In the world of Gus Edson's The Gumps
, people could actually read The Gumps
, as evident in the first panel when seen enlarged. But it raises a few questions. Had Min, week after week, read her own life story?
In the next to last panel, Edson curiously confused the gag. He could have moved the characters to the left so that the sign would not have been in Andy's sightline. If he could so easily read the sign, then no need for him to run to the optometrist.
This Sunday strip is from January 23, 1955. For a few earlier Gumps
, click on the labels at bottom. All 20th century radio-TV situation comedies can be traced back to The Gumps
. It was the basis for the radio series Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll developed as Amos 'n' Andy
, such a success that it became the prototype for radio comedies and soap operas. Elizabeth McLeod has written extensively on this strip-to-radio evolution which can be read here
. (Wait for page to load.)
Created by Sidney Smith, The Gumps
began February 12, 1917. Here's how it looked on March 8, 1925. In 1922, when he signed a new contract with the Chicago Tribune
, he was given a Rolls Royce (see ad below). Smith died October 20, 1935, in a head-on collision.
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