Dog Names that Start with 'Bl' in Pop Culture
Human fascination with canines is documented down through the annals of history, telling the story of our human and canine interaction and the benefits to both man and beast of that interaction. Many of these documented relationships and stories, found in books, films, television programming and even in comic strips, depict the canines in a variety of ways, both real and imagined. Regardless of how portrayed, the dogs both educate and entertain us, our age and lot in life notwithstanding. Our pop culture spotlight today is Black Bob, a Collie formerly from the British comic strip series in "The Dandy." Black Bob was a Collie who hailed from Selkirk in Yorkshire, whose owner was Andrew Glenn, described as a bearded shepherd. Black Bob, depicted as a regular appearing Collie dog with average sheepdog strength and physical abilities is said to be extremely intelligent, frequently surpassing his nominal owner in this area. Black Bob, well-known as "The Dandy Wonder Dog," is accompanied by his owner, Andrew, throughout the comic series. Together they become involved in some situations which range from funny to downright dangerous, often requiring some swift, intelligent action from Black Bob to save the day.
This comic strip series ran in "The Dandy" from 1944 to 1982, with a total of eight Black Bob children's books published with regularity in 1950, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1961 and 1965. Black Bob's tale began as a text story published in "The Dandy" in 1944 with a picture-type comic strip version making its debut in "The Weekly News" in 1946 and running to 1967.
The British comic strip escapades of Black Bob and Andrew compare to those of Lassie and Timmy in the American movie and television series "Lassie, Come Home," outlasting the American series by several decades, still being popular into 1990's. Many Americans of the era were Lassie fans as children, but at that time, access to British television programming was limited. Having been introduced to British humor over the years, we are sure many would have enjoyed the entertainment and education provided by Black Bob and Andrew.