- Snuffy Smith
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Maynard "Snuffy" Smith"
Snuffy Smith has been for many years the predominant character in the syndicated newspaper
comic strip" Barney Google and Snuffy Smith", created by Billy DeBeckand later drawn by Fred Lasswellfrom 1942 until 2001 (when Laswell died). The strip is currently drawn by John Rose.
Snuffy is a very stereotypical
hillbilly. He lives in a shack, makes moonshine, is in constant trouble with the sheriff, and is very shiftless, occasionally doing a small amount of farm work but primarily working his still and loafing. He also has some proclivity toward stealing chickens, which led to a brief but effective use of his character in a marketing campaign by the Tyson Foodscorporation in the early 1980s. He is very short, wears a broad-brimmed felt hat almost as tall as he is, has a scraggly mustache, and almost invariably wears a pair of tattered, poorly patched overalls. He constantly cheats at poker and checkers. His speech is ungrammatical in the extreme. In fact, almost all of the characters in the strip (except of course for the occasional visiting "flatlander") were/are stereotypical hillbillies – sharp-tongued gossipy women such as his wife Loweezy (Louisa), his baby, Tater, his nephew Jughaid (Jughead), his neighbors Elviney and Lukey, the sanctimonious (but nonetheless ungrammatical) Parson, the ostentatiously badged Sheriff Tait, Silas, the owner of the General Store, and many others. All vehicles were rundown jalopies of a seeming 1920svintage, even in the 1970s and beyond.
Two live-action feature films with actor
Bud Duncanportraying Snuffy Smith were made in 1942: "Private Snuffy Smith" and "Hillbilly Blitzkrieg".
In the 1960s,
King Features Syndicateproduced a number of shorts with prolific voice actor Paul Freesproviding the voice of Snuffy Smith.
* [http://www.kingfeatures.com/features/comics/bgoogle/about.htm Official site at King Features Syndicate]
* [http://www.toonopedia.com/snuffy.htm Snuffy Smith entry at Toonopedia]
* [http://www.archiveclassicmovies.com/movie_lib.html Free download of Private Snuffy Smith movie.]
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