Obscurity of the Day: Doctor Domehead

This is one of Walter Bradford’s earliest strips for the Philadelphia North American, the paper that would be his home for the next couple of decades. Bradford wasn’t much of an artist, but he made up for the deficiency by having an inspired sense of playfulness, and sometimes out and out lunacy, that can’t fail to induce chuckles. Amazingly enough, Bradford never seemed to wind down; his later work was just as fresh and high-spirited as his early stuff.

Doctor Domehead, usually subtitled Science Made Simple, is one of the many ‘nutty professor’ strips that were so popular in the early decades of the funnies. It ran from March 5 to June 25 1905.

Tip of the dome-warmer to Cole Johnson for the scan.

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