March 19, 1931: After wandering through the comics pages of 1941, I thought it would be interesting to roll the clock back to 1931. There are a few familiar faces, like “Gasoline Alley,” above; as well as “Tarzan” by Rex Maxon; “Ella Cinders” by Bill Conselman Jr. and Charlie Plumb; and “Harold Teen” by Carl Ed.
You may also recognize a very early “Winnie Winkle,” a strip by Martin Branner that lasted for decades; and “The Gumps” by Sidney Smith. “Mr. and Mrs.” was an unsigned strip done by other artists in the style of Clare Briggs, who died in 1930.
“Life of Riley,” a one-panel strip about dogs by D.T. Carlisle, was new to me, as was “Reg’lar Fellers,” by Gene Byrnes.