Crumbling Paper: Boob McNutt by Rube Goldberg (Strip #1)

There was a recent request on the Comics Journal message board for more information about Rube Goldberg‘s Boob McNutt. Rube Goldberg is, of course, best known for his inventions comics that got him immortalized in the dictionary. However, the inventions were only one aspect of his output… I much prefer his other stuff to the funny but formulaic inventions strips.

Goldberg’s non-inventions comics have been unfortunately pretty neglected as far as reprints go. Other than random samplings in comics history overview books, such as the excellent out-of-print but widely available cheap Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics, the only reprint of his non-inventions work I’m aware of is the Bobo Baxter volume of the Bill Blackbeard edited Hyperion Library of Classic American Comic Strips from 1977.

Here’s an example of Boob McNutt from February 22, 1925. Click the image to read the strip. I’ll have a color one for you tomorrow.

You can see more examples of this strip (and many other classic comics) at Coconino Classics.

Here’s a really nice Boob McNutt original I just found googling.

Here’s what Markstein’s Toonopedia has to say.

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