by Michael Vance & Jon Suter
"Both Chic and I figured that the depression was merely one more reason, among many, that people needed to laugh." - Bob Hope
His brother, Lyman, created the Comic strip, Tim Tyler's Luck. His own early strips included The Affairs of Jane, Beautiful Bab, and Dumb Dora. No one would have guessed that what he started on September 8th, 1930 would still be published today in more than 1,800 newspapers, becoming the most successful comic strip in the history of the world.
It's about an American family. It's about Baby Dumpiing, J.C. Dithers, Herb Woodley (the next door neighbor), Daisey, and the daily collision with Mailman Beasley. It's about sleeping, eating, almost missed busses, surly chefs at greasy spoon lunch counters, interrupted baths and huge sandwiches.
Then there are the endless array of door-to-door salesmen hawking worthless junk... the weird kid next door with the nose, the guy with the cowlick yelling, "Blooondieeeee!"
Yep, it's Dagwood and Blondie, a reflection of American society read by more than 150,000,000 people everyday. It's one of the reasons that strips are the most popular art forms in the world.
But you knew that already, didn't you?
Blondie appeared in: Ace Comics ('37-'49, McKay), Comics Reading Libraries ('73-selected issues), Dagwood ('50-'65, Harvey), Daisy & Her Pups ('52-'55, Harvey), King Comics ('36-'52, #82-on, McKay), Magic Comics ('39, #25- on, McKay), Blondie & Dagwood Family ('63-'65, Harvey), and Blondie Comics ('47-'76, McKay/Harvey/King/Charlton).
There were also many giveaway comics, including Eat Right To Work ('42) and Dagwood splits the Atom ('49, King).
Many paperbacks and collections were published. Among these, Blondie & Dagwood's America (Harper & Row, 1981) is excellent. Dagwood and cast also appeared in movies, on radio and television, and merchandising.
Chic's work is highly recommended for readers of all ages.
Some older titles are expensive and difficult to locate. Price guides or comics dealers help. Comics shops, conventions, mail order companies and trade journals are best sources. Prices vary; shop around for the best values.