Printed "1931 King Features Syndicate" strip is laid onto artwork between drawing and caption, "Being a bit too proud to have had your tailor patch your trousers - you'd given the job to your dear wife - and so found out hat she was very color blind ." The art measures 7 x 7 inches on drawing board measuring 8.25 x 8.75 inches. Artwork is in fine condition, margins are soiled at edges.[cartoon Art Inventory #86].
In 1910, Herriman launched "The Dingbat Family," later renamed "The Family Upstairs," for The New York Evening Journal, a Hearst paper. An interesting side note is that Herriman is credited with creating the word, "dingbat." The strip featured the adventures of an ordinary family dealing with their annoying upstairs neighbors. Herriman was the first to use the word "dingbat" to indicate a silly, empty-headed person. [see http://www.georgeherriman.com/biography.html] Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse began as space fillers for The Family Upstairs then expanded into their own comic strip. King Feature Syndicate owned by William Randolph Hearst supported Herriman's art throughout his career. Herriman's comics did not enjoy a mass following, but they were popular among an artistic and intellectual set [http://www.georgeherriman.com/biography.html].