Illustration of the character, Little Joe
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Little Joe was a Western comic strip that appeared in the Chicago Tribune Sunday strip from 1933 to 1972. Originally created and written by Ed Leffingwell and later by his brother, Robert, the story focused on Little Joe, a thirteen-year-old boy who lived in a world of danger. Upon his father's death, Little Joe is tasked with running the Oak Ranch alongside his mother and their helper, Utah, a former gunslinger. The comic focused on Little Joe navigating life while coming into conflict with outlaws, politicians, and corrupt businessmen.