Hubert Digs Himself Deeper in the Hole -- One-Page Comic by Dick Wingert

Hubert sunday comic title pasteup
Meet "Hubert" by Dick Wingert.
"Hubert" started out as a comic about a sad-sack-type soldier in World War II, and then he adapted to civilian life (like George Baker's Sad Sack did for a short while), where he fought the never-ending battle against meaningless drudgery and a loveless marriage. Yeah. Pretty funny. Here's the whole thing, presented panel-by-panel for your perusal and pleasure:
Hubert by Dick Wingert
This one-pager was a filler page
in The Katzenjammer Kids #2 from 1947.
Hubert buys a shovel one-page filler comic by Dick Wingert
02 Hubert walks by a construction site comic by Dick Wingert
02 construction foreman puts Hubert to workwith his shovel comic by Dick Wingert
04 Hubert's wife calls him out of the construction site comic by Dick Wingert
05 aching Hubert walkshome with his demanding wife comic by Dick Wingert
06 Hubert's wife makes him dig an airraid sheler in the dark comic by Dick Wingert
The End. Ouch!
Here's the whole page in all its yellowed newsprint glory:
Hubert_Katz_Kids_2_1947.cbr - Page 34
Here's a little biography from Syracuse University, where Dick Wingert's life work is archived:
Richard C. Wingert (1919-1993), commonly known as Dick Wingert, is an American cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Hubert.
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wingert's early encouragement for his talent came from a high school art teacher, who eventually helped the young man secure a three year scholarship to the John Herren Art Institute in Indianapolis. Graduating in 1940, Wingert returned home for a year in his father's printing business before being drafted in 1941. Wingert spent a year in Louisiana with the 34th Infantry Division before being shipped to Ireland early in 1942, as a sergeant.
Dick Wingert autobiography from National Cartoonists Society
Stars and Stripes, a new publication, was just being established in London, and, although to this point, Wingert had no expressed talent for cartoons, he did submit samples to London. By mid- May 1942, Wingert himself had been transferred to London, as an artist for the new periodical. Here he spent the rest of the war and here he created his main character "Hubert"—an unshaven, baffled and disheveled GI. During the course of his military career, Wingert spent time on the continent, with Patton and the Third Army and Bradley's First Army, searching for background material for his cartoon work, by now an established feature.
Following the end of the war and demobilization, Wingert returned to the States and spent the next few months making the rounds of the cartoon syndicates in New York. Finally, Hubert was brought to general public attention as a daily comic strip by King Features in 1945. A Sunday strip was added the following year. Though Wingert reportedly employed a few assistants over the years—Tex Blaisdell and Frank Johnson are commonly named—he remained the primary artistic presence on the strip through to the end of its run. Dick Wingert died in November of 1993.
Here's a Hubert Sunday Strip from September 1961
Hubert sunday comic original
A Dick Wingert biography from King Features Syndicate:
Dick Wingert Biography King Peatures Syndicate
Coulton Waugh the Comics cover Buster Brown Coulton Waugh
(writing in The Comics)
didn't have much nice to say about Hubert...
Coulton Waugh on Hubert about "damning with faint praise!"
There's more art and info on Hubert and Dick Wingert at:

...and some more scans at
By the way...
construction foreman yelling at Hubert by Dick Wingert
Look at this guy's TEETH!


Will Finn said...

quirky! bland and morbid at the same time!

perhaps hubert is digging his own grave in that last panel of the color strip?

Sherm said...

re: "digging his own grave" that's a creepy (but pretty resonant) thought! For Dick Wingert's sake I hope this strip's not autobiographical.

Sarah White said...

My father was the model for Hubert. Charles W. White was a reporter on the Stars & Stripes where Wingert met him; both were from Indiana. said...

Where I can see the cartoons about HUBERT ?

Anonymous said...

I just found a comic book at an estate auction. "HUBERT AT CAMP MOONBEAM". Does anyone know the value? The cover is a little tattered but seems to be complete.