Growing Up with the Newspaper Funnies
As a boy and youth, I first enjoyed reading comic books and then later the newspaper funnies before going away to college.
When I was about nine, I remember mom and dad subscribing to the Milwaukee Journal. Every Sunday, we would fight over who would first get to read the comic strip section. The funnies were especially nice because they were in big colored pictures with captions. My favorite daily strips were "Lil Abner" by Al Capp and "Dagwood and Blondie."
We all especially liked "Lil Abner" because it was a great satire of a country bumpkin, 6'3" 19 year old Lil Abner, his family and friends, living in Dog Patch probably in the Ozarks.
In addition to the character of Lil Abner, how can I forget barefoot beautiful Daisy Mae, Lil Abner's girlfriend, and Joe Btfsplk, the world's greatest jinx who always had a dark cloud over his head. Anyone who came into contact with Joe was doomed to have bad luck.
According to Wikipedia, "Lil Abner" ran in many U.S. and Canadian newspapers from 1934 until 1977.
Have you ever read the newspaper funnies?
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