Monday, January 04, 2016
Obscurity of the Day: Naughty Ned
When I was prepping Naughty Ned to become an Obscurity of the Day, I thought I'd just be commenting on the interesting little switcheroo this strip plays on that boring old comic strip mainstay, the rotten little prank-pulling brat. In Naughty Ned, y'see, the kid wants desperately to be a nasty li'l bugger, but just can't seem to pull it off properly. Talk about an underachiever!
I was going to talk about that, but then I idly typed the creator's name into Google, and things got more interesting. Turns out that Munson Paddock, the creator of Naughty Ned and a short list of other okay but not greatly memorable strips of the late 1900s, has a bit of a fan club among the Golden Age comic book enthusiasts. Seems that Paddock was still cartooning 30-some years later, and his comic book work, especially the sci-fi stuff, has attracted interest.
Well, that's kind of neat, but then I find, if we are to believe these websites, that Paddock went by a laundry list of aliases as well. One of the sites, in fact, claims that Paddock was a woman -- Cecelia Munson Paddock. That seems to be a minority opinion, but another of the cited aliases also perked up my ears. Supposedly Walter Frehm, aka Walter Frame, is also a pseudonym of Mr. or Ms. Munson Paddock. Well, now hold on just a gosh darn second. I think Mr. Frehm, who was a member in good standing of the NCS, would like to keep his status as a real person.
Given all this hyperbolic biographing of Munson Paddock, I think I'll go back to stating what I do know. And that ain't much. But I can tell you that Mr. or Ms. Paddock's Naughty Ned, which is the only strip series s/he did for the Philadelphia North American, ran from March 4 to June 20 1909. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
A public tree on ancestry.com has him dying in 1971, no place listed.
but...Frehm creating The Green Mask and then him and others using the Walter Frame pseudonym on the feature probably got some
jumbled over the years.