We first discussed the New York Herald-Tribune filler strips back on this post. These one-tier strips were mostly pretty bad, with a few notable exceptions. Pookie isn’t anything particularly special, except that it replaced Mal Eaton’s long-running ‘regular’ Sunday, Peter Piltdown.
Peter Piltdown ran in the Herald-Tribune’s Sunday comic section for over a decade, and Pookie was a character in that strip. Eaton’s full-size strip, though it had a healthy run, was never a syndication success, and that’s probably the reason for its demise. Pookie, as a filler strip, wasn’t offered for syndication. It ran, space permitting, from 12/22/47 through 2/29/48, in addition to Eaton’s new full-sized strip Tizzy, also not a syndication success.