Chic Young's Blondie began as a comic strip on September 8. 1930. Eighty-seven years l;ater it is still going strong,having spawned two television shows, a successful film series, a long-running radio show, animated cartoons and several books.
Originally, Dagwood Bumstead was the scion of a wealthy railroad family. He dated Blondie Boopadoop, a lovely "flapper" and (apparently) showgirl. When the two got married, Dagwood's family disowned him and the married couple had to survive on their own. Blondie evolved into a suburban housewife, while Dagwood went to work as the J. C. Dithers Construction Company's office manager. They had a son, Alexander, originally called Baby Dumpling; then a daughter, Cookie. Both are eternal teenagers now. In the 60s, their dog Daisy had a litter of five unnamed pups. Daisy has stayed with the strip, but the pups are now long-gone. The Bumstead's now live in an unnamed suburb, which was once in the Joplin, Missouri, area. In popular culture, the comic strip has given the world the Dagwood Sandwich.
The Blondie radio show began on CBS as a summer replacement show for The Eddie Cantor Show. The show continued on CBS (moving briefly to NBC for a few months in the latter half of 1944) until June 1949. It spent its final season on ABC and ended in July, 1950. Arthur Lake and Penny Singleton reprised their roles from the film series.
"Dagwood's New Suit" was first broadcast on October 30, 1939.