RUBE GOLDBERG lived from 1883 to 1970, and he is remembered principally as the originator of the “Rube Goldberg Machine,” elaborate, ridiculous contraptions that take many steps to complete a simple task, and which are constantly mimicked and referenced even today. But before he was famous for his machines, he wrote a comic strip called Bertha The Siberian Cheesehound and another one called (quite unfortunately) Boob McNutt. These are not remembered today, not at all. Here’s a Bertha strip, from 1926, for your edification.
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