Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Obscurity of the Day: That Squares It
The very productive J. P. Arnot, a workhorse cartoonist who labored many years for Hearst with little fanfare or recognition, added a strip titled That Squares It to his repertoire in the summer of 1918. The simple concept is pretty well summed up by the title and the the sample above. I'd be a little surprised to learn if it ran anywhere other than in Hearst's New York Evening Journal. I get the impression that this strip was regarded as nothing more than filler, because Arnot continued to produce his regular daily strip, How Do They Do It?, while this second feature was running.
That Squares It ran from August 26 1918 to January 17 1919. Arnot dumped it to begin another vertically oriented strip, The General (see here, here, here and here), which is my personal favorite of all his offerings.