John Cross was primarily an editorial cartoonist, but he did try his hand at humor features every once in a while. Based on my meager files, Cross was active as a cartoonist at least from the 20s-40s, and jumped around a bit. I’ve got samples of his cartoons from the Nashville Tennessean, Nashville Banner and the Knoxville Journal.
Cross did a few local humor features, but this little one-column panel cartoon, Dippy, was his only syndicated effort. The King Features distributed feature was another in a long line of attempts to duplicate the success of Frank Hubbard’s Abe Martin cartoons. This one certainly didn’t take off at all despite some pretty good smirk-inducing homilies in the samples I’ve seen. The dates I have for the daily feature are October 13 1947 to June 5 1948. I’ve not had an opportunity to check what I presume to be Cross’ home paper at the time, the Tennessean, but they would probably offer the best chance at seeing the complete run.