mark trail is a syndicated comic strip that was first printed in 1946. it’s about the exploits of a photojournalist and magazine writer named, expectedly, mark trail. the strip focuses mainly on environmental and ecological issues, but don’t worry… mark stumbles into plenty of danger and excitement during his adventures!
a few notable things about this comic strip…
-early in his career, jack davis, of ec comics fame, worked on mark trail as an inker.
-in the 50s, and again in the 90s, mark trail had his own serialized radio program.
-mark trail is the mascot of the national oceanic and atmospheric administration, and the official voice of the national weather service and noaa weather and all hazards radio.
-mark trail is the only comic character that has received the honor of having part of a forest named after him. in 1991, congress designated 16,400 acres of the Chattahoochee National Forest as the mark trail wilderness.
all this is well and good, but the real reason i was drawn to mark trail is the outstanding use of word balloons. it’s as if these people don’t understand how the balloons are supposed to work, and instead, just place them wherever is convenient. the result is a lot of rude talking animals butting into conversations.