Fisher Family Name Mini-Book Excerpt
"Two American bearers of the proud name of Fisher achieved fame as comic strip writers and cartoonists.
Hammond Edward Fisher, born in 1900 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and better known as Ham Fisher, was the creator of the comic strip featuring the heavyweight boxing champion Joe Palooka – one of America’s top five newspaper strips throughout the 1940s.
Harry Conway Fisher, better known as Bud Fisher, was the creator of the equally popular Mutt and Jeff comic strip.
Born in Chicago in 1885, it was while working as a journalist and sketch artist in the sports department of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper that in 1907 he introduced the comic strip character ‘Mr A. Mutt’.
This proved so popular that he decided to ‘partner’ the tall and skinny Mutt with the much smaller in stature character of ‘Jeff.’
Able to retain copyright for his creation, Fisher accepted a lucrative offer from William Randolph Hearst to syndicate the comic strip through the newspaper tycoon’s mighty newspaper empire.
As a result, Mutt and Jeff became the first highly successful comic strip in the United States and, in common with Ham Fisher’s Joe Palooka, was also adapted for a series of short comedy films.
Bud Fisher died in 1954, while Ham Fisher died a year later."