Here’s a real obscure one. I don’t know much about it, but I’ll tell you what I can, and maybe someone who knows more will enlighten us. Joe And Judy was bylined to someone named Walsh, and was signed B. Derfla (that last name’s Alfred backwards). The strips were numbered, and the highest one I’ve seen is #80. All my samples come from the Catholic Herald Citizen of Milwaukee. The strips I have all came from 1951 issues of the weekly newspaper and were not printed in numerical order.
Since the strips aren’t at all religious in nature, I’m betting that they weren’t done particularly for this paper. Perhaps a rejected syndicate submission? I also notice, and it may not mean anything, that in all my samples the two title characters never appear together in one strip. Just sorta odd.
The art, competent but nothing to write home about, doesn’t ring any bells for me, but the style of the signature seems naggingly familiar. Try as I might, though, I just can’t place it. Can anyone think of a cartoonist who might use the name Alfred B.?