Betsy Bouncer and Her Doll is one of those weird Sunday pages from the early part of the Twentieth Century we so adore; this one is so up my alley I had to check the site to make sure we hadn’t already opened an archive. Betsy Bouncer is an otherwise ordinary girl but for the fact that her closest companion is a grotesque almost-human-but-not-quite living doll. The relationship between girl and doll is a nightmarish one as the plaything is constantly plotting oh-so-funny ways to injure her owner, say by bee stings or a bear mauling . The doll typically gets what is coming to her, though sometimes in a surprisingly brutal fashion – it’s not often the star of a comic strip is beheaded, is it?
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