Obscurity of the Day: Papa and Winning Willie


Here’s another of DeVoss Driscoll’s strips from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. You may recall from previous posts that Driscoll was essentially on his own to cartoon their whole Sunday funnies section.

This one goes by the working title Papa and Winning Willie – the strip wasn’t named in any consistent manner, but these were the two main characters. It ran from November 22 1903 through January 31 1904. The strip traded on the Buster Brown bad boy theme and is pretty forgettable stuff, though Driscoll’s slightly askew art is always worth a look. I did get a chuckle out of the roadmap comment in this one, and Willie’s expression in the final panel is priceless.

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