Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Happy 80 Years of Blondie

Debuting this day back in 1930, Blondie by Chic Young was the story of a young flighty flapper girl who started to date a wealthy young man Dagwood Bumstead. Dagwood's folks didn't approve of their son's girlfriend and when he announced that he was going to marry Blondie, his parents disowned him. A very funny gag sequence of Dagwood going on a hunger strike followed and on February 17, 1933, Blondie and Dagwood were married.

Blondie has gone on to be one of the most popular and successful comic strips. A popular radio series started in 1939 and was on the air until 1950.
In 1938 Columbia Pictures produced the first of 28 films of Blondie & Dagwood staring Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake (pictured above). There was also a couple of sitcoms and numerous animated specials.

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