Ok, let me start this off by saying that Ph’Ox was created before the project was given out, so I’ve created him without knowing that he has to have a connection/ be drawn in a style of one of the Golden Age animators. This is why his appearance looks like modern day comics.
The appearance is not what’s important here. By brainstorming for a while I realised that most of the Golden Age Animators featured anthropomorphic animals as the main characters of their shows. Here are some examples:
Walt Disney – almost all the shows, feature films have animals as main characters: Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Pluto etc.
Tex Avery – Bugs Bunny, Tweety, Porky Pig and Daffy Duck are the most known ones.
Hanna Barbera with their most known work – Tom and Jerry
Walter Lantz – Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and later Woody Woodpecker
Van Beuren – Felix the Cat
However there was Fleischer Studios that produced Popeye the Sailor Man, Betty Boop and 1941 Superman cartoon.
(Gabler, Neal, 2006, Walt Disney: The Triumph of American Imagination, Page 42-44, Alfred A. Knopf, New York City, US
“Popeye’s Popularity – Article from 1935 “. Forums.goldenagecartoons.com. Retrieved 2011-03-27.
“Richard Fleischer: Fleischer Studios”. Lycos.com. 2006-03-26. Retrieved 2011-03-27
“The Lost Popeye Titles”. Cartoonresearch.com. 1941-05-24. Retrieved2011-03-27.
“Porky Pig and Small Dog – Looney Tunes – 800-830-8660”. Milechai.com. Retrieved 2011-03-27
Solomon, Charles (1994): The History of Animation: Enchanted Drawings. Outlet Books Company.)
Due to the fact that I’ve been dealing with these companies a lot for the past couple of months, the creation of my character was inspired by all of them. Most of the cartoons that I’ve watched as a kid and as a big boy created by these companies, featured animals as the main protagonists. This made animal characters appear to me as more appealing and more charismatic than regular human entities. So subconsciously I made Ph’Ox, or as at that time ‘Fox’, an animal before I knew what or who he actually was. I can definitely say that he is styled as a Golden Age cartoon character, however not appearance-wise, but more attribute-wise…
Anyways, the last thought. Superman of 1941 was like a light in the end of the tunnel for me. Mostly because I had to follow the brief and create a character in a style of a Golden Age animation, but I didn’t want to get rid of Ph’Ox or change his design. Fleischer Studios showed me that if portrayed properly, my hero can definitely be featured in one of the Superman episodes and fit in well.
So, I can bravely state that my character The Invincible Ph’Ox can be seen in the style of a Golden Age Animation.