Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Obscurity of the Day: Butch the Bully

Charles W. Kahles was the king of the repetitive gag in the 1900s, in my estimation, and Butch the Bully offers a sterling example to prove my case. Here we have four episodes from the short-lived series, which ran in Pulitzer's New York World funnies section from February 8 to May 24 1903, and the only slight deviation from formula comes in the second example above, wherein Butch gets his comeuppance not from his boss but rather from a cop. Otherise everything about the strips is essentially identical except for the particular MacGuffin that Butch appropriates.

Thanks to Cole Johnson for the samples.


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