Mufti the Monk (in the San Francisco Examiner, 25/10/1907) by Gus Mager
Mufti the Monk (San Francisco Examiner, 25/10/1907)

The son of German immigrants, Charles Augustus "Gus" Mager was inspired by the old-world comics sent to his parents by European relatives. At the age of twenty, he had already sold a number of sport cartoons to several newspapers. Drawing humorous animals, his gags soon appeared as a daily, with the title 'In Jungle Land' (or sometimes, 'In Jungle Society').

Freshy the Monk, by Gus Mager

In 1904, the first of his 'Monk' strips appeared: 'Knocko the Monk', featuring monkey-like characters. Due to its popularity, Mager kept adding fresh figures such as 'Rhymo the Monk', 'Mufti the Monk', 'Henpecko the Monk', 'Groucho the Monk', and eventually the immensely successful 'Sherlocko the Monk'.

Hawkshaw, by Gus Mager

In 1913, he moved to the New York World, where he created 'Hawkshaw the Detective', a humanized version of Sherlocko. In the 1920s he was an assistant to Rudolph Dirks on his 'Captain and the Kids' feature. Mager worked on 'Sherlocko' until his retirement in the late 1940s. Other comics by Mager were 'And then Papa came' (1904), 'Main Street', 'Oliver's Adventures' (1928), 'Obliging Otto' (1913), and 'Millionbucks' (1913).

Oliver's Adventures (San Francisco Chronicle, 2 April 1928), by Gus Mager
Oliver's Adventures (San Francisco Chronicle, 2 April 1928)

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Last updated: 2010-05-14

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