If you’re under 90, you’ve probably never heard of Happy Hooligan.
But his brother Gloomy Gus and his friends Alphonse and Gaston (“After you, my dear Alphonse”) may ring a bell. Opper’s bumbling hero may have faded from popular memory, but his side characters seem to be with us to stay.
Happy Hooligan is a hobo who is so poor he wears a tin can for a hat. Nonetheless, h