|Author(s)||Hal Rasmusson (1946–1962)
Roy L. Fox (1962–1972)
|Current status / schedule||Concluded|
|Alternate name(s)||Aggie (1966–1972)|
|Syndicate(s)||Chicago Tribune Syndicate|
Aggie Mack was a newspaper comic strip about a teenage girl. Created by Hal Rasmusson, it was distributed by the Chicago Tribune Syndicate beginning in 1946. It had a 26-year run, with a title change to Aggie during the final six years.
After Rasmusson died in 1962, the series was taken over by Roy L. Fox. In 1966, the title was shortened to Aggie. Final episodes of the strip were published in 1972.
Beginning in 1947, the strip was very popular in France where it was titled as Fillettes. In 1960, Gérard Alexandre (who used the pseudonym AL.G.) created an all-French version of the strip and titled it Aggie.
Characters and story
The central figure was a blonde named Aggie (a nickname based on her first name Agnes). Aggie was raised by her father's second wife, who favored her own daughter, Mona, a few years older than Aggie. Comics historian Don Markstein commented:
Dad was seldom seen, tho he did support the family from afar. Aggie's only friend at home was Whiskers, a stray dog she adopted early on—who, of course, was hated by the rest of the family. The rest of her social life was pretty ordinary—school activities, a succession of boyfriends, the usual array of pals and rivals… and her family situation never reached the point of out-and-out slavery to her step-mother and step-sister, tho her friends did sometimes remark on the unfairness of it all. Even at that, it gradually eased up as the series progressed. It never quite went away, but the Archie-like aspects dominated more as time went on.
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