By Chic Young.

In early 1935, Young made some one-shot gags under the title “Side Show,” but quickly changed to a miniature strip series, “Colonel Potterby and the Duchess.” The “Family Foursome” departed in April and the Colonel took over the top of the page.

The stars of the piece were Colonel Potterby, a short, bald old fellow in a morning coat and top hat, and The Duchess, a middle-aged lady in an old fashioned, leg-o-mutton sleeved dress and man’s fedora. The hat was a common affectation of landed-gentry types then. Still might be. They’re 1930’s screwball comedy, James Thurber-style whimsy. Characters you might meet in a New Yorker cartoon.

41 pages/strips Colonel Potterby and the Dutchess Various



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