Saturday, March 14, 2015

1149: "What Was That Comic About the Boy?" "Thanks, Mom, That Really Narrows It Down."

When I first got my giant encyclopedia on comic strips, my mom asked me about "this comic strip about a boy." Well, that narrowed it down a lot but she was able to say that the boy had dark hair, and talked to animals. The only comics I could think of that even remotely matched her description were Wee Pals:
freaking Mark Trail:
and Dondi:

None of these strips were what my mom was talking about. One, being about a "dark-haired boy" is stretching it and, two, none of them talk to animals. I still think that my mom either made it up or she was talking about Dondi, a strip that ran from 1955 to 1986 so it's possible she may have seen it. I think she mixed it up with Mark Trail or something. Let's all remember that this is the same woman who asked me a couple days ago "who was that cartoon character on the glass who would help people?"*

Dondi was a World War II orphan created by Gus Edson and Irwin Hasen. Edson died in 1966 and Bob Oksner took over his duties with Hasen until the strip ended in 1986. Oksner passed away in 2007 and Hasen passed away yesterday, March 13, 2015, at the age of 96.

So I guess we are using the words 'quality' and 'food' loosely here.

Wait a minute, four days ago, Wilberforce was complaining about having to walk to school in the rain but now he wants to go play in it? I'd let him go then the next time he complains about walking to school in the rain, show him this strip then through him out the door.

*It was this guy: