December 31st, 2015
Ask the Archivist: NEW YEAR, OLD COMICS
by The King
Glad tidings of the season, brothers and sisters. Time to turn the last spade on this year and face the prospect of another one dropping in on us in but a few dwindling hours anon.
We invite you to spend a minute to ponder some timely toons out of time with some past holiday efforts.
KATY 1 JANUARY 1905. Katy was another of James Swinnerton’s troublemaking moppets,
a distaff counterpart to Little Jimmy. She had her own short-lived Sunday series in the 1900s.
POLLY AND HER PALS 1 JANUARY 1916 (above); JERRY ON THE JOB 1 JANUARY 1920 (below)
KRAZY KAT 1 January 1922
R. J. SCOTT comments on the New Year’s tradition, 1 January 1929.
DUMB DORA 27 December 1931. With this Paul Fung strip, your Archivist provides you with a
1932 calendar you can use anew in 2016.
THE BETTER HALF 31 December 1962 (above); OFFICE HOURS 1 January 1971 (below)
THE SMALL SOCIETY 2 January 1983
Please don’t over-imbibe from the wassail bowl. Drive safe and sober and if you’re going to join the throng in Times Square, and be sure and keep your hands on your wallets. Cheerio!
Last but not least before I depart until next week, we must address the Mail Bag:
TO Peter Vollman, Donnie Pitchford, M Hawke, Timothy Fisher, Cephasatl, and everyone else-
Glad to hear from you all, that the effort I put into the ASK THE ARCHIVIST is appreciated. Hope to keep your interest in 2016.
THE KING FEATURES ARCHIVIST.