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Before Donald Trump 10 Cartoon Characters Who Ran for President

Before Donald Trump 10 Cartoon Characters Who Ran for President. Americans who live outside the orbit of New York City’s gossipy tabloids may have first gotten to know Donald Trump as a two-dimensional figure, a character in the comic strip “Doonesbury.”

Since his debut there in 1987, the Republican presidential nominee has played a recurring role in the strip, providing enough material to fill cartoonist Garry Trudeau’s latest collection, Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump, published last month.

While the flesh-and-blood Trump may be a singular political phenomenon, the pen-and-ink version is part of a long line of cartoon characters who have run for president—a tradition that stretches all the way back to the election of 1908. He isn’t the only ‘toon in the race this year, either. Both Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat and the Marvel Comics character Loki have declared, as well.

Here are 10 of the most colorful cartoon contenders over the years, along with their economic platforms (to the extent that they had one).

#2 Alvin

Alvin cartoon

Alvin

Occupation: Singing chipmunk

Election year: 1960

Economic platform: “Two bicycles in every garage, four Christmases every year.”

The smart-alecky lead singer of the Chipmunks, best known for their 1958 Christmas classic, “The Chipmunk Song,” threw his tiny hat into the ring with 1960 single, “Alvin for President.” Fellow candidate John F. Kennedy, who would face off against Richard M. Nixon that fall, welcomed him into the race, remarking, “I’m glad to know that I have at least one worthy opponent.” See also: Singing show.

    #3 Dogbert

    Dogbert

    Dogbert

    Occupation: Companion animal, business dog

    Election years: 1992, 2008

    Economic platform: “I promise to take money from the people who don’t vote for me and give it to the people who do.”

    Dilbert’s villainous talking dog in the Scott Adams comic strip, Dogbert has made at least two runs for the presidency but devotes most of his energy to the business world, job-hopping among occupations like CEO, management consultant, investment banker, and tech support specialist. A return to the political arena would not be surprising, though. As he confessed in one 1999 strip, “I need a job where my immense ego seems normal.” See also: CEO deputy, Mohaqiq son killed his elder brother!

      #4 Magilla Gorilla

      Magilla Gorilla

      Magilla Gorilla

      Occupation: Unsold pet-store ape

      Election year: 1964

      Economic platform: “You want it! You got it!”

      One of the assortments of Hanna-Barbara animated cartoon characters to enter the presidential fray in the 1960s (see Yogi Bear, later), Magilla Gorilla declared his candidacy in the election that pitted incumbent Lyndon Baines Johnson against challenger Barry Goldwater. Although he would lose to LBJ, his timing was smart: By the time of the next presidential election, in 1968, he was no longer on the air. See also: Sweet Dreams Are Made of Toilet Paper.

        #5 Augustus Mutt

        Augustus Mutt

        Augustus Mutt, Occupation: Anything involving a get-rich-quick scheme

        Election years: 1908 and later

        Economic platform: Unknown

        The taller half of the cartoon duo Mutt and Jeff, Mutt is believed to have broken the glass ceiling for cartoon character presidential candidates in 1908—the first of several unsuccessful bids. His running mate was his new sidekick Jeff, whom he had met earlier that year in a mental institution. (Jeff was apparently genuinely mad, while Mutt was merely a dumbbell.) Though their strip ran in newspapers for 75 years, ending in 1983, Mutt and Jeff are probably best remembered today as a catchphrase for two pals of strikingly different heights.

          #6 Alfred E. Neuman

          Alfred E. Neuman

          Alfred E. Neuman’s Occupation: Magazine mascot

          Election years: 1956 to present

          Economic platform: “What—me worry?”

          Mad magazine’s perpetual cover boy made his first run for the presidency in December 1956, pitting himself against Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson, as a write-in candidate. (He was a little late; the election happened in November.) Undeterred, he has returned repeatedly since. Among his campaign slogans: “You could do worse, you always have!”

            #7 Pogo Possum

            Pogo Possum

            Pogo Possum

            Occupation: Swamp-dwelling philosopher

            Election years: 1952 and later

            Economic platform: Unknown (When asked by another character if he had any planks, he offered boards from his porch.)

            Star of a sophisticated, Cold War-era newspaper strip bearing his name, Pogo was first put forward as a presidential candidate in 1952. His candidacy proved especially popular on college campuses, with Pogo for President rallies at Harvard, Cornell, MIT, Rice, UCLA, and at least a dozen other schools. Harvard’s rally got a bit out of hand—characterized in news accounts as “a bottle and beer can brawl with club-swinging police” that ended in the arrests of 28 students. Though Pogo would lose to Dwight Eisenhower that year, his name continued to be floated for higher office long after the demise of his comic in 1975. Today he may be best known for the saying, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” See also: Fuel price.

              #8 Snoopy

              Snoopy cartoon

              Snoopy

              Occupation: Beagle

              Election years: 1968 to present

              Economic platform: “Pizza on every table,” “federal aid to surfing.”

              While other “Peanuts” characters have also had a go at the higher office (Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Linus, among them), Snoopy may have come closest with his 1968 bid—complete with an official theme song, “Snoopy for President,” by the Royal Guardsmen, the band that had previously celebrated his World War One flying ace heroics in “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron.” Though shot down this time, Snoopy would try again in 1972 and 1976. In 1980, as Ronald Reagan faced his own presidential race, the Republican candidate wrote cartoonist Charles Schulz, “Anything you can do to talk Snoopy out of running will be appreciated. How would he feel about a cabinet post?” See also: Alvin.

                #9 Wonder Woman

                Wonder Woman

                Wonder Woman

                Occupation: Superhero, the former Amazonian princess

                Election years: 1972, 2944

                Economic platform: Unknown (Economic equality for women seems like a good guess.)

                The comic-book heroine Wonder Woman may have enjoyed her greatest political triumph in the 1972 election when the new feminist magazine Ms. featured her on its cover under the banner “Wonder Woman for President.” But she was not a total stranger to presidential politics. A 1943 issue of her comic, published during the 1944 race, showed her under a similar banner—though with the disappointing disclaimer that the story was set 1,000 years in the future. See also: A woman can do everything.

                  #11 Zippy

                  Zippy cartoon

                  Zippy

                  Occupation: Unclear (Circus attraction is one plausible theory.)

                  Election years: 1980 to present

                  Economic platform: Unknown, if any

                  A 1970s underground comics star gone mainstream, Bill Griffith’s Zippy, sometimes known as Zippy the Pinhead, seems to have made his first bid for higher office in 1980, the year Ronald Reagan won his initial term. Zippy’s nonsensical statements, while not uncommon for politicians, offer little clue to his ideology—although he is on record as saying, “All life is a blur of Republicans and meat.” Zippy is perhaps best known for his question, “Are we having fun yet?” See also: Election promises.

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