I recently bought some things at auction and in a box I found a lead plate for printing a comic by the name of "PUGGY". It is a four panel strip and is in pretty good shape overall. In it the boy (Puggy) comes in with dirty hands from making mud pies and mom sends him to wash up. When asked if his hands are clean he states they are not but that he has at least got them to match. The cartoonist's first name i Horace, but the last name is obscured. I have done some searching online and been unable to find info on the strip "PUGGY" and was curious as to when and where is ran. Any info could share would be appreciated.
Answer Hi, Brook - thanks for your question!
While newspaper strips are a bit out of my wheelhouse (my category is comic books, rather than strips), I do know that Horace T. Elmo is the cartoonist you're seeking. While somewhat obscure, Elmo did create a couple of his own comics syndicates - Elmo Features and Lincoln Syndicate - and had tried his hand at a few strips, as well as having done some very brief work in comic books.
His heyday was in the mid 1950s and this strip existed in the early-to-mid 1960s alongside another of his strips, "Tell Me". Puggy was published locally by the News Reporter of Hubbard, Ohio.
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