Every time Sid Smith makes a stroke of his pen, millions of people laugh.
You can’t see them in this picture, though. They are standing behind the desk, just out of camera range. This is why Sid looks a little self-conscious. It is hard to work when people guffaw every time you make a little mark on a piece of paper. The noise is distracting. And they keep whispering and chatting and asking for more snacks.
But Sid has another problem, too. A rogue cartoon man named Andy with a tiny head has escaped from the funnies and is hanging around, kibitzing, giving Sid a headache with his sighing “Oh, Min!” every two seconds. And that’s not all. He wants to tell Sid how to draw her, and what she ought to be saying (“Oh, Andy! I really love a man with a pinhead!”)
Andy and Min earn big money for Sid Smith every day.
Well, maybe – when they’re not hanging around his desk wasting time. Federal Schools ought to tell people how to get the cartoon characters motivated to go out and actually do some work. Maybe they could take the comic strips over to the newspaper office.
And while they’re at it, they might want to usher all those millions of people out of Sid’s workroom. Just tell them the reporters down at the Bugle have better doughnuts.
Many, many thanks to Modern Mechanix for this glimpse into Sid’s thrilling life (from Physical Culture, March 1922).