Obscurity of the Day: The Adventures of Bill

The prolific Jay Jackson was one of the finest cartoonists to work in the black press. Unfortunately the short-lived Adventures of Bill doesn’t show him at anywhere near his best, probably because Jackson really loved drawing beautiful women and they were mostly absent from this storyline.

The weekly strip ran in the Chicago Defender from March 17 to September 29 1934. Bill’s adventures, which swung widely between light-hearted material as in our sample, and earnest drama, usually revolved around boxing, and were pretty derivative of Joe Palooka.

Jackson’s wife Mabel is believed to have done a lot of the writing on his features, but this strip was one of the few in which she was granted credit.

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