Sorry about the lack of posts since Thursday. Blogspot sorta had a little existential crisis last week, sending some of my posts into slumberland for a time. Thought I’d give it some time to get over its hiccups rather than risk the loss of my deathless prose.
So anyway, today we’ve got Animal Wise Cracks by Ralph Wolfe. This was a New York Evening Graphic strip, begun in September or early October 1929, that didn’t fit the mold of their usual material. The Porno-Graphic readership was pretty much limited to adults (we hope), so why run an animal strip obviously aimed at children (and rather dull ones at that)?
Well, to ask why the Graphic did anything is to assume a level of intelligence and planning that simply didn’t exist at that zany paper. So I’m also not going to ask why the strip was renamed Animal Wisecracks in 1930, or why it was advertised in E&P as Animal Antics. Or why the strip was apparently distributed both by the Graphic (as MP Inc.) and McNaught Syndicate. No, I’m just going to say that it expired sometime in 1930, and that it seems to have been Ralph Wolfe’s last syndicated newspaper strip.
Thanks to Cole Johnson for the scans!