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The Funny Pages, 1951

March 24, 2011 |  3:47 am





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Looks like someone has painted a big arrow on the pavement! Are we really supposed to believe that anybody could fit in a slot machine? Even in “Dick Tracy?”




March 24, 1951:  Here’s what was on The Times’ comics page in 1951. There were the long-running stalwarts, like  “Dick Tracy” and “Nancy,” but also some obscure strips, like “Dawn O’Day” and “Casey Ruggles.” 

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The Times comics in 1931

The Times comics in 1941




 
  March 24, 1951, Comics  

That crazy Al Capp has a sense of humor! 

  March 24, 1951, Comics  

Ferd’nand  by Mik, one of the world’s few wordless comics.

  March 24, 1951, Comics  

What is going on in “Abbie an’ Slats?”  Looks like some fellow is terrorizing the office!

  March 24, 1951, Comics  

Oh dear. It’s “Rex Morgan, M.D.” by Dal Curtis.

  March 24, 1951, Comics  

“Dotty Dripple” by Buford Tune, was one of the 1950s sitcom strips.

  March 24, 1951, Comics  

I grew up reading “Moon Mullins” on the cover of the Chicago Tribune’s sports page. In 1951, the strip was drawn by Frank Willard, but by the time I started reading it, the strip had been taken over by Ferd Johnson.

  March 24, 1951, Comics  

“Terry and the Pirates” by George Wunder is one of my least favorite strips because in later years the artwork was so mannered and busy. At this point, it’s still readable.

  March 24, 1951, Comics  

“Ella Cinders” has somehow survived into the 1950s.

  March 24, 1951, Comics  

…And so has “Harold Teen,” with a redesign of the characters.

  March 24, 1951, Comics  

Look! It’s “Mary Meddler” (a.k.a. “Mary Worth), although the strip is now credited to Ken Allen.

  March 24, 1951, Comics  

“Brenda Starr!!”

  March 24, 1951, Comics  

Until I pulled up this comics page, I had never heard of “Casey Ruggles,” by Warren Tufts.

  March 24, 1951, Comics  

It’s the eyeless characters of Harold Gary in “Orphan Annie!”

  March 24, 1951, Comics  

Notice the distinctive lettering in “Gasoline Alley.”   But is poor old Gink part duck?

  March 24, 1951, Comics  

I didn’t realize “Napoleon” lasted into the 1950s, virtually unchanged.

  March 24, 1951, Comics  

“Dawn O’Day” by Val Heinz looks like a “Terry and the Pirates”-“Steve Canyon” clone.

  March 24, 1951, Comics  

And, of course, the incomparable “Nancy” by the equally incomparable Ernie Bushmiller.
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