Obscurity of the Day: For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow


Here’s one that came and went pretty quick. C.H. Wellington, who was a one-man cartooning factory back in those days, did For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow for Hearst’s New York Evening Journal from May 31 to June 18 1910.

It’s a bit surprising (to me anyway) that this is the only continuing comic strip ever to bear this exact title — seemingly a natural since everyone knows the traditional song, and it’s a perfect name for a strip about a good-time Charlie, a harried husband, or an overly accommodating nebbish (as in Wellington’s strip). There is one other strip that uses a variation on the title, but I’ll keep that one under my hat for another day.

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