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Dumb Dora was a comic strip published from to distributed by King Features Syndicate. Dumb Dora was initially drawn by Chic Young of later Blondie fame. Although Young's Dora was uneducated, she was also capable of persuading people around her to let her get her own way. This frequently resulted in the strip ending with a character saying of Dora "She ain't so dumb! According to slang glossaries of the early s, the term "dumb Dora" referred to any young woman who was scatter-brained or stupid. The epithet "Dumb Dora" became identified with the vaudeville act of George Burns and his wife, Gracie Allen ,  as did a similar slang expression for a female who was not very bright, but in a charming way: "dizzy dame.
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According to King Features Syndicate , Young had a daily readership of 52 million. Stan Drake , who drew Blondie in the s and s, stated that Young "has to go down in history as one of the geniuses of the industry. Born in Chicago , Illinois , Young began drawing with the encouragement of his mother, who was an artist. Although his father James was a shoe salesman who didn't think much of artists, all of the children in the family were creative: Walter was a painter, daughter Jamar entered the commercial art field and Lyman , Chic's older brother, drew the Tim Tyler's Luck comic strip for King Features. It was Lyman who spurred Chic to constantly draw.
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The epithet was popularized by the vaudeville act of George Burns and his wife, Gracie Allen, but was in use earlier. In it was turned into a comic strip drawn by Chic Young of later Blondie fame and produced by King Features Syndicate. Flappers of the s were also sometimes likened to dumb Doras. Posted by boutje on November 28, in Uncategorized. Leave a comment.
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