Starting in 1919, Billy DeBeck's 'Barney Google' travelled the world with his racehorse Spark Plugg, but by 1934 a backwoods acquaintence rose to prominence in the strip. Who was it?
Snuffy Smith. The hillbilly Smith, his wife Loweezy and kids Jughaid and Tater, were introduced in 1942 shortly before DeBeck died. From there, assistant Fred Lasswell took over and so did the Smiths. Google was the subject of a hit song in the 1920'