(In-house pro-possum ad, 1969) This might have been a basic drawing he fit to suit whatever paper bought the strip. I don’t think so. It contains too many local references. “Well, he just used it for the northern tier states,” a friend suggested.) Perhaps. I’d like to think he did it just for us. And by “us” I mean the paper, and the town.

I grew up worshiping this guy’s work; discovering this scratchy copy in the microfilm made me wonder: whatever happened to the original?