Donald Newhouse started his comic career in 1918, working for weekly tabloid The Funny Wonder, where he created a character called 'Bertie Blobbs'. In 1922, he took over 'Pitch and Toss' from its creator Joe Hardman, who had published in Lot-O-Fun since 1920. The comic, subtitled 'Our Saucy Shipwrecked Mariners', was about two sailors. It gained such great popularity that it drove the 'Charlie Chaplin' comic from the front page in 1932. By that time, Don Newhouse had left control of his strip to his assistant, Roy Wilson.