July 5, 2023

Blondie Watch

Something I came across when looking through early Blondie strips that I found kind of amusing is this short-lived feature called the Husbands’ Back Fence Club where readers were invited to send in their complaints about their spouses. Just a few months after Blondie and Dagwood’s big wedding and already the comic has pivoted to Battle of the Sexes, ball-and-chain type stuff. Here’s the first two strips in full:

Blondie comic strip. Male neighbors discuss their wives near a back fence. The last panel features complaints sent in by readers.
06/24/1933

Blondie comic strip. Again, Male neighbors discuss their wives near a back fence. The last panel features more complaints sent in by readers.
07/01/1933

And the rest of them, cropped:

More complaints from husbands, but this time there's complaints from wives too.
07/08/1933

Even more complaints from husbands.

07/15/1933

This one only features complaints from wives.
07/22/1933

Husbands complaining about their wives.
08/05/1933