W is for Wee Pals #AtoZChallenge

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.

If you are here looking for my typical Monday post on a parenting topic, I will go back to my regular schedule in May. Until then, enjoy the A to Z Challenge…

W is for Wee Pals, by Morrie Turner. The strip ran from 1965 to 2014. It was the first syndicated comic strip to have a cast of diverse ethnicities (dubbed the “Rainbow Gang”). When it debuted, only 5 newspapers carried the strip as many newspapers refused to carry it because it featured black characters. After the death of Martin Luther King Jr., the number of papers carrying Wee Pals grew to either 60 or 100 (sources vary).

As the popularity of the strip grew, Turner added a weekly section called “Soul Center” that profiled notable African Americans from history.

Previous Posts

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

J is for Joe Palooka

K is for Krazy Kat

L is Li’l Abner

M is for Marmaduke

N is for Non-Sequester

O is for Outland and Opus

P is for Peanuts

Q is for Queen’s Counsel 

R is Rose is Rose

S is for Sally Forth

T is for Terry and the Pirates

U is for U.S. Acres 

V is for The Van Swaggers

2 thoughts on “W is for Wee Pals #AtoZChallenge

  1. Liam says:

    I must’ve read the prejudiced papers because I’ve never seen this one before.

  2. That’s a pretty amazing history. Glad it had a nice long run.

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