Fritzi Ritz: the wild comic book flapper who turned into Nancy’s sensible aunt

By Karen Harris

First published Fritzi Ritz comic strip. (Larry Whittington/Wikimedia Commons)

It’s always hard to imagine the adult figures of our childhood as youngsters themselves, but it’s an uncomfortable truth that even the most responsible mother you know had her wild days, even if they only consisted of ‘in an uncontrollable spring break. comic book readers Nancyabout a spunky child taken in by his aunt in his thirties, might be equally surprised to learn that level-headed Aunt Fritzi was once not only the center of the gang but also a boy-crazed , the roaring 20s clapper.

Fritzi Ritz

by Larry Whittington Fritzi Ritzwhich made its debut on October 9, 1922 in the New York nightlife newspaper, told the story of a fun-loving 19-year-old actress who lives in New York and works for a kindly stingy named Mr. Blobbs. Fritzi lived with her parents, but the majority of the stories happened at her workplace or relaxing at the beach or in the mountains.

Just like the real women she portrayed were perceivedthe young boy cared little for anything except fashion, dance, money and men. She had a stable boyfriend named Ted Nichols, then another named Wally, but she was constantly chased by wealthy Bobby Bonds. In 1939, after she became Aunt Fritzi, a comic strip suggested she was getting married, but the blessed event didn’t happen until 2012. Talk about a long engagement.

“Nancy” by Ernie Bushmiller, June 5, 1960. (Ernie Bushmiller/Wikimedia Commons)

Presentation of Nancy

In January 1933, Nancy made him Fritzi Ritz his debut as a visitor to the Ritz household and Fritzi’s niece although Fritzi has no known siblings. Readers took a liking to Nancy, and over time comics began to focus more on her adventures than those of the teenage Fritzi, especially after she moved in with the Ritzs. In 1938 the band was renamed Nancy and Fritzi became Aunt Fritzi. She also went from a carefree flapper to a middle-aged mother figure, becoming her niece’s sole guardian. Hey, everyone must grow one day.

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Karen Harris


Karen left academia, quitting her job as a college professor to write full time. She spends her days with her firefighter husband and four daughters on a hobby farm with an assortment of animals, including a goat named Atticus, a turkey named Gravy, and a hen named Chickaletta.