Augustus Mutt (5/11)

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. See also: Marcin Bondarowicz

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Written by Gustav Michalon

Gustav Michalon is a contributing writer of Toons Mag. He writes about cartoons and cartoonists.

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