I get the distinct impression that this short-lived feature existed only to show off Mr. Bushnell’s dab hand at rendering ostriches! Frankly, I don’t blame him. If I could draw ostriches so well, I don’t think I’d do much else. The gags all play off of the weird impression that people had regarding ostriches’ appetites. They had the notion that ostriches, like goats, would eat literally anything, including (even especially) metal! I’m reminded of the vaguely ostrich-like protagonist of Charley Bowers’ stop-motion classic It’s a Bird.
Enjoy the short but sweet run of Oolo at his new home in the Comic Supplement!