Here’s one of his least memorable efforts, Louie and Franz. This pair of German-accented bears (they are bears, right? It can be hard to tell with Mager) had nothing special going for them. The two buttinskis get comeuppance for sticking their noses in touchy situations. Not much ha-ha there. It’s amazing what slight effort was expected in a strip in those days if you were using dialect dialogue. At this late date we can only assume that since this sort of base humor proliferated on the comics pages that it was in fact entertaining its audience. Today even if we make allowances for it and don’t take offense it is often impossible to detect even the barest bit of humor.
Louie and Franz ran in Hearst’s New York Evening Journal from December 23 1904 to January 3 1905. It appeared just four times.
Thanks to Cole Johnson for the scan!