Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Gumps by Sidney Smith: Silver Creek Ranch 1933

Below is a delightful Gumps adventure from 1933 by Sidney Smith in glorious full color. And glorious aging newsprint. There are a couple of missing pages, but due to the pace of the story, you barely notice. This is the first Gumps Sunday adventure I've had a chance to read. I've read a couple of collections of the daily strips in the past and enjoyed them. Apparently, the Sunday strips focused on their young son Chester. I'm sure this was the case because the thought at the time was that adults read the daily strips and the Sunday's were for the kids. In the early days of the 20th Century, its seems adults had an adverse reaction to color. Who knew? The story really becomes interesting about 7 pages in. Not only does the interest level rise due to conflict, but the actual coloring on the pages become marvelous. Enjoy!

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