LOWERY’S Collector’s Number: GW198
at least one printing
Big Little Book® published in 1937; ©1937 King Features Syndicate.
Hard cover; Standard size: 3 5/8” x 4 1/2” x 1 1/2”; 432 pages
Author/Artiist: Chic Young.

Cover Artist: Chic Young.


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In the 1920s, Chic Young, who had a flair for drawing the "new" woman, did several flapper-type strips: The Affairs of Jane, Beautiful Bab, Dumb Dora. During the summer of 1930, he developed a strip about a pretty flapper named Blondie Boopadoop. It debuted on September 15, 1930.

The character evolved from being a gold digger into being the loving wife of Dagwood Blumstead. Together, they raised several children. This BLB contains the earliest story lines about their first child, Baby Dumpling.

Blondie hit the air waves on July 3, 1939 on CBS. Announcer Hanley Stafford opened the program with "Unn-unn-uhh—don't touch that dial! Listen to Blonnnnnndie!" The show was last heard in 1950. Arthur Lake was the voice of Dagwood through the entire run. Penny Singleton was Blondie until the mid-40s, and the part was taken over by Patricia Van Cleve (Mrs. Lake).

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