Monday, October 22, 2012

Number 1249: Watch a breeze make Katy's cheesecake

“Katy Keene in ‘A Breezy Day’” is a breezy story. It exists for the purpose of cheesecake, showing Katy's legs and stocking tops. I will go on record as saying there is nothing wrong with that.

Bill Woggon created Katy Keene in 1945, and the strip was popular for nearly 20 years, spawning a whole industry of Katy Keene comics and paper dolls,. Budding fashion designers sent their designs to Woggon, hoping to see their creations on Katy,* and their names in print. Woggon got free material for his comics. It was a great idea.

From Wilbur #12, 1947:

*The name mentioned here for the designer of Katy's dress, “Ward Montgomery of Chicago,” is a joke on the Montgomery Ward department store chain. Like Sears and Roebuck, Montgomery Ward also used catalog ordering services for rural customers. It went out of business in 2001. In 2004 an online retailer bought the trademarks.

1 comment:

Chuck Wells said...

It was a great idea! And that is some lovely artwork.