The Dippy Dudes is a pretty funny strip about a pair of upper class half-wits. Funny, that is, unless you have trouble parsing the sometimes arcane dialogue, which attempts to accurately reflect the pair’s lisping speech. If that’s the case then it’s just really annoying.

The Dippy Dudes ran sporadically in one version of the McClure Syndicate’s several boilerplate Sunday comics sections. It almost seems to have been a variant section, because it’s one of the hardest McClure pages/strips of the period to come by. The strip ran from April 2 1905 to February 4 1906. The Dippy Dudes started life under the title Wobby and Weggy, then Robby and Reggy, then settled on the listed title May 14 1905.

The creator of the strip doesn’t seem to have thought much of his feature. Only a few pages/strips are signed with the moniker ‘Lester’, most are unsigned. I know nothing of this Lester fellow, but his cartooning skills, while rough, showed some promise. Either that promise went unfulfilled or he signed a different name to his later works because this is the only newspaper strip series signed with that name.

34 pages/strips Dippy Dudes 1905



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