Tuesday, September 30, 2014

All Aboard!

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

I have written about this strip before, so I will keep it short. From 1957 Frank Roberge drew a strip about an old lady running a boarding house. There was an old guyplaying caretaker as well and he ater turned out to be her husband or something like that. The strip was full of characters and the setting was a atural. The renters were odd and if they weren't funny enough they coul always be replaced. I found a new source for the strips and will try and show some more, but actually if there ever was a strip that deserved to be collected, it is this one. It was written by Mort Walker and Jerry Dumas and the rest of the Walker Studio team. By 1962, Roberge took over the strip on his own, dropped the boarding house and kept it running for most of the decade as a retirement strip - which was not nearly as funny. But for a short period between 1957 and somewhere early in the sixtes it was one of the funniest strip around, possibly even with a better enemble cast than Beetle Bailey and as far a I am concerned obligatory study material for anyone who wants to do a character driven strip.

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