Monday, October 20, 2003
Snuffy Smith, one of Hootin' Holler's more ornery and sawed-off residents, was introduced on November 17, 1934. Within a few weeks, he and Barney were pals, and not too long after that, he'd become co-star of the strip. By the late 1930s, the name of of the strip had become Barney Google & Snuffy Smith. In 1954, Google left the hill country but the strip's focus stayed, and Snuffy was its sole star. Today, Barney's name is still part of the strip's official title, but Barney himself is seldom seen.