For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of comic strips. For those young ones out there, a comic strip is a few drawn panels telling a story which appears in the newspaper. The first daily comic strip began in 1907, but the color comics (Sunday funnies) actually began back in 1894.
J is for Joe Palooka, which began in 1930 and ended in 1984. This comic strip, started by Ham Fisher, centered around a heavyweight boxing champion.
At its peak, the strip ran in 900 newspapers. Fisher was the author and illustrator until his death in 1955. His assistant, Moe Leff, took over for the next four year before being replaced by Morris Weiss (author) and Tony DiPreta (illustrator) who worked on the strip until it ended 1984.
The strip was made into 12 feature-length films, a 1954 television series, and into a 1940s board game. There were comic books and merchandise including a watch and metal lunch box. Joe Palooka even appeared on a 1946 Wheaties cereal box. In 1980, a mountain in Pennsylvania was named after the character.
A is for Archie
B is for Blondie
C is for Calvin and Hobbes
D is for Dilbert
E is for Ella Cinders
F is for Family Circus
G is for Garfield
H is for Hagar the Horrible
I is for The Invisible Scarlet O’Neil