Comic Strip Classics
Issue Date: October 1, 1995
City: Boca Rotan, FL
Printed By: Stamp Venturers
Printing Method: Photogravure
Chic Young once said he had found the magic formula for creating a comic strip with which millions could identify – he simply restricted his premises to eating, sleeping, going to work, and raising a family. Today, the phenomenal popularity of his strip Blondie can be attested to by the fact that after 65 years, it is still among the five most widely syndicated comic strips in the world. Blondie currently appears in more than 2,000 papers throughout the world. In fact, Dagwood and Blondie speak more than 25 languages!
Murat (Chic) Young held a variety of art jobs and created several strips, including The Affairs of Jane, Beautiful Bab, and Dumb Dora, before achieving success with Blondie in 1930. Few remember that Blondie began life as a scatterbrained flapper and Dagwood as heir to a billionaire’s fortune. Such premises however, lost their appeal during the Depression.
Realizing that the public would be more inclined to relate to a poor couple rather than a rich one, Young had the couple marry (causing Dagwood to lose his fortune when he was promptly disinherited) and the Bumsteads went on to become stars of the most popular family comic strip of all time. Today the strip is written by Chic’s son Dean and drawn by artist Stan Drake.