If I was that goose, I’d go on strike. Obviously the star of the show in Alpha, Omega and their Sister Sue, he gets bottom billing! What’s up with that?
Alpha, Omega and their Sister Sue was contributed by Paul West to the New York World Sunday section for just a handful of episodes, from March 9 to 30 1902 (the examples above lack only the premier episode). In the past I’ve described West’s art as repellant. I wonder if someone back then made the same comment to him, because in this strip he’s really done an excellent job of toning down the frightful Halloween-mask faces I so associate with him — the artwork here is actually quite charming.
We just covered the quasi-official Sunbonnet Sue strip recently, and oddly enough, here she pops up again, though by a cartoonist not normally associated with her. West doesn’t seem to have been fully on board with the philosophy of not showing her face, though.
Thanks to Cole Johnson for the scans!