Bringing Up Father

Bringing Up Father is the most famous comic book of the American cartoonist George McManus. The displaced by King Features Syndicate daily strip was continued after McManus ' death of several artists and writers and was released from the year 1913 to the year 2000. During this time he was filmed several times.

Plot and style

The influence of the 1890s musical The Rising Generation of William Gill comic strip is about the ethnic Irish brickworkers Jiggs, who was a lottery win a millionaire, and his wife Maggie, who works in a laundry. While Jiggs wants to maintain the habits of his old lifestyle, Maggie tries to lead the life of a nouveau riche. The family belongs to the daughter Nora, who unlike their caricature drawn parents can come up with finely drawn features.

In addition to the caricature representation of the two main actors in particular McManus took the individual panels to allow his characters to change the drawing plane.

Publication and draftsman

The first Strip subscribed by George McManus and distributed by King Features Syndicate comic strip was published on January 12, 1913. The first Sunday of page followed on 14 April 1918. McManus drew the strip until his death. After Vernon Greene took over the Strip and led him away until his own death in 1965. The Sunday pages were taken by Frank Fletcher, who drew to 1984 Bringing Up Father from 1955 to texts by Bill Kavanagh. Also on texts by Bill Kavanagh Hal Campagna recorded from 1965 to 1980 the Strip. Frank B. Johnson assumed Bringing Up Father in 1981 and led him away to its setting in the year 2000.

The strip was published only in the United States in up to 750 newspapers. According to McManus, two years before his death earned him the comic book, which was translated to McManus ' lifetime in 27 languages ​​, twelve million U.S. dollars. In Germany, Bringing Up Father was temporarily released under the title Mr. potbelly. Under the title fool Family Bringing Up Father appeared in the Sunday supplements of the Morning Journal 's, a German-language edition of the New York Journal, which was published by Hearst from 1890 to 1918.

Bringing Up Father was filmed as real or animated film several times. Already in 1915 there was a first film by the same title. In several film adaptations Real McManus took over the role of Jiggs. In addition, on the basis of the comic was a comedy that was performed by at least seven stage companies at the same time.


According to Andreas C. Knigge make " McManus ' superior play safely, with elegant lines and surfaces, inspiring graphic ideas and good gags [ ... ] Bringing Up Father to one of the best newspaper series in the first half of the century."