Smitty

Publisher: Dell
Publication Dates: February-April 1948 – August-October 1949
Number of Issues Published: 7 (#1 – #7)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock: glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: was on-going series

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

Smitty was a newspaper comic strip created in the early 1920s by Walter Berndt. Syndicated nationally by the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate, it ran from November 29, 1922, to 1974 and brought Berndt a Reuben Award in 1969.

The strip featured young office boy Smitty, his six-year-old brother Herby, his girlfriend Ginny and his dog Scraps. Other characters were Smitty’s boss, Mr. Bailey, and the Indian guide, Little Moose. Berndt based the strip on his own experience as an office boy, recalling, “I learned the tricks, shenangians and schemes of an office boy and became expert at them.” Berndt saw his creation as featuring “flashbacks of things you did as a young fellow.” As the strip progressed, the teenage Smitty aged to young adulthood (approximately 13 to 23) and eventually got married.

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