October 1st, 2015

Ask the Archivist: NEEDLENOSE NOONAN

by The King

Hello, Loyal Subjects of the Kingdom-

For today’s obscurity from the murky pages of funnies past I’ve dredged up the short-lived Walter Hoban series, Needlenose Noonan, the story of a  not-too-bright young cop on a small-town police force.

Cops have been a source of comics comedy for many years. The first series with such a scenario was Syd Griffin & Charles W. Kahles’s Clarence The Cop, done for Pulitzer from 1901-1908. A contemporary series would be Sam & Silo by Jerry Dumas, whom we’ve chronicled here:

http://comicskingdom.com/blog/2012/09/19/ask-the-archivist-the-duckwater-tour

Noonan was kind of a shrimp for law enforcement,  and maybe that’s why he was usually given odd complaints to investigate, resulting in a dumb misinterpretation or exaggeration, much like Hoban’s more famous Jerry On The Job.

This was a Sunday series, and the top comic was “Dis-continued Stories,” often involving wayward animals, which would cut off before a (usually fatal) ending.

24 September 1933 (#1)

24 September 1933 (#1)
25 March 1934

25 March 1934
6 May 1934

6 May 1934
16 December 1934

16 December 1934
17 February 1935

17 February 1935
24 February 1935

24 February 1935
10 March 1935

10 March 1935

Hoban was getting old and had only a few years left. It would be a fair guess that most of the artwork here is actually that of his assistant, Bob Naylor, though the pattern of huge commotion over little cause is a good match for Hoban’s writing style. This was the last series created by Hoban. It ran from 24 September 1933 to 15 September 1935.

Yours truly,

THE KING FEATURES ARCHIVIST…

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