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Andy Gump is an iconic cartoon character who originated in the early 20th century. He was created by the American cartoonist Sidney Smith and first appeared in a comic strip called "The Gumps" in 1917.

The comic strip revolved around the comical and often chaotic daily life of the Gump family, with Andy Gump being the central character. Andy was a well-meaning but bumbling everyman, known for his round glasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and a distinctive gap-toothed smile. He was portrayed as a working-class man trying to navigate through the challenges of family, work, and society.

One of the reasons for Andy Gump's immense popularity was his relatability, as he reflected the common struggles of ordinary Americans during the early 20th century. The comic strip touched on various social and political issues of the time, such as the First World War, Prohibition, and the evolving role of women in society.

"The Gumps" garnered widespread acclaim and achieved significant success during its run. It was published in a large number of newspapers, and at its peak, it was estimated to have been read by over 40 million people.

Andy Gump's popularity further expanded through various adaptations and mediums.

In the late 1920s, the comic strip was adapted into a successful radio show, and in 1929, "The Gumps" became an animated film series. Andy Gump also made appearances in other forms of popular media, including toys, merchandise, and even a 1931 feature-length film called "The Spirit of Notre Dame."

The character's influence extended beyond his initial run in "The Gumps." Andy Gump is often credited with popularizing the term "Andy Gump legs," which referred to people who had mismatched or misfitting artificial limbs. The term gained such widespread usage that it became a part of popular culture.

Although "The Gumps" ended its run in 1959, Andy Gump still remains an iconic figure in the history of American comic strips. He exemplifies the enduring appeal of relatable, flawed characters whose stories resonate with audiences. Andy Gump's portrayal as a normal person facing everyday challenges continues to captivate and entertain readers to this day.

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