The Long, Slow Demise of Just Kids


Augustus “Ad” Carter’s Just Kids began losing papers at a good clip in the 1940s. Even the Puck section dropped the strip in the early 40s. Carter had been doing this strip and it’s predecessor, Our Friend Mush, since 1915, so it’s not particularly surprising that the quality of the strip began to ebb.

Until recently the latest Sunday I had for the strip was from 1947, but I just recently came across a few examples from 1953 (one of which is shown here). You’ll notice that the strip was retitled to Mush Stebbins And His Sister; that change took place in 1950 according to the E&P listings. You’ll notice also that the sample strip is credited to Hannah Carter in addition to Ad. That could well mean that Ad had retired, but I don’t know, and I also don’t know who Hannah is – wife, daughter?

E&P continued to list the strip as late as 1956. Has anyone seen an example from that late? Can anyone shed light on the situation with Hannah, and whether Ad was still actually working on the strip?

3 comments on “The Long, Slow Demise of Just Kids

  1. “Ad” Carter was Augustus Daniel Carter, not the political cartoonist Robert Carter. He died in 1957. I believe Hannah was his second wife. He was previously married to Florence Hampton and had a daughter named Hope. I don’t have any information about Hannah contributing to the strip.

  2. Hannah was his third wife. Florence, his second. Next I'm going to correct Wikipedia to reflect this 🙂 I'm Ad's granddaughter, daughter of Hope, the child from his second marriage. Unfortunately Ad died before I was born so I never met him. Thank you fro much or keeping his memory alive. It helps me to know my grandfather a little better.

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