Obscurity of the Day: That Smith Boy

Here’s a real serious obscurity by one of my favorite funny page pioneers, Walter R. Bradford. Bradford’s work is usually certifiably nutty, really inventive and off the wall. That Smith Boy, however, is none of those things, which probably explains why Brad dropped it after just two episodes in the Philadelphia North American. The first (shown) ran on May 21 1905, the second and last on June 4. It’s of the “mother-babies-the-kid, father-bears-the-brunt” school, popular at the time. Brad figured out really quick that there was nowhere interesting for him to go on the topic.

Thanks to Cole Johnson for the scan!

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