Dingburg bubbles

Today’s Zippy:


Fleer’s product was pink (hence the strip’s title, “In the pink”), apparently because that was the only coloring the inventor had on hand.

From Wikipedia:

Dubble Bubble is a [rhyming] brand of pink-colored bubblegum invented by Walter Diemer, an accountant at Philadelphia based Fleer Chewing Gum Company, in 1928. One of Diemer’s hobbies was concocting recipes for chewing gum based on the original Fleer ingredients. Though founder Frank Fleer had come up with his own bubble gum recipe in 1906, it was shelved due to its being too sticky and breaking apart too easily. It would be another 20 years until Diemer would use the original idea as inspiration for his invention.

… The original gum featured a color comic strip, known as the Fleer Funnies, which was included with the gum. The featured characters, ‘Dub and Bub’, were introduced in 1930 but were replaced by the iconic Pud and his pals in 1950. Originally, Pud was much more rotund than the slimmed down version seen in the 1960s. The early comics were especially large and colorful.


Some kids were said to have bought the stuff primarily for these little comics rather than for the gum.

[Pud’s name was pronounced /pʌd/, with the /ʌ/ of double and bubble — rather than /pʊd/, with /ʊ/, as in pudding, which is used as a (British) clipping of pudding ‘dessert’ and also as coarse slang for ‘penis’, as in the expression pull one’s pud ‘masturbate’.]

As for bubblegum rock… from Wikipedia:

Bubblegum pop (also known as bubblegum rock, bubblegum music, or simply bubblegum) is a genre of pop music with an upbeat sound contrived and marketed to appeal to pre-teens and teenagers, that may be produced in an assembly-line process, driven by producers and often using unknown singers. Bubblegum’s classic period ran from 1967 to 1972. A second wave of bubblegum started two years later and ran until 1977 when disco took over and punk rock emerged.

Examples cited in #1 (“Sugar Honey” is a terrible earworm for me).

3 Responses to “Dingburg bubbles”

  1. Michael Vnuk Says:

    Yes, ‘Sugar, Sugar’ by the Archies would have to be one of the catchiest, sunniest pop songs of all time. The lyrics lack depth, but they don’t need to be strong when the music and delivery are so infectious. However, I’ve often thought that there is one stand-out line: ‘I just can’t believe the loveliness of loving you.’

  2. Legion of Andy Says:

    Your illustration #2 is not a bubble gum wrapper comic but one of the ads for Dubble Bubble gum that ran in actual comic books. The gum wrapper comics were a lot smaller… so when seen close-up the printing looks worse.
    This page has the gum wrapper comics:
    and this one has the ads from comic books:
    Very different things!

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