Monday, April 30, 2012


Obscurity of the Day: Hi Hopper

We're still handling the fallout from last week's posting about Crazy Quilt, that great Chicago Tribune jam page feature. This week we're going to focus on the great Frank King, whose Hi Hopper was one of the integral pieces of that feature.

Hi Hopper debuted in the Chicago Tribune Sunday section as a standalone feature on February 1 1914, and after the Crazy Quilt page ended on June 7 1914, Hi Hopper went back to its previous format, ending December 27 1914. As you can see from the samples here, King quickly ran out of ideas for a frog character, and so the character became just a basic nebbish, whose species is immaterial.

Thanks to Cole Johnson for the scans!


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