Saturday, March 4, 2017
Groovy Comics #2: Winnie Winkle the Breadwinner (1920-22)
Today we look back at Winnie Winkle the Breadwinner, which began on September 20, 1920, as one of the first "working girl" strips. Created by Martin Branner, Winnie evolved from an amusing gag-a-day strip into a more serious soap opera during its 76-year run. Below you can enjoy the first four daily strips, which introduce us to Winnie and her parents whom she supports (click on strips to enlarge, and click here to read about Brenda Starr).
Winnie's father, Rip Winkle, is always trying to get her to marry a rich man, which nearly happens in the following three strips from January 1921.
On February 2, 1922, Rip Winkle inherits his late brother's young son, Perry Winkle, who becomes the star of the Sunday strip when it begins on April 2, 1922 (NOTE: Double-click on Sunday strip to enlarge).
It's love at first sight when Winnie meets the handsome Harry Tyler in February 1922 - but their romance soon hits a snag.
Winnie and Harry Tyler have an April Fool's Day wedding featuring guests from other comic strips - The Gumps, Gasoline Alley, The Kernel and Harold Teen.
We now jump ahead to July 1922 to find Winnie enjoying a resort vacation - until she is reunited with the Tyler twins.