The trials and tribulations of childhood have long been a staple of the comics page. We've been treated to a near endless supply of lovable rascals, scamps and rapscallions over the years. I gotta say, despite similarities to some of our favorite troublemakers, Sals Bostwick's Theodore Roosevelt McKee, aka One-Round Teddy, is a bit of a different animal. Teddy is very much lacking in the lovable department; in fact, he's pretty much a big jerk to everyone he encounters, be it friend, foe, sibling, nameless stranger, or neighborhood pet. Sure he may have a pal named Snoopy, but I hardly find myself empathizing with him the way I do that round-headed kid. You ask me, Mr. McKee, you might want to try beating that boy less and look into getting him some real help; I fear you're raising a sociopath.
One-Round Teddy began on Sunday, May 25, 1924 and that's where I've started the archive; I've put all the Sunday strips from that initial year up for your perusal. I'm not going to single him out but there is a recurring character, Slowfoot, whose appearance and manner are particularly offensive to my sensitivities. Please try to keep in mind that you're viewing work from a different era - I know I have to remind myself when I see such jarring elements in these old strips.
By Sals Bostwick