One of these days I just have to count up all the Katzenjammer Kids rip-offs and all the Believe It or Not copies and see which feature was more imitated.
Today we have another one for the Believe It or Not column. This one is titled Stranger than Fiction, and it was the Brooklyn Eagle‘s entry, distributed by Watkins Syndicate. The creators were a pair of Eagle bullpenners, Walter Galli on art and Richard W. Thomas supplying the amazing facts.
The Brooklyn Eagle had hardly any luck selling features to other papers. I don’t know if Watkins Syndicate had a sales force at all, but if they did then the salesmen really needed some help from Zig Ziglar. In 1939, for instance, Watkins advertised in E&P a whole batch of really snazzy sounding new features, but not a one of them ever seemed to have made it into a paper (including the Eagle itself!).
Stranger than Fiction began as a daily on April 1 1934 (a great omen!), and a Sunday page was added on January 12 1936. The Sunday was the first to expire, on April 4 1937, with the daily sputtering out soon after, on June 5. For some reason the panel was advertised in the 1935 E&P listings under the title Oddities. I’ve never seen the panel itself actually using that title.