Thursday, September 30, 2010
Obscurity of the Day: Soosie the Shopper
The UPC (United Publishers Corporation) News Service was a minor syndicate that seemed to specialize mostly in business and economics features, but for reasons unknown they liked to keep a contingent of just one comic strip on their roster. The earliest one of these that I'm aware of is Soosie the Shopper, a delicious trifle about a pretty girl who is clothes-shopping mad, and her poor Daddikins who has to foot the bill.
The strip has no pretensions to greatness, but the superbly madcap art of Charles Forbell (perhaps best remembered for his exquisite Sunday series Naughty Pete) succeeds in overcoming the hackneyed gags by some fellow named Floherty.
Sadly, the series was short-lived. I'd like to think it was because Charles Forbell had better things to do -- but if he did I don't know where he did them. He next pops onto my radar in 1929 with an even more obscure comic strip, Cuddles.
Susie the Shopper ran in a very small client list of papers, the longest run of which I've encountered runs from April 6 to October 17 1925.