Created by Carl Anderson by sheer accident, Henry attained world-renowned status as one of the great pantomime comic strips in the tradition of Otto Soglow's The Little King.
At first, Henry spoke but a few words of dialogue, then Anderson decided to have him express himself through pantomime. Henry was so popular that it was often reprinted in the foreign press. In fact, it was because William Randolph Hearst saw a German translation of Henry in 1934 that he quickly signed Anderson into syndication with King Features Syndicate. The next year, the first Henry Sunday page appeared, and the silent little lad went on to star in a Fleischer Studios animated film and a book.
Today, King Features Syndicate continues to distribute the classic strip to approximately 75 newspapers.
Eternally silent yet infinitely expressive, the pot-bellied, bald-headed little fellow strolls through life with his hands in his pockets and a cheery whistle on his lips. Henry loves candy, ice cream and Henrietta, not necessarily in that order. And occasionally, he enjoys running a sidewalk stand. Although he's usually good-natured and good-humored, Henry doesn't hesitate to give the bullies on the street a black eye if they give him any guff. He may be silent, but he always gets his point across!
Butch the bully
A dog, a little fat guy and other walk-on characters mainly serve to advance the strip's action with brief dialogue and interaction with Henry.