Monday, November 09, 2009

 

Obscurity of the Day: Inbad the Tailor




Harry Martin, the man who created the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Weatherbird, has been discussed before on the blog (It Happened In Birdland), and here's another of his 'bird' comic strips. Martin used birds in much the same way that Gus Mager used monkeys -- the species of the characters began as part of the gag, but then as the years went on both creators seemed to stick with their animal characters more out of habit than for any plot-related reasons.

Inbad The Tailor ran from April 27 1911 to June 18 1912 in Hearst's New York American. As you can see from the samples above that date to the middle of 1911, the tailor aspect of the strip didn't last long. Inbad himself was often jettisoned from the strip in favor of two young lovers, Dickie and Duckie.

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I've been wondering about this one for a while, thanks! From the strips I've seen I could tell the character's name is Inbad, but I had no idea he was supposed to be a tailor! The punny name loses everything devoid of that little piece of the puzzle...
 
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