Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Obscurity of the Day: Stories Without Words

Today from the Judge syndicate (see the last two posts for more info) we have Gustave Verbeck's Stories Without Words. Shown here is the first episode. The title of the strip took awhile to settle in. On the second week the title was Wild Animal Stories Without Words, then Animal Stories Without Words, then finally alternating between the listed title and A Story Without Words. As usual with Verbeck, his simple drawings belied some very inventive plots, like the one above.

The Verbeck effort was one of the ones that either Judge or the Public Ledger dropped when the 'section' was reduced to a single page. The run lasted from May 2 to August 1 1909.


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