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Rarity: The comic “The Strangers” by Etta Hulme
Famous Texan Cartoonist Etta Hulme (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram 1972 – 2008)
drew a comic strip for his newspaper for a month and a half in 1980.
Before we get to the 1980 comic, note that the “comeback” mentioned in the promo above was a reference to a humorous column by Jerry Flemmens that aired daily in The Star-Telegram in September (September 9-27 ) of the 1979 baseball season.
Also note that this was a fictional Fort Worth Strangers baseball team (see: Texas Rangers 1972 – on), the feature, like the following year’s comic strip, would appear on the front page of the local section.
So the following Spring Star-Telegram reporter/columnist/editor Jerry Flemmons brought back his baseball team, now in comic form drawn by Star-Telegram cartoonist Etta Hulme.
“The foreigners(as opposed to “The Fort Worth Strangers” comic strip) debuted on April 20, 1980.
The strip would air seven days a week, but only the premiere (above) would be a tiered comic. Below are the rest of the April 1980 comics (click on the strips to enlarge).
© Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (?)
May 1980 will continue the strip’s daily schedule with a break on May 18 for a “Favorite Stranger” contest announcement for which Etta Hulme drew a team portrait.
May would also see a change to the band’s logo, saving space by moving it to the side.
The comic would end on June 6, 1980, with the final week returning to the original presentation.
Here are the last four bands.
Early in her career, Etta Hulme had drawn comic strips and she was not opposed to the use of sequential panels in her editorial cartoons, but the 48 strips of The Strangers were her only newspaper strip.