The Gumps was a tremendously popular strip that ran from 1917… It actually lasted until 1959, but its creator, Sidney Smith was killed in an auto accident in 1935. He had just that day signed a contract which paid him $150,000 a year. That was an incredible amount. Why couldn’t I make money like that? He was killed driving home after the contract signing.
The Gumps was preceded by his Old Doc Yak: