Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It's a Dilly (of a microcar)

I was looking through a recent newsletter from the Swedish Microcar Club (MC-BIL KLUBBEN), and I came across a cartoon featuring an Isetta. I read it and passed it by -- then got to wondering about the strip. So I did a little hunting around.

The strip, "It's Me, Dilly" was created by Mel Casson and Alfred Andriola (using the pseudonym of Alfred James). Casson started as a cartoonist for the Saturday Evening Post, but his cartoons also appeared in Esquire, The New York Times, Ladies' Home Journal and many other national magazines. In cartooning, Casson is best known as the creator of the Sparky and Redeye strips. Andriola started his cartooning career as an assistant to Milton Caniff, the creator of Terry and the Pirates. Andriola's best known strip was Kerry Dunn.

It's Me Dilly appeared in newspapers from 1957 through 1960. According to the history pages of the Birmingham News, the strip was was billed as a working girl humorous soap but was basically cheesecake punctuated with blonde jokes.

We'll have to say...while Dilly is very cute, we like Minnie's choice of cars.

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