F. Opper’s most famous creation debuted in 1900, documenting the ongoing tribulations of a good-hearted tramp whose luck is always of the hardest sort. Like many classic strips, Happy Hooligan follows a formula to success: the tramp sees somebody in distress, attempts to help, and is beaten up and arrested for his trouble. Mel Brooks famously said, “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.” This is a strip which embodies this ideal, and we’ve got a bunch of them for you, today!
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