Monday, August 28, 2006
Obscurity of the Day: Fritz von Blitz the Kaiser's Hoodoo
Here we have one deliciously nasty anti-German strip from World War I. H.C. Greening revived his Percy the robot characters (earlier featured in Percy - Brains He Has Nix) for the New York Tribune on August 18 1918, just beating out the end of hostilities by a few months. Undaunted by the end of the war in November, Fritz Von Blitz The Kaiser's Hoodoo kept right on running until February 23 1919. After that Greening waved his own flag of truce and renamed the strip to Percy.
Although robot characters were not unknown in the comics of the day, Percy is one of a select few who got the star treatment in his own strip, and probably the only one to have his own long-running Sunday page.