Wednesday, July 21, 2021


Obscurity of the Day: The Story of James J. Braddock


Central Press Association offered up quite a few closed-end news-oriented strips in the 1930s, some of which undoubtedly remain unfound by me. These not particularly popular short run items are quite elusive. 

The Story of James J. Braddock, the "Cinderella Man" fighter who won the heavyweight boxing crown long after he was counted out as a has-been, was front burner news in June 1935 in the days after his title bout with Max Baer. Central Press threw together a strip written by Bill Braucher with art by Clifton H. Crittenden that hit the high points of his career. The strip was ready for running on June 17, just three days after the fight, and ended on June 22*, though many papers ran it late, as the Philadelphia Daily News above. 

* Source: Palestine (TX) Herald.


Hello Allan-
Central Press really had a long term investment in offering these short-run news strips, I believe beginning with those drawn by their workhorse, R.J. Scott. A few are seen in here:

Hey, no fair teasing the Stripper. Got all excited to se "Lady Lindy", which had escaped me. Turns out it was a one-shot tho. :-( Nice Scott art on that one.

The Daily News may have started late, but made up for it by running it all the way across its tab page. Nice showcase.
I'm pretty sure there was another "Lady Lindy" strip, one which shows how Lindbergh wooed her in Mexico, (Her father was the U.S. ambassador, you'll remember), and marrying him, and their having a baby, which if I recall, was probably the news point of the strips.
Maybe I'm thinking of something else; I think Scott may have done one-shots as well.
You must be thinking of something else. "Lady Lindy" is about Amelia Earhart.

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