Friday, July 14, 2006
Smith-Mann Syndicate VII: Sunny Boy Sam
Most of the Smith-Mann Sunday section material was new, but one real old-timer to make the jump to color was Sunny Boy Sam, a strip that had been running in the Pittsburgh Courier since way back in 1928. It was created by Wilbert Holloway, and he was credited on the strip until 1969, an impressive run by any standard, though I get the feeling that some portions of the run might have been reruns. The long run continued under the pen of Clarence Washington until sometime in the 1970s, long after comic strips had become unfashionable in the black papers.
The last I know of is from 1976, but it may have run much longer - the film archive I was working from ended with that year.