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A Century of Fritzi Ritz

Fritzi Ritz was launched to comics viewers of the New York Earth just one hundred yrs ago and is even now showing up in the funny pages, admittedly as second fiddle to her niece Nancy as a substitute of the star of the comedian strip these days. Even though on celebration she does get the spotlight.


While the strip is most carefully affiliated with Ernie Bushmiller it was cartoonist Larry Whittington who produced the character. Hogan’s Alley introduces Larry and Fritzi as prelude to posting the 1922 dailies.


Whittington’s operate reflected his journeymanlike but undistinguished talent his Fritzi Ritz was rooted firmly in the idioms of the period. Flapper humor was one of the pop-artwork signatures of the Jazz Age, and strips showcasing appealing ditzes—notably, composed by men performing in an market almost absolutely bereft of women—were commonplace.


In 1925 Whittington sought fame and fortune with the Hearst corporation and remaining Fritzi. Pulitzer’s Press Publications replaced him with Ernie Bushmiller, a New York Earth staffer, who would without a doubt garner fame and fortune as a cartoonist, although not with Fritzi.

Larry’s very last signed Fritzi Ritz was May possibly 14, 1925 (Thursday),
Ernie’s first signed Fritzi Ritz was May perhaps 18, 1925 (Monday):

You are guess is as fantastic as anybody’s about the two unsigned strips – Did Press Publ. erase Larry’s identify from the 15th and 16th strips? Did they get a New York World bullpen artist to do two strips? Did Ernie Bushmiller do them but not sign them?

In any case as stated above Fritzi didn’t quickly start off appearing in dozens of newspapers when Ernie took more than, whilst the strip did get a Sunday website page in 1929. On October 6 of that 12 months to be correct.

It was in 1933 that Ernie launched the spark that turned the comedian into a greatest seller.


On January 2, 1933 Nancy moved in with Fritzi and a legend was born.

As with Snuffy Smith and Barney Google, Steve Roper and Main Wahoo, Winthrop and Morty Meekle, and several other people the new character became the star attraction. In just a handful of a long time Fritzi was getting a back seat to Nancy and by the conclude of the 10 years the every day strip was retitled Nancy (progressively and at different occasions in distinctive newspapers).

Down below, from The Ventura County Star Free-Press, are the dailies from September 9 and 10 of 1938.



While other individuals would run with the Fritzi Ritz title for yrs following 1938.

1938 is an important 12 months for one more cause – that is the year Nancy received a Sunday site. But the Fritzi Ritz Sunday web site ongoing Nancy acquiring replaced Bushmiller’s Phil Fumble Sunday strip. Fritzi Ritz would proceed as a Sunday comic right until September 24, 1967 (under) as finest as can be identified.


Now, stripped of her possess strip, Fritzi ongoing as a supporting character in Nancy. As time went on Fritzi became a considerably less frequent presence relying on the artist and ghosts executing the Nancy strip. In the mid-1980s Jerry Scott took above and steadily adjusted the art to a bigfoot fashion exactly where Fritzi and adults didn’t in good shape. Once fully Jerry-mandered Fritzi, when she manufactured the strip at all, became an off-panel voice.


When The Gilchrist Brothers, Brad and Male, had been recruited in 1995 to recreate Nancy in a much more retro fashion Fritzi returned in a major (and sexier) way.


And although Gilchrist finished his tenure on the strip with Fritzi marrying Phil that has been reconned out and a one Fritzi stays a section of today’s Nancy strip, though once more back to a supporting character fairly than a co-star.


Fritzi Ritz now joins Walt and Skeezix Wallet and Olive Oyl and Barney Google and Ginger Meggs as figures who go on to seem in new comedian strip episodes following 100 yrs.


The longest functioning newspaper comics with new strips now stands at

The Katzenjammer Kids 1897 – 2006
Gasoline Alley 1918 – existing
Ripley’s Think It or Not 1918 – present
Barney Google and Snuffy Smith 1919 – current
Thimble Theatre/Popeye 1919 – present
Ginger Meggs 1922 – current
Fritzi Ritz/Nancy 1922- existing

The up coming centennial is Blondie which began on September 8, 1930.




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