Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Obscurity of the Day: Friendly Fido
Here from the pen of Thomas O'Shaughnessy we have Friendly Fido. O'Shaughnessy, utterly forgotten today, was one of the brightest spots on the Chicago Daily News' daily comics page. His spidery pen line might make it tempting to pass him over as yet another William F. Marriner copycat, but his style was much more elegant and sophisticated. The Daily News printed their strips very small, which makes it all the more impressive that he could do such delicate work which nevertheless reproduced well when shrunk by his paper.
Friendy Fido, which was sometimes known as Faithful Fido, began on December 14 1903 and ran sporadically until June 7 1905. All of O'Shaughnessy's various Daily News features ended in 1905, and this impressive cartoonist was never heard from again, at least as far as I can tell.