Monday, October 02, 2006
Obscurity of the Day: Willie Dee
Today's obscurity proves that most every strip has its fans. The first time I met noted comics historian R.C. Harvey, in the midst of chatting about classic comic strips, he asked if I had any Willie Dee strips - he described it as a long-lost favorite of his childhood.
Willie Dee by Vic Green ran from May 10 1948 until sometime in 1952 (anyone have an end date?). Don't know much anything about the cartoonist other than that he produced a booklet of GI cartoons during World War II. But based on the style, which was a favorite of comic book artists during the 40s, I'd be willing to bet that he had some credits under his belt from that business.
The strip is pretty innocuous except for Willie's lisping parrot. Strips featuring that character are unfortunately plentiful, and in my opinion, headache-inducing.
Thanks for the info. That's later than anything I have. Could you provide that link you referred to in your msg?
Thanks for the info about your uncle! Be sure to see the Willie Green Sundays I posted as well, at:
Anyway thanks for putting that up. My family was shocked to find out people other than us knew about Willie Dee. You made my day.
Do you by any chance know anything about the Willie Dee radio show? I could find nothing about it on the web.
and I are so excited that you were named after Willie Dee! That is too cool. We love his work and I was so excited to find this post of others talking about him.