Woodring-esque Salamander from old German kids' books

lurchisThe only thing I know about these scans of pages from a German kids' books about a Salamander is that they are really beautiful and that they remind me of the work of cartoonist Jim Woodring. Link (via The Cartoonist)

UPDATE: Mark Lakata sez: "I saw your post on boing-boing. Those salamander cartoons were free leaflets given out with "Salamander" brand shoes. My mom used to buy them for me when I was young at the local German shoe store (in LA). You would get the cartoons for free. This was in the 70s. Note that there seems to be a big emphasis on the shoes….

Salamander is still in business. I bought a pair of dress shoes last year in Europe.