Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Friday, November 4, 2022


 Hopalong Cassidy hit the funny pages in 1949 and was distributed by Mirror Enterprise Syndicate until 1951 when it was bought out by King Features; the strip lasted until 1955.  Drawn by Dan Spiegle and scripted by Royal King Cole, the Hoppy from the newpaper comics section looked a lot like William Boyd, who played Hoppy in 66 film from 1935 to 1948, and then on radio and Saturday morning television.

The character was first created in a series of short stories and novels beginning in 1904 by Clarence E. Mulford.  That Hoppy was a tough-talking, rude, and dangerous critter -- a far cry from the sarsapirilla-drinking, clean-cut character who never drew first that Boyd represented.

In this sequence, "Alias Fancy Frank Sharpe," a con man pretends to be Sir Roland Darby, a major owner of the Bar-20 Ranch.  The phoney owner plans to sell the ranch.  Can Hoppy sstop him in time?

This one take me back to the 50s, which to me meant only one thing -- sitting back and taking in the adventure of Hopalong Cassidy on our old black-and-white TV every Saturday morning.

Enjoy this bit of nostalgia.

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