DAVID G. SIMPSON
S-M COMICSS-M Comics was a comic strip published by David Simpson and John Mellor at Village Elementary School in South Charleston, West Virginia during the 1972-73 school year. There were ten characters, whose faces were made from the numbers 0 through 9.
The main character was made from the number 1, and was named "Hag". He was portrayed as kind of a snooty, snobbish character. I don't know how we came up with the name, but we later decided that "Hag" was three initials that stood for "Harold Anthony Grose".
Hag was most frequently accompanied by Hag's Butler, who was made from a number 3. Hag's Butler sometimes appeared as some other character (like a cop).
We published a series of "Mini-Follies", as John called them. I don't know what happened to those, but I do still have an example comic. As far as I know, this is the only surviving strip from S-M Comics:
S-M Comics was ahead of its time in some ways. The characters were noted for frequent use of what are now called "catch phrases". The ones I remember are:
John's family moved back to Pennsylvania at the end of sixth grade; I don't know where he is today. Maybe he'll find this Web site and we can collaborate on an S-M Comics revival!
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