Frank Godwin’s Vignettes of Life was a tour de force, especially with respect to the art. It was also a highly amusing feature, and it tends to prove the proposition that people do not really change. People were the same in 1924 as they are today.
A long time ago, I located — on the internet — a Vignettes of Life from June 15, 1924. That was the earliest one I knew of for certain. I see that a certain website that has posts of a number of examples of the strip states that the first episode was June 1, 1924. That makes sense to me.
The earliest one I have in my collection is July 20, 1924. The strip was continued by others after Godwin left it; the final Godwin episode was in October 1927. So, Godwin drew the strip for very close to three and one-half years.
Even though I started this post out thinking I would discuss a predecessor to Vignettes of Life, I am deferring that discussion. But in the teens (maybe before or after as well), Godwin produced a very similar full-page feature for one of the humor magazines of the time. I have maybe a dozen or so examples of that — nowhere near a complete group, I am sure.
May 19, 2014