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 Comic Characters

by Judith Lile and Jim Sneed

Schoenhut capitalized on the popularity of several popular comic characters of the early 1900s. The Boob McNutt and Happy Hooligan characters are pretty scarce. Barney Google and Felix, on the other hand, are fairly common. Maggie and Jiggs are still found but not often with their bucket and rolling pin.

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Photo by Jim Sneed for the collection of Jim Kramer

Boob McNutt

ca 1924

The Boob McNutt cartoon character was a creation of Rube Goldberg. He was most popular from 1915 until the 1930s.

Photo courtesy of Bertoia Auctions

 

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Boob McNutt Marionette

Barney Google

Created by Billy DeBeck, the Barney Google cartoons first appeared in 1919 and continued until the 1940s. 

 

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Early Barney
This earliest Barney style has round eyes, leather ears, and a little white bow tie.

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Comic character Barney Google and his horse Spark Plug

This example of Barney has large oval shaped eyes, molded ears, a red necktie, a red hat band, and distinctive mustache hairs.

Photo courtesy of Bertoia Auctions

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Happy Hooligan

Happy Hooligan, created by Frederick Burr Opper, first appeared in a cartoon in 1900 and continued until 1932.

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Photo by Jim Sneed for the collection of Jim Kramer

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Maggie and Jiggs

These cartoon characters were created by George McManus. His Bringing Up Father first appeared as a newspaper comic in 1913. The characters were popular until the 1950s.

 

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Photo by Andy Ourant, courtesy of Noel Barrett Auctions

Bonzo

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Felix
Felix came in three sizes. This example is 8 inches tall. He has leather ears, and jointed arms and legs. Elastic bands hold him together just like circus pieces.

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This is a very rare Schoenhut Felix pull toy. Articulation is made by pulling on the center wood piece.

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Photo by Jim Sneed from the collection of Susan Turner

Here are shown the three sizes of Felix made
 by Schoenhut - 4, 6, and 8 inch

Koko the Clown
Koko was a cartoon character drawn from a spilled bottle of ink.

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Photo by Jim Sneed from the collection of Andy Yaffee

Max and Moritz
Shown here are the early two-part head Max and Moritz set

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Photo by Jim Sneed from the collection of Andy Yaffee

Quacky Doodles
Mama Quacky Doodles, Danny Doodles, Jr., Miss Quacky Doodles, Danny Daddle (aka Daddy Danny Doodles)
 

Buster Brown and Tige

  The Buster Brown, in this half-rolly example, is a nice reproduction.

 

Koko the Clown

 

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Photo by Jim Sneed from the collection of Bonnie Riedell

Green Overalls
This is the only example I've seen of the Baby Danny Daddles with green overalls and a yellow polka-dot shirt. Others are red with a white shirt. 6" tall.

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Photo by Jim Sneed from the collection of Jim Sneed

Mr. Peanut

Attributed to Schoenhut by some (unconfirmed) and made like other Schoenhut jointed toys ca 1920s or 1930s. All wood construction with elastic bands holding joints together. About 9 inches tall.


Photo by Jim Sneed from the collection of Bonnie Riedell

Daddy Danny Doodle
About 12 1/2 inches tall