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
LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE
POLLY & HER PALS
THE BUNGLE FAMILY
MAJOR HOOPLE (OUR BOARDING HOUSE)
MAGGIE & JIGGS (BRINGING UP FATHER)
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.