Monday, September 27, 2010
Obscurity of the Day: Sister Susie
It is rare to find a mention of this beautifully drawn and well-crafted strip in references, and one of the few mentions is an unfairly tepid one from historian/cartoonist Trina Robbins in her book A Century of Women Cartoonists, in which she describes Sister Susie as a mere "cute girl strip." What a shame; she must not have been able to locate but the one example she showed there (a weaker effort, granted). I hope the examples above will dispel the notion that this was any mere trifle.
Sister Susie was a Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate product that found its way into very few papers other than Daily News itself. It began running there on January 26 1936 and the last episode is reported to be on August 30 1936. However, I have a tearsheet from an unidentified source newspaper dated December 20th of that year with Sister Susie. Maybe it's a rerun, maybe it ran late, or maybe the series continued on longer than reported. Anyone have additional info?
I added it as the fourth sample above. Streaky and Dopey Dildock, on the reverse, are both clearly dated December 20.
This page isn't among the 32 pages published from January 26 1936 to August 30 1936 on the Chicago Tribune.
I think we've got enough of a sampling of Sister Susie here (we don't go in for mass reprinting), but thanks very much for the offer!