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Obscurity of the Day: Jennifer


The Christian Science Monitor had sort of a mini-golden age of comics in their staid pages during the 1940s. Well, maybe not quite gold, but at least high end aluminum foil. These were the years when Adventures of Waddles, The Bells, and other fine strips ran regularly there. Amid the many new features that came and went in this dcade was Jennifer, a strip (or sometimes panel) about a pig-tailed little girl who thinks rather grandly of herself.  As with most CSM strips, it wasn’t a daily, but just ran a few times per week. It first appeared on November 25 1944 and ended July 26 1946. 

The strip is bylined to Isabelle Grover. I can find not a peep about her on the ‘net. That might just be me not searching well enough, or that old single/married name bugaboo. Another possibility is that the creator used a pseudonym — some artists who worked for the Christian Science Monitor felt it prudent to keep their real identity a secret rather than to be known for practicing Christian Science. 

UPDATE: Paul DiFilippo sends a short article from the Oakland Tribune, January 13 1948 with a mention of Isabelle Grover, so it was apparently not a pseudonym. Oddly it mentions her character Jennifer as if ythe feature is still running. Thanks Paul!

One comment on “Obscurity of the Day: Jennifer

  1. The choice of the name "Jennifer" for the main character is interesting because the name was a lot less common in the mid-1940s compared to its later popularity. Jennifer didn't even make it into the top 1,000 names for girls in the U.S. until 1938.

    I tend to think of comic strip characters' names as being more old-fashioned than trendy. For Isabelle Grover to name her character Jennifer in 1944 seems downright futuristic.

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1942 Seasons Greetings from Christian Science Monitor

I suppose I should wait until closer to Christmas to post this, but I just discovered it, and I’m pretty excited. This page of greetings from the features staff of Christian Science Monitor, published in the December 21 1942 issue, features all sorts of neat stuff. We get self-caricatures of their daily comic strip crew: Richard  Rodgers (Diary of Snubs our Dog), Guernsey LePelley (Tubby and Buddy and Company), L.F. Van Zelm (News Item) and George Hager and Mrs. M.H. Dearborn (Adventures of Waddles). From Just for Fun, the multi-cartoonist gag panel, we get a delightful self-caricature of Gene Carr, a very hurried sketch from Reamer Keller, and we discover that cartoonist Corka is actually Jon Cornin and his unnamed wife (who turns out to be Zena Kavin). We also learn that the K. Parris behind the Facts and Figures panel owns a first name.

The Adventures of Waddles: Week 8

This brings us to the end of part one of the Waddles adventure. But what amazing invention has Jack cooked up? And how will Betty Baldpate get the money she needs to restore the mansion? And how the heck does a trip to another planet figure in to all this? To find out, read the rest of the story over at the Hogan’s Alley website — click here!!!!

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