Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Friday, June 2, 2023


This is a 76-page one-shot, comprising of samples of eighteen of the more popular daily comic strips of 1937 that were published by NEA Service, Chicago Tribune-N. Y. News Syndicate, Publishers Syndicate, and Bell Syndicate, Inc.  Alas, we get only a snapshot of various story arcs, but it should give you a taste of the state of newspaper comics in 1937.

Included are:
  • Tailspin Tommy by Hal Forrest (4 pages)
  • Dan Dunn, Secret Operative 48 by Norman Marsh (4 pages)
  • Freckles and His Friends by Merrill Blosser (4 pages)
  • Nebbs by Sol Hess (4 pages)
  • Terry and the Pirates by Milton Caniff (4 pages)
  • Apple Mary and Dennie by Martha Orr (4 pages)
  • Alley Oop by V. T. Hamlin (4 pages)
  • Smitty by Walter Berndt (4 pages)
  • Moon Mullins by Frank Willard (4 pages)
  • Gasoline Alley by Frank King (4 pages)
  • The Gumps by Gus Edson (4 pages)
  • Don Winslow of the Navy by Lieut. Comdr. Frank V. Martinek, U.S.N.R. (4 pages)
  • Boots and Her Buddies by Edgar Martin (4 pages)
  • Wash Tubbs by Roy Crane (3 pages)
  • Winnie Winkle by Masrtin Branner (4 pages)
  • Smilin' Jack (when he didn't have that mustache) by Zack Mosley (4 pages)
  • Myra North, Special Nurse by Ray Thompson and Charles Coll (4 pages)
  • Smokey Stover by Bill Holman (4 pages)
You may be familiar with some of these strips, which were published for decades.  How many do you remember?  Any favorites?


  1. I started reading comic books as a kid in the mid-1950s. I read TERRY AND THE PIRATES in the newspaper (I think it was a Sunday only comic). Mostly I read DC comics: The Flash was my favorite. But I also bought GREEN LANTERN, ADAM STRANGE, BAT-MAN, SUPERMAN, and JUSTICE LEAGUE. The only MARVEL comics I read were IRON MAN and DOCTOR STRANGE.

  2. This does bring me back to hearing Lenny Bruce's records on the Fantasy label for the first time, in 1979, with the routine about kids huffing model-airplane glue to get high: A child comes into a drugstore or soda shop and buys, among other things, a TAILSPIN TOMMY comic book and dozens of cases of airplane 'tis: