In a previous post on this web site, titled “Trixie” and dated January 29, 2013, I chronicled how Mort Walker came up with the idea of sharing Trixie’s thoughts with readers. Curious about how this concept was introduced, I decided to go back in the archives to document the transition.
“During the early years of the strip,” I wrote in the post, “Trixie didn’t have much to say – only an occasional whimper or cry for help.”
Here is a Sunday page from September 21, 1958 that shows how Trixie expressed herself four years into the run of the strip. In a few weeks her ability to communicate would change dramatically.
“In the late 1950s, Mort came up with the idea of permitting readers to view Trixie’s thoughts,” I continued. “It was a stroke of genius.”
From this point on, her new character trait became a permanent fixture in the strip. Trixie, the thinking baby, launched the feature to a new level of success. Although she looks slightly different today, the youngest member of the Flagston clan is still providing a running commentary on family life and human behavior.
– Brian Walker