Oh Min!

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In 1917, cartoonist Sidney Smith created a comic strip, The Gumps, for the Chicago Tribune. Smith reached a wide audience by telling tales of everyday American life through the eyes of a middle-class couple, Andy and Minerva Gump. While complaining to his wife, Minerva, Andy would exclaim “Oh Min!” 

The Gumps was the first comic to portray real social issues, such as pandemics, finances, and relationships. The readers were invested in the love stories, adventures, and deaths experienced by the comic’s characters. The Gumps was the first syndicated comic, and the first to depict a character’s death. 


Kleefeld, S. (2023, August 2). A tale of three andy gump statues. Kleefeld on Comics. http://www.kleefeldoncomics.com/2023/08/a-tale-of-three-andy-gump-statues.html 

Loac Essentials Vol. 2: The Gumps 1929. Library of American Comics - Dedicated to preserving the history of the American newspaper comic strip. (2024). https://libraryofamericancomics.com/product/loac-essentials-vol-2-the-gumps-1929/

Spanish flu and the gumps. Drawing Blood. (2020, November 12). https://drawing-blood.org/outbreaks/spanish-flu-and-the-gumps/ 

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