Obscurity of the Day: Ain’t It The Truth?

Sam Milai was one of the anchor cartoonists at the black-owned and operated Pittsburgh Courier from the 1930s to 60s. In addition to his long-running series Bucky, Sunnyboy Sam and Your History, he did a few short-lived ones, like Ain’t It The Truth?

This panel, which ran in the weekly Courier from December 17 1938 to June 10 1939, was apparently written for Milai by a fellow named Jack Rutledge. I know nothing about him, but he did seem to have a slightly more sophisticated ability to write cartoon comedy than Milai, as displayed in the sample above. That left Milai to do what he did best — draw delightful cartoons. 

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