Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Funnies!-April 17th, 1945


Franklin Delano Roosevelt died on April 12th, 1945. As America's only 4 term president his funeral was, as expected, huge! Someone in Detroit decided to save a copy of their local paper on Tuesday, the 17th of April to commemorate the President's passing. Somehow, said newspaper, in all of its rotting pulp paper glory, ended up in a used bookstore in Cincinnati where I found it 30 years later in 1975. The historical stuff was all well and good but 16 year old me (seen above in an early incarnation of the Library) just couldn't resist clipping out a bunch of the comics! Thus, for no reason other than the fact that I was ignorant enough to deface this historical, collectible newspaper (which I still have but which crumbles more every time I touch it these days), we present a selection of the funnies from April 17th, 1945. BATMAN, THE LONE RANGER, JOHNNY HAZARD, DONALD DUCK, BUZ SAWYER, BARNEY GOOGLE (which was pretty much SNUFFY SMITH by that point in all but name), TILLIE THE TOILER, BLONDIE, BRINGING UP FATHER and THIMBLE THEATER (with Popeye!). BLONDIE and SNUFFY still survive. Does POPEYE?
For the record, apparently the popularity of Maggie and Jiggs and Dagwood and Blondie merited larger publication as the original printings were notably a size or two up from the rest of the strips seen here.

2 comments:

Jon K said...

Popeye still runs... although I think only the Sundays are new these days. Given how quickly the newspaper industry is dying, I wouldn't be surprised if that strip ended soon (the syndicate's been trying to get people to pay to read their comics online, but I'm not willing to pony up any bucks for it at this time!).

Booksteve said...

"I notice in this picture from your blog you have the poster from Kirby's IN THE
DAYS OF THE MOB on the wall. I loved that mag!"
Greg Firmin