling's Career', 15-20 June 1931) and inventor Thomas Alva Edison ('Edison, America's Wizard', 12-17 October 1931). Other artists for these type of features were Alfred Buescher and Clifton H. Crittenden.

Scott's Scrapbook
On 23 March 1931, Scott got his own educational feature, initially appearing under the title 'Did You Know? The Illustrated Question Box', but from December 1932 on continuing as 'Scott's Scrapbook'. In a way, it was one of the many rip-offs of 'Believe It Or Not!' by Robert L. Ripley, covering fun facts from the world of science, history, nature and strange customs. The initial features were accompanied by a "box" of questions and answers, jokes and a horoscope, but these elements were quickly dropped. Strange enough, King Features syndicated Ripley's hit feature, but also 'Scott's Scrapbook'. The latter was however profitable enough since it was owned by the syndicate, whereas Ripley owned the rights to 'Believe It Or Not!'.

Retirement and death
On 1 July 1967, R.J. Scott retired and both his syndicated panels, 'Sally's Sallies' and 'Scott's Scrapbook', came to and end. Ronald Jack Scott died in Scottsdale Baptist Hospital on 4 April 1968, at the age of 81.


'Scott's Scrapbook', 4 December 1942.

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