Here's a real serious obscurity by one of my favorite funny page pioneers, Walter R. Bradford. Bradford's work is usually certifiably nutty, really inventive and off the wall. That Smith Boy
, however, is none of those things, which probably explains why Brad dropped it after just two episodes in the Philadelphia North American
. The first (shown) ran on May 21 1905, the second and last on June 4. It's of the "mother-babies-the-kid, father-bears-the-brunt" school, popular at the time. Brad figured out really quick that there was nowhere interesting for him to go on the topic.
Thanks to Cole Johnson for the scan!