Silly Philly

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Silly Philly was the first comic strip by Bil Keane, most noted for the long-running single-panel (weekdays) and Sunday (strip) comic Family Circus.

In 1947, Keane created the Sunday strip while working for the Philadelphia Bulletin.[1] The main character was a goofy, juvenile William Penn, who had somehow jumped down from his 37' statue on the tower of City Hall in Philadelphia and become something of a scamp. The cartoon often featured jokes submitted by readers.[1]

Keane, a native Philadelphian, has occasionally brought the city into reminiscences in Family Circus. Silly Philly ran until 1961.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Bil Keane Cartoons 1954-1966 Syracuse University, 21 Jul 2009, Retrieved 11/30/2010

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