In the very early 1900s, George McManus' detailed style of drawing and
sophisticated treatment of characters caught on in a major way and set the stage
for comic strips featuring adult characters.
By 1925, when Paul Robinson
unveiled Etta Kett, a romance/social life strip with a lovely brunette
teenage heroine at its core, audiences were prime to receive it. The characters'
sharp-edged faces, tiny eyes, and clunky hands made for interesting
Storylines mainly centered on Etta's high school
life--attending sporting events and dances--and her constant banter with her
beau, Wingey. It was just the kind of strip whose mellow content ensured
Though Etta never branched out in other media and is rarely
referenced today in conversations of America's teen comic idols, she enjoyed a
very long run. She and her pals changed clothing and hairstyles over the years,
but never aged and never experienced any of the drastic storyline makeovers some
other comics endured.
Etta Kett showed up in newspapers until
creator Robinson's death in 1974.