Joe and Asbestos, by Kenneth Kling

Ken Kling was the artist of the newspaper strip 'Joe and Asbestos', about horse racing. The strip earned Kling quite a living, because newspapers were paying Bell Syndicate a fortune to get the exclusive rights to publish the strip in a region. The readers thought Kling was giving handy racing tips in his cartoon, but the truth was that Kling didn't know a thing about racing when he started the strip in 1925, then still titled 'Joe Quince'. Kling had Joe picking real horses for actual races, and incredibly the picks all won.

Kling stopped his feature after a short while, and took on the strip 'Windy Riley'. But the public kept thinking that Kling was giving hidden racing tips. In 1931, Kling took on 'Joe & Asbestos' again and continued it until his death in May, 1970.

Windy Riley, by Kenneth Kling

Joe and Asbestos in the Toonopedia

Last updated: 2008-11-28

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