Another creation of the father of the funnies, R.F. Outcault, Buddy Tucker was a side character in the Buster Brown strip who was given his own feature. It follows the Buster formula pretty closely, from his talking animal companion (a bear, this time, capitalizing on the Roosevelt-era Teddy Bear fad) to occasional morals written out in the final panel of the strip, underscoring the lesson half-learnt by our protagonist. What made Buddy interesting in his own right were his adventures among nursery rhyme characters and Alice in Wonderland. I've always been a fan of these kinds of kidlit crossovers, and Buddy's are terrific fun.
By R.F. Outcault