Joe Palooka / comic | Ham Fisher, 1921


Joe Palooka was an American comic strip about a heavyweight boxing champion, created by cartoonist Ham Fisher in 1921. 
The strip debuted in newspapers in 1930, and ended its run in 1984. 
Palooka exemplified the upright sports hero in an age that embraced decent moral character. 

Morris Engel - New York City, Comic (Joe Palooka), 1948


Joe Palooka made his movie debut in Palooka (1934) with Stuart Erwin in the title role,
Jimmy Durante as Knobby, Lupe Velez as Nina Madero, and Marjorie Rambeau as Mayme Palooka.
Now in the public domain, the film can be seen online.



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