Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Obscurity of the Day: The Adventures of Rhoda and Roger Ragg
Phila Webb was a fixture in the kids' section of the Brooklyn Eagle along with her usual collaborator Jane Corby. We first met this pair of ladies when I covered Cat o' Nine Lives. On today's feature, however, Webb worked alone or at least took sole credit except for one short sequence.
The Adventures of Rhoda and Roger Ragg was the tale of a pair of rag dolls in a bizarre fairy tale land. Sort of Raggedy Ann and Andy meet Alice in Wonderland. The stories, always told in typeset prose, were anywhere from a handful of weeks long to epics that would go on for months.
Here are the various incarnations of the strip:
Adventures of Rhoda and Roger Ragg 4/27 - 11/9/1924
Rhoda and Roger Ragg in Chinatoyland 1/4 - 3/8/1925
Rhoda and Roger Ragg in Storyland 5/10 - 7/12/1925
Rhoda Ragg's Wanderings 4/18 - 6/6/1926
Those Raggs (with Jane Corby) 8/4 - 9/25/1929
Remarkable Adventures of Rhoda and Roger Ragg 1/4/1931 - 6/26/1932
The Ragg Book 7/3/1932 - 3/26/1933
The Raggs at School 4/2 - 6/18/1933
The Raggs at Camp 6/25 - 9/17/1933
Ragg Adventures 9/24/1933 - 2/4/1934
The Ragg Storybook 2/11 - 2/25/1934