Comments on Connie’s “sort of” final Sunday story . . .

I don’t think anyone has set forth–or even has knowledge of–“when” the final Connie Sunday episode appeared. It is pretty certain that Frank Godwin left the Sunday Connie strip before the end of 1940. I imagine that he stopped work on the Sunday strip several weeks before the end of the year. But, of course, his final work on the strip would have been published a noticeable amount of time after he stopped, maybe six weeks or so.

Connie’s first Sunday science-fiction story had her travel 1,ooo years into the future, to the year 2936, due to the activity of a mischief-causing cat.

In the final “known” complete story, she travelled 100 or so years into the past (measuring from the newspaper date). In an earlier post (not viewable at the moment), I mentioned that she had gone to the year 1840, but I am not certain what I based that on.

Below is an image of a portion of the November 24, 1940, strip. The introduction kind of sets the scene. Notice that Jim Walker’s sister has the name Sylvia, which also was the name of Godwin’s second wife.

This time machine, a two-seater, looks completely different from the machine built by Dr. Chrono, whose machine had one seat only.

This strip definitely shows no signs of anyone’s work besides that of Frank Godwin. In other words, this strip (that is, the original art, probably not in existence now) was drawn and inked by Godwin.

The dynamic shapes of the panels  (as opposed to rectangular boxes) are reasonably typical of the layouts of many (but not all) of the Connie science-fiction and adventure pages. I doubt that any of the Connie “gag” (humor) strips used that sort of layout.


The entire story consisted of strips for the following dates:

November 17, 1940

November 24, 1940

December 1, 1940

December 8, 1940

December 15, 1940

  December 22, 1940

I have in my collection the Connie strips for the dates shown in boldface. I have the Paulette strips for all six dates. Paulette was the title of the Connie strips as published in French in Canada. (The Paulette strips appeared after the Connie strips.)

I have not seen the ones in English for 11-17, 12-1, 12-8, or 12-15, but I see zero possibility that they don’t exist! Well, let me take that back. There is ALMOST zero possibility. The only secure way of showing they exist would be for someone to produce examples of them!

Regarding the last two episodes mentioned, it is pretty obvious to me that someone else besides Godwin inked the final one, and I think someone else at least partly inked the second-to-last strip. I discussed this at some length in another post.

Now there are a few other points to bear in mind when thinking about the final Connie stories and final episodes. The six strips mentioned above do constitute a story. But one could probably also disregard the first one, because (based on my Paulette example) the end of the 11-17 strip is basically a transition to the new story.

Then again, on the other hand, one might want to say that the five or six strips under discussion constitute a “sub-story” that is part of a longer narrative beginning some time before those strips.

The other wrinkle to all this is that the Sunday strip did continue after the December 22, 1940 strip. Exactly how many strips appeared, and whether they were published in papers other than the Boston Sunday Post, and whether any were in color, are questions that even now are shrouded in deep mystery. I do have examples of the strips for December 29, 1940, and January 5, 1941, in black and white, from the Boston Sunday Post. The relevant website of Ohio State University lists one for January 19, 1941.

—Tom Sawyer

December 30, 2016

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2 Responses to Comments on Connie’s “sort of” final Sunday story . . .

  1. Elizabeth Rizzo says:

    Tom, do you know about when the strips were done where Connie traveled back to around 1840? I would love to see those. Thanks, Liz

    • Hi Liz,

      Very nice to hear from you!

      Well, we know approximately when they were drawn, since they appeared (as mentioned) during the period of November 17 through December 22, 1940, inclusive. So I imagine that they were actually drawn a couple of months before they appeared.

      After that story, there was at least part of a Sunday story regarding an underwater adventure, which apparently Frank Godwin had nothing to do with. As I mentioned in the post, I have the first two strips from that story, as they appeared in the Boston Sunday Post. They were nicely drawn. Whether the Sunday strip continued after that, I don’t know for certain, but (as mentioned in the post), Ohio State University’s web presence indicates that they have the Sunday strip from January 19, 1941.


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