Tuesday Comic Strip Day.
Chester Gould doing a funny strip?
Well, not really. It seems somewhere in the early sixties he allowed his asiistants to create a funny strip, which was added as a topper to the Sunday page in very few newspapers. He may have been involved himself as well, since they signed it all together. An amazing gesture in itself. The gag a week strip is weirdly funny, as you would expect from someone like Gould. It ran for more than a year and it reminds me of the time he used a parody of 'modern' gag strips in one of his storylines about a cartoonist who drew a strip about flees (which were drawn just as dots in the strip, samples of which were used all through that storyline).
I thought these three in my files were the first three. But I have seen mentioned that The gravies started as early as 1956. I will go back and have a look and hope to be adding more later. I guess 'Rick' is Gould's assitant and later Dick Tracey artist Rick Fletcher, but the others don't mean anything to me. Fortunately my followers have added some much needed comments already...