There have been many weddings both historical and fictional in the world of pop culture. We can go back two thousand years to wedding that Jesus attended in Cana where he turned the water into wine. We don’t know who the bride and groom were at that wedding, but we certainly know it took place. Fast forward a few hundred years and we celebrate Arthur marrying his beloved Guinevere, move forward again and we have Victoria marrying Albert a wedding that still effects our culture today. The first wedding that we all knew about the day it happened occurred on February 17, 1933, the wedding of Blondie to Dagwood.
Blondie is a comic strip character created by Chic Young in 1930. Originally Blondie was a flapper with a lot of boyfriends some of which were well to do. One her beaus was Dagwood Bumstead son of a billionaire railroad tycoon.
Dagwood was a bit dense going so far as to get lost in his own mansion in one strip. The problem was that this was the 1930s and the depression was full on. The adventures of a beautiful blonde and her goofy rich boyfriend was not something that the public was finding funny any more. The Blondie strip was losing readers and Chic young had to do something.
Then inspiration hit. Blondie and Dagwood fell in love. This was a first in comic strips. There as an engagement and then the first wedding in comic strip history took place on February 17, 1933.
Dagwood’s father immediately cut him off and disinherited him leaving Dagwood and Blondie as members of the working class. Blondie marriage to Dagwood has lasted over 80 years. And is still going strong. Because of the marriage the tone of the strip was changed from a singles woman’s adventures to the adventures of a family. The Bumstead’s would have two children. The first, a son, Baby Dumpling, a precocious child who in his teens would have name revealed as Alexander. The second a daughter named Cookie who now is a sweet bubbly teenage girl, probably much like her mother may have been.
After the marriage of Dagwood to Blondie the world of Pop Culture weddings exploded. L’il Abner would marry Daisy May. Clark Kent would marry Lois Lane and Peter Parker world marry Mary Jane Watson.
As the public grew more aware TV characters would get married and the marriages of important people would take hold of the public’s imagination. This would go back to the wedding of Prince Charles to Diana and recently the wedding of their son, Prince Harry to Meghan Markle.
op Culture loves weddings and whether they be in the comic strips, Television, Movies or Comic Books. This past December in The Fantastic Four Ben Grimm Finally married his long time love Alicia Masters and weddings will continue to fascinate us as long as people fall in love.