Give Ted a couple words and he’ll spell ‘em for you, sure, but beware, that’s when the c-r-a-z-y starts. This one follows a pretty strict formula week in and week out, but manages to serve up some pretty wild imagery along the way. I’ve posted the first few months, starting with the introductory strip seen above.
Dreamy Dot comes from the mysterious “Hal” and is aimed squarely at the young girls of 1916. She spends a lot of time talking to her dolly and pondering life’s great mysteries such as “what makes a ball bounce?” and “why do schools have rules?” I doubt this is going to rank among anyone’s all-time favorites, but it is cute enough fun for its target audience.
Dreams do come true! It seems like only yesterday I was wondering what those “lost” Dreamy Dave strips might be like and now they’re here for everyone to enjoy. They are pretty much what you’d expect, though the jam page above is a very nice surprise, complete with a photo of Charles H. Wellington (among others). The new Dave strips start here.
Also featured in the above are characters from Dink Shannon’s Sammy Small, as well as his Mr. Pest – Book Agent, John E. Bernier’s Peter Barnum Botts, Ed A. Goewey’s Do You Remember Your Kid Days?, Johnny Gruelle’s Cousin Bud, and Wellington’s Grandma’s Girl.
Quite a while back I posted one of these, but now I have the entire run for you. Start with the one above and work your way forward through the week.
Oh Splash! It’s Samson the Strong Man! Samson is a forebear of the modern superhero, cut from the same cloth as one of our old favorites, Hugo Hercules (their very names call forth strong men of legend, for crying out loud). Samson made his debut in 1905–an awfully long time ago for sure–but that only earns him the distinction of being one of the earliest supermen of the comics page, beaten to the punch at least by the aforementioned Hugo and the high flying Billy Bounce. My enthusiasm is squelched a bit by the racial stereotyping, but for the sake of superhero history, Samson is an interesting find.
I recently lamented the fact that I couldn’t find any more comics from the artist behind Clarence Culpepper and His Six Adoring Sisters, but guess what? I took another look and I still couldn’t find any. But I did uncover a number of illustrations, many accompanying articles written by Bonney Royal herself. These are pretty cool, especially if you have a fondness for Chicago.