I really like the Stewart W. Carothers strips. They feel more like Chaplin films, relying on pantomime, than the later E.C. Segar strips, which often revolved around wordplay. Do you know if they have every been collected? They'd make a lovely book.
I agree, the look and feel of the Carothers strips were more Chaplin-esque. To my knowledge the strips have never been collected in one volume. However in 1917, M.A. Donohue published 5 anthologies of the strips: Charlie Chaplin Comic Capers, CC In The Army, CC In The Movies, CC Up in The Air, CC Funny Stunts.
I have Comic Capers and Funny Stunts (the colour one) and they seem to only have the E.C. Segar strips. Do you know anybody who has collected the strips?
No, I don't. It would be a nice project for someone. You can search for the strips on the Library of Congress' "Chronicling America" newspaper site. Just type "Chaplin Comic Capers" in the search box and then sort by date to see the early ones. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
In CC's Funny Stunts, second and third pages of cover (in black and white) are by Carothers. The rest of the book (in color) is by Segar.In CC's Comic Capers, many pages are not signed. Anyway, there's no page signed by Carothers.I also have CC in the Army: pages 1 to 4 are from Carothers. The ten following pages are by Segar.D.