Thursday, August 26, 2010


Obscurity of the Day: Sallie Slick and her Surprising Aunt Amelia

I don't know what direct evidence there might be that Jean Mohr was a female (as opposed to a Frenchman), but she's long been accepted as such. If nothing else, her cartoons look like they're drawn by a woman -- a statement both factual, and I suppose, sexist. Women really seem to know how to draw attractive women, and Sallie certainly is quite the cutie.

Sallie Slick and her Surprising Aunt Amelia ran for one year in the Philadelphia North American, from May 4 1902 to April 26 1903. Mohr sort of takes the Foxy Grandpa concept of a surprisingly spry, wily oldster and sends it off on her own trajectory. The result is a delightful series, attractively drawn, with quite a few clever gags.

Thanks to Cole Johnson for the samples!


Here are a couple more for your amusement, Allan:
What also makes it unusual is that a beautiful young woman is the recipient of bad luck and hospitalization! In almost all cases, especially with early comics, men were always the bad luck recipients, i.e., being arrested, getting a black eye, getting beat up, losing money, etc.
Aunt Amelia looks crazy!
Hello, Allan---Maybe our dilligent drawing detective friend Alex can finally find out just who or what Jean Mohr was. Put him on the case! And yes, I believe Aunt Amelia was crazy.-----Cole Johnson.
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