If you recall, a couple weeks ago we discussed Teddy, Jack and Mary, Tom McNamara’s kid strip that got publicly dumped on by the Chicago Tribune‘s readers in a popularity contest. Well, McNamara originally got his Tribune berth by giving the heave-ho to yet another kid strip called Kids.
The creator of Kids, Bert Green, had just a few short-lived syndicated features back in the teens, one with NEA and another with the New York Evening Telegram. But if memory serves he was gainfully employed as a bullpen artist throughout the teens and twenties. Kids was his first ‘bigtime’ syndicate contract and started appearing February 19 1928. He got the hook on May 12 1929 and Tom McNamara’s strip premiered the week after.
It’s possible that Bert Green gave up the strip voluntarily. In 1929 he published a book of prose and cartoons titled Love Letters of an Interior Decorator which did pretty well. Perhaps he thought he’d discovered greener pastures?
By the way, the book is a delightful zany romp — if you come upon a cheap copy I recommend you pick it up.