benwebster

 

Ben Webster was the titular protagonist of a comic-strip series from 1926 to 1940. He and his dog Briar would regularly face rogue “banksters” and rescue damsels-in-distress.

Ben Webster was a creation of Jay Jerome Willams, using the pen name “Edwin Alger”. His “banksters” were crooked bank executives which manipulated mortgages to steal the homes of honest families. While one of the earliest adventure pages/strips. its didactism and tendency to promote “decent values” has gained it an enduring reputation for dullness.

28 pages/strips Ben Webster 1935-1940

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