Monday, July 02, 2012
Obscurity of the Day: Horace the Hero
Yet, bizarrely, there seems to be no one who knows anything about the guy! I looked through every reference book that seemed likely to yield a crumb or two about him, and I came up dry -- not even a first name! So consider this obscurity of the day more rightly a plea for information -- are you able to contribute? Will our ace people finder Alex Jay work some magic? We'll see...
Today's obscurity is Wilson's first known series, and it was a cute effort, but short-lived. Horace the Hero ran only from April 13 to May 4 1902 in the New York World. It features a fellow who fancies himself a daredevil, and who, predictably enough, has his stunts backfire.
Quiz: only three American newspaper comics that I know of featured a character named Horace in the title; this one, another 1900s obscurity called Hallucinations of Horace, and one more that ran for three decades -- can you name it? And no fair Googling...
Thanks to Cole Johnson for the scans!
Dotty's hubby was Horace, but he wasn't in the title, so honorable mention to ShadZ!