Monday, March 11, 2013
Obscurity of the Day: Full House
Dustin already has a similar niche covered, and you're right. However, I think it only fair that we give some points to Full House for beating Dustin to market by, oh, a quarter-century or so. It debuted on May 21 1984.
Full House was the first and only strip on which Ralston Jones took solo credit. This fine cartoonist also had a long career working behind the scenes as a gag writer for major humor strips, and did the art on Mr. Abernathy for most of its run. Unfortunately, Jones seems to have been ahead of his time with the concept of kids moving back in with their parents. The Field Enterprises daily and Sunday strip started out with a small client list, and when that list adamantly refused to grow, either Jones or the syndicate threw in the towel. The strip ended sometime in 1985 (exact date unknown).