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Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

Chic Young (1901–1973). Blondie. “Package for Mrs. Bumstead,” May 12, 1957. India ink and graphite drawing. Gift of Jeanne Young O’Neil, 2000. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (013.00.00) © 1957 King Features Syndicate, Inc., TM Hearst Holdings, Inc. LC-DIG-ppmsca-65012
Chic Young (1901–1973). Blondie. “It’s So Sweet of Mr. Dithers to Invite Us. . . ,” July 31, 1949. India ink and graphite drawing. Gift, Jeanne Young O’Neil, 2000. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (013.01.00) © 1949 King Features Syndicate, Inc., TM Hearst Holdings, Inc. LC-DIG-ppmsca-68650
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Blondie and Dagwood

Blondie Boopadoop was introduced to the newspaper comic strip pages as a flapper by Chic Young in 1930. When she married Dagwood Bumstead on February 17, 1933, the couple settled down to the routine of domestic life that involved working, raising children, enjoying the company of neighbors, and eating extremely large sandwiches. Here, with a congenial sense of humor, Chic Young has Dagwood hatch a plot to convince Blondie to get rid of a new hat he dislikes. In the second comic strip shown here, Dagwood and his next-door neighbor Herb happily play cards because all the men—including Dagwood’s boss Mr. Dithers—have to wait for their wives to dress.

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