Comic Strip Characters: Graphic names from Ace to Oola

Since comics first appeared over a century ago, their creators have been as inventive with character names as they have with innovative graphics and storylines, finding exotic names for their femmes fatale, comical names for humorous characters, perky names for pigtailed adolescents and noble names for high-flying heroes. Here are a dozen of the most interesting.


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Ace Drummond was a daring young Charles Lindberghish pilot introduced to Sunday comics supplements in 1935, created by two actual World War I aces. Ace, like fellow playing card-appellations Jack and King, is beginning to be heard more in nurseries. Several celebs—Natalie Appleton, Tom Dumont, and Jennie Finch and Casey Daigle—have Aces for sons.

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Lola Says:

January 20th, 2012 at 9:32 am

Barnaby, Cicero, Dash, India & Dot are my favorites on this list! I love old comics, I used to read some of these in my Babci’s back room!

Awesome collection! 😀

lara_jane Says:

January 20th, 2012 at 10:17 am

I love Dash as a nickname for Dashiell. Cute, spunky nickname and strong, romantic full name. Perfection.

Etta is super fab as well.

I have a 5-month-old great-nephew named Ace, and he is… well, ace. 😉

mjeezy13 Says:

January 20th, 2012 at 11:02 am

I could maybe see Oola as a nn for Fionnuala, kinda like how my baby cousin calls my Fiona “Ona”.

Poppy528 Says:

January 20th, 2012 at 11:12 am

I really fancy Ace as an (occasional) nickname for Wallace. Don’t have too much to say on comic books, they were never really my thing…

I hope you run a list of comic book villains in the future!

Mischa Says:

January 20th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I love the spunky Barnaby! As it’s so similar to Ava and Ella, I can see Etta becoming popular. Today, I heard the sad news that the great singer Etta James died!

mermuse Says:

January 20th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Trying to convince my friends to name their baby boy due in June “Barnaby.” They aren’t digging it.

jessesgirl Says:

January 20th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Of all these I like just Dash and Archie! Cool read though!

aunt_ning Says:

January 27th, 2012 at 7:48 am

My nephews name is Jason but my other little nephew couldnt say Jason and he started calling him Ace and it stuck

TinaBina Says:

January 27th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Is it just me or is this article recycled? I read this a while ago…

Jacquelini Says:

January 27th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Not just you….re-run.

Saranel Says:

January 28th, 2012 at 3:48 am


lara_jane Says:

January 29th, 2012 at 11:05 am

Not just a re-run, but a recent one, too! This was originally posted within the last week! Strange indeed!

LexieM Says:

August 19th, 2012 at 10:09 am

Not really name oriented but for those of you who fancy “Nemo”. Winsor McCay also created one of the first animated films called “Little Nemo” (1911?) which is incredibly famous.

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