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Encyclopedia > Wash Tubbs

Wash Tubbs was a comic strip created by Roy Crane that ran from April 14, 1924 to 1988. This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Royston Campbell Crane (November 22, 1901 - July 7, 1977) was an American cartoonist and creator of the comic strip characters Wash Tubbs, Captain Easy, and Buz Sawyer. ... April 14 is the 104th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (105th in leap years). ... 1924 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Initially titled Washington Tubbs II, Wash Tubbs was originally a comedy, or “Bigfoot,” strip focused on the misadventures of the title character, a jazz age bumbler who ran a store. However the strip’s creator, cartoonist Roy Crane, reinvented the strip after its 12th week to make it the first true action/adventure comic strip.


Wash was a girl-crazy zany and his character never truly changed even as the strip changed around him. After a Polynesian treasure hunt in which Wash made and lost a fortune, a series of adventures followed in which Wash fell afoul of his arch-enemy, Bull Dawson, who was to reappear throughout the series. The short, glasses-wearing Wash was not a fighter and Crane tried out a couple of scrappier sidekicks until May 6, 1929, when he introduced Captain Easy, a tough, taciturn Southerner with a mysterious past. Easy gradually took over the strip and became its lead character, getting his own Sunday page, Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune, in 1933. In 1949 Wash Tubbs was officially renamed Captain Easy. Wash continued to appear as a supporting character but became steadily less important during the 1940s. May 6 is the 126th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (127th in leap years). ... 1929 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1933 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1949 is a common year starting on Saturday. ...


The Tubbs and Easy characters were owned by the Newspaper Enterprise Association syndicate and creator Roy Crane abandoned the strips in 1943 to begin Buz Sawyer, a strip he would own outright. 1943 is a common year starting on Friday. ... Buz Sawyer was a popular comic strip created by Roy Crane that ran from November 1, 1943 to 1989. ...


After Crane’s departure control of the strips passed to Crane’s assistant, Les Turner, who had worked on Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune since 1937. With Tubbs an increasingly unimportant character Turner officially renamed the daily and Sunday strips Captain Easy in 1949. 1937 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1949 is a common year starting on Saturday. ...


Turner collaborated with a number of artists on the strip, including Walt Scott and Mel Graff. When Turner retired in 1969 control of the strips passed to his assistant, Bill Crooks. After more than 60 years in publication the series was discontinued in 1988. 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ...


Wash Tubbs appeared as a topper, or subsidiary strip, from 1927 to 1933 over J.R. Williams's Sunday comic Out Our Way.


Wash Tubbs and Captain Easy were also featured in Big Little Books during the 1930s, and in a short run of Dell comic books during the 1940s.


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Captain Easy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (428 words)
The Tubbs and Easy characters were owned by the Newspaper Enterprise Association syndicate and creator Roy Crane abandoned the strips in 1943 to begin Buz Sawyer, a strip he would own outright.
Wash Tubbs also appeared as a topper, or subsidiary strip, from 1927 to 1933 over J.R. Williams's Sunday comic Out Our Way.
Wash Tubbs and Captain Easy were also featured in Big Little Books during the 1930s, and in a short run of Dell comic books during the 1940s.
Don Markstein's Toonopedia: Wash Tubbs (668 words)
And Wash Tubbs (as the strip was soon renamed) wasn't an adventure strip either, at that point — it was just a series of gags about a girl-crazy young clerk in a grocery store.
Wash's exuberant, fun exploits quickly caught on with the public, paving the way for Buck Rogers, Dick Tracy, The Phantom and all the rest that followed.
Tubbs and Easy starred in a half-dozen or so Big Little Books during the 1930s, and a half-dozen or so Dell comic books during the '40s.
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