Thursday, August 02, 2007
Obscurity of the Day: Noodle the Poodle
We've seen J.C. Henderson on the blog before with a much later entry, Today's Hookup. I've always liked Henderson's style, proving that I'm a sucker for any cartoonist who develops his own signature lettering font.
Noodle the Poodle is Henderson's earliest known feature. I found it in the Boston Post, but I suspect that it was supplied to them by Associated Newspapers, a cooperative syndicate. It ran from July 24 1913 until sometime in 1914 (I'm not finished indexing the early Post yet). It's almost a true daily, missing only a day here or there, which is still a bit unusual in 1913. Henderson wisely decided to keep his style very simple in deference to the frequency. How some of these early daily guys produced a huge detailed 7-column strip every day is beyond me...
I can't help wondering if Pat Sullivan was a fan of the strip. Is it just me or might this strip have served as some small inspiration in the creation of Felix? Seems to me they have a similar feel.
That's just me being contrary. Everybody makes a big deal over Messmer being somehow robbed of recognition; in business the guy who takes the financial chances and pays the bills is due his part. And its not as if Sullivan was by any stretch inept as a cartoonist and idea man, so I like to throw the ball back in his court on occasion.