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1932 King Features Syndicate Just Kids Comic Strip Character Jigsaw Puzzle
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1932 King Features Syndicate Just Kids Comic Strip Character Jigsaw Puzzle
King Features Syndicate   Ad Carter   Randolph Hearst   Newspaper   Just Kids   Comic   Comic Strip   Character   Jigsaw   Puzzle   Novelty   Nostalgic   History   Historic   Cop   Police   Officer   Branner   Mush   Fatso   Nicodemus   Peanut   Bagears
The pictures show views of this 1932 King Features Syndicate Just Kids Comic Strip Character Jigsaw Puzzle. The second picture shows the puzzle in a box. The window box is not original to this puzzle, but it is the box that the puzzle had been stored in for many years and how we had acquired it, so we are including it.

This bright and colorful puzzles features the Just Kids gang characters with Mush playing the violin, Fatso stomping his foot, as Officer Branner tosses his night stick. The colorful characters pictured are a follows:

Officer Branner
Mush
Fatso
Nicodemus
Peanut
Bagears

Other characters from this comic strip (but not pictured on the puzzle) were Marjory, Mom, & Pop. The puzzle is marked at the lower left corner as follows:

MCMXXXII
KING FEATURES SYNDICATE, INC.

The jig saw puzzle measures 9-5/8'' x 7-1/2''. It appears to be in excellent condition with a tiny section of one piece (upper left corner) missing as pictured. Below here. for reference, is some additional information about ''Just Kids'' creator Ad Carter:

Ad Carter
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

August Daniel Carter (1895 - 1957) was an American comic strip cartoonist who created the long running Just Kids comic strip. He was known as Ad Carter, the signature he used on his strips. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Carter was 11 years old when his mother died, a situation which led him into the work force as a youth. While employed as a Brooklyn Eagle reporter, he met the cartoonist Clare Briggs, who encouraged him to submit a comic strip to a syndicate. In 1916, Carter drew Our Friend Mush, a strip about a gang of kids.

Just Kids

In 1922, Carter was hired by William Randolph Hearst to create similar kid characters for a new strip, Just Kids. It was launched as a daily July 23, 1923, with the Sunday strip following during the next month. Later that decade, Carter began another strip, Nicodemus O'Malley, which also featured kids as the main characters. In 1950, the title of Just Kids changed to Mush Stebbins and His Sister. Comics historian Don Markstein described the Just Kids gang:

Mush Stebbins continued as part of an ensemble cast... Other regulars included Mush's pals, Fatso Dolan and Pat Chan, the latter adding a touch of racial diversity back before diversity was cool. The group functioned as a kid gang operating in and around a small town called Barnsville, sort of like the later Archie and his pals, but younger, did in Riverdale... His specific source of inspiration was Reg'lar Fellers, by Gene Byrnes, of which Just Kids was a blatant copy. This was part of the same trend as Tillie Jones's similarity to Winnie Winkle and Annie Rooney's to that other Annie. When a comic proved popular for another syndicate, Hearst usually wanted his own version of it. Just Kids even looked like Reg'lar Fellers, as Carter imitated Byrnes' art style as well as his character set up, especially in the early days. But while the imitation was never as popular as the original, it still carved out its own place in the public consciousness. In addition to pins, dolls, games and other merchandised products, it was the subject of a coloring book in 1928 and a 16 page comic book reprint in 1932. Starting in 1934, it was the subject of at least a half dozen Big Little Books. In the late 1930s, as modern style comic books rose to prominence, Dell Comics put it in the back pages of several of its comic strip reprints.

Books

The Adventures of Just Kids was published by Saalfield in 1934. Just Kids and Deep Sea Dan was a 1940 Big Little Book published by Whitman. An offshoot of the National Safety Council, the Just Kids Safety Club had 413,743 boys and girls as members.

Carter married Florence Hampton, and they had a daughter, Hope. His second wife, Hannah Carter, worked with him on his later strips in the 1950s. Carter died in New York in 1957. The daily Just Kids ran nearly a quarter of a century, ending in 1947. The Sunday version continued, but when Carter died, in 1957, Just Kids was laid to rest with him.

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1932 King Features Syndicate Just Kids Comic Strip Character Jigsaw Puzzle 1932 King Features Syndicate Just Kids Comic Strip Character Jigsaw Puzzle


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