Billy Bowwow Just Wants to Be Loved!

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Here we have another daily strip from the very dawn of newspaper comics. It ran alongside The Importance of Mr. Peewee, though with a more irregular schedule, giving it a place in the first handful of comic dailies. Unlike the somewhat obscure premise of Peewee, Billy Bowwow‘s themes and gags are universal: a would-be paramour, an anthropomorphized King Charles Spaniel, attempts to court a pretty pug. Each strip is capped off with some violence done to our poor protagonist, reminding me of Mr. Jack. But where Mr. Jack, the indefatigable rake, usually has it coming to him, Billy seems to get the short end of the stick merely by possessing the temerity to pursue his love’s object. Poor fella!

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