Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Obscurity of the Day: Hannah
The amazingly prolific Courtney Dunkel had newspaper series published by a bunch of different syndicates, with Hannah his only entry from the McClure Syndicate. It was also one of only two in which he used a continuing character, this time a sweet old lady, and billed as a pantomime.
Courtney Dunkel was no stickler, though. When he comes up with a gag about duck hunting, well, why shouldn't an old lady in a maxi-length skirt be involved? And just because the strip is a pantomime, if you can't quite get the gag over, well, what's one little word balloon between friends?
Hannah debuted on
November 20 1944, and was sold not only as a pantomime (hey, run it in
foreign language papers!) but also as a vertical so that it takes up a
mere one column space (fit it in anywhere!). Newspaper editors were
generally not too enthused, as there were more and more one-column
panels being produced in those days of (supposed) paper shortages. The
strip never appeared in more than a modest number of papers, and was
quietly retired on December 27 1947** after a three year run.
* Source: Chicago Sun