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Eugene Leslie Ahern (1895 – March 6, 1960) was a cartoonist best known for his bombastic Major Hoople, a pompous character who appeared in the long-run syndicated gag panel Our Boarding House. Many of Ahern’s comic strips took a surreal or screwball approach, notably The Squirrel Cage with its nonsensical catchphrase “Nov shmoz ka pop.”

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In 1921 he introduced the Nut Brothers, Ches and Wal, in Crazy Quilt. That same year, NEA General Manager Frank Rostock suggested to Ahern that he use a boarding house for a setting. Our Boarding House began September 16, 1921, scoring a huge success with readers after the January 1922 arrival of the fustian Major Hoople. The Nut Bros: Ches and Wal ran as a topper strip above Our Boarding House.

11 strips 1934
38 strips 1940
51 strips 1941
27 strips 1950
13 strips 1952
17 strips 1953
51 strips various

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