Though you’ve likely never heard of it, Reg’lar Fellers was a staple for readers of newspaper comics in the 1920s and ’30s. Created by Gene Byrnes, the strip ran from 1917 to 1949 and centered on the shenanigans of a group of young friends including Jimmy Dugan, the Duffy brothers (Puddinhead and Pinhead), Angie Riley, and Jimmy’s dog Bullseye, who sported a black circle around his left eye. The success of the series’ gaggle of kids formula, which proceeded Hal Roach’s first Our Gang silent film by five years, led others such as Ad Carter’s Just Kids, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s Newsboy Legion, and Will Eisner’s Hilde and the Kid Gang to emulate the approach.
Despite the strip’s longevity, it was only adapted into one 60-minute, live-action film. Released on September 5, 1941, Reg’lar Fellas, directed by Arthur Dreifuss, features
(Image: Reg’lar Fellers, April 3, 1926, Gene Byrnes)