Theodore Seuss Geisel's 'Hejji' is Published

Hejji was an early creation of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and his only venture into the sunday comics pages.

Hejji was a young apprentice Genie in the land of Baako. Hejji's extraordinary adventures were short-lived(the strip only lasted about a dozen weeks) but still marvelous. In these pages Dr. Seuss was already introducing us to his wonderful talent for creating unusual and delightful creatures. Hejji and his master "The Mighty One" would meet many an odd creature like Bearded Bees, Wombats, and the great Pitzu bird. All of these would be encountered in the attempt to impress the object of "Mighty One"'s love, "The Fair One". Unfortunately, as the legend goes, Seuss was let go during great depression job cuts by William Randolph Hearst. Of course Seuss would later go on to create his extraordinary children's books including Cat in the Hat, and The Grinch That stole Christmas.

Quite a few characters and situations from Hejji turned up in Seuss's later work. For example, a pair of goats whose single beard runs from one chin to the other was echoed in the 1953 movie The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, for which Seuss wrote the screenplay and designed the sets and costumes. In the film, the reluctant hero, August Zabladowski, defeats a pair of roller-skating Siamese twins, joined at the beard, by cutting through their beard.

The strip itself, however, was very short-lived. In fact, it disappeared before the end of 1935 and has never been reprinted in its entirety. Along with many obscure 1930s advertising campaigns, illustrations for long-out-of-print books by other authors, and scores of magazine cartoons, it stands among the unknown but interesting early works by one of America's great literary and artistic geniuses.