Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Obscurity of the Day: That's Not the Half of It
Elmer (aka Al) Messner penned this series, his only syndicated comic strip that I know of. The earliest examples I've found are from February 1926. The syndicate was the smallish Editors Feature Service, whose history is a bit murky. They were responsible for some very good features, but got bought out by Central Press Association in 1927. That's Not the Half of It seems to have been a casualty of that sale, as were many of EFS's less stellar features, and seems to have ended in July 1927.
Elmer Messner went on to a distinguished career as an editorial cartoonist, mostly for the Rochester Times-Union.
Thanks to Cole Johnson for the samples!