Sam Rawls, who went by the nome de plume ‘Scrawls’, produced Pop’s Place for King Features. Pop is a bartender who, along with his partner Harve, served up laughs from March 24 1986 to sometime in 2001. The strip was originally both a Sunday and a daily but the Sunday seems to have been dropped in 1993.
Rawls was a well-regarded editorial cartoonist who worked at an impressive roll call of papers, starting at the Ocala Star-Banner just a short drive from Stripper’s Guide world headquarters. He then went on to the Palm Beach Post-Times, Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Constitution.
Though Pop’s Place had a pretty long run it never ran in many papers. Why King held onto it for so long is a bit of a mystery. King is notable for their indulgence in keeping strips that are clearly not making any headway.
One tidbit about Pop’s Place — the bar setting seems to have morphed into more of a restaurant over the years. I have to wonder if the American newspaper is so prudish that the change was deemed necessary to make the strip more wholesome? Watch out Andy Capp, they’ll have you joining a book club one of these days.