Ray Hoppman pops up mostly at lesser syndicates in the 1920s and 30s, but in 1927-28 he may have gone out on his own, figuring he couldn’t do much worse at selling his wares than Readers Syndicate, CV Syndicate, Columbia Newspaper Service and the like. Apparently his first successful feature (and by successful I merely mean that it found a few takers) was the weekly panel cartoon, Twinkling Stars.
Twinkling Stars may not be just another one of those ho-hum movie star bio features — it may well be the first of the breed. Seein’ Stars, Closeup and Comedy, Star Dust, Screen Odditiies … they all postdate it. Am I forgetting an earlier one?
Twinkling Stars was a weekly feature, and it’s longest run so far found was in the Columbus Dispatch, where it appeared from January 30 to September 11 1927.
PS — I’d never heard of Renee Adoree, and assumed she was just another foreign silent star who couldn’t make the transition to talkies. The truth was much sadder.