Before there was Blondie the musician there was Blondie Boopadoop, the sultry comic strip character created by Chic Young. Blondie. She was a fun loving flapper girl who spent her days in dance halls, but quickly assumed the role of sensible head of the Bumstead household after marriage to Dagwood. Dagwood was the disinherited (due to parental disapproval for marrying beneath his class) son of a wealthy industrialist.
Starring alongside other main characters including Mr. Dithers, Herb, Tootsie, Mr. Beasley and the family dog Daisy the comic strip started on September 8, 1930 and is still running today. In addition, twenty-eight Blondie movies were made with Penny Singleton as Blondie and Arthur Lake as Dagwood (1938–1950), a radio program (1939–1950) and numerous comic books. There were 148 issues of Blondie Comics Monthly from Harvey Publications between 1950 and 1965.
In issue #55 Blondie “turns back the clock” nineteen years in order to recount the tale of the day Dagwood proposed and Blondie’s father Mr. Boopadoop and confused him for both a salesman and a robber. I also own file copies of #66 (May 1954) and #36 and #38 – the “blue” covers from November 1951
January 1952 respectively.