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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