FUNNY ON PAPER (PART THREE)

Comic strip

 The first two installments in this series were devoted primarily to statistics/the funnies’ business side (Part One) and profiles of two “colorful characters” (Part Two) of the 1933 comic strip world, based on a 1933 magazine article. Part Three will wrap up this article by asking you to imagine you’ve just awakened to find that you’re becoming a 1933 cartoon character, and you need to find out fast who your comics cohorts are, and what they’re up to.

So you’re looking to be filled in, but drawing a blank.
You wonder, “Am I still dreaming? Is this a prank?”
Relax, my good man/gal, you have nothing to fear —
You are among friends, as you can see here:

MUTT & JEFF
BARNEY GOOGLE
DICK TRACY
HAIRBREADTH HARRY
LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE

BOOB McNUTT
THE GUMPS
MOON MULLINS
GASOLINE ALLEY
WINNIE WINKLE

TARZAN
POLLY & HER PALS
KATZENJAMMER KIDS
KRAZY KAT
SKIPPY
BLONDIE

TOONERVILLE FOLKS
THE BUNGLE FAMILY
POPEYE
MAJOR HOOPLE (OUR BOARDING HOUSE)
MICKEY MOUSE

COUNT SCREWLOOSE
BUNKY
BUCK ROGERS
MAGGIE & JIGGS (BRINGING UP FATHER)
JOE PALOOKA

Alas, the 1933 magazine article assumes that its readers know all about these characters, and so we will have to turn elsewhere to find out what they’re up to. As it happens, your faithful correspondent owns exactly the elsewhere to turn to: a book titled THE SMITHSONIAN COLLECTION OF NEWSPAPER COMICS. That’s next.