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About Sweetie Pie
About Nadine Seltzer
Sweetie Pie & Her Supporting Cast
Things to Know About Sweetie Pie
I'm a big fan of the "small fry" comic strips like
"Little Iodine" and "Dennis the Menace" (to name a few), but "Sweetie
Pie" is, hands-down, about the funniest, most outrageous strip of its
kind. Sweetie Pie is like a female version of Dennis the Menace,
but with a mean streak. Dennis was actually pretty innocent about
the mischief he caused. Sweetie Pie was a brat. A cute
brat, but still a brat!
Nadine Seltzer pretty much showed up out of thin air
when she created "Sweetie Pie" in 1954. She's not known for any
other work in the comic strip medium. At the time, "Dennis the
Menace" was about the hottest newspaper comic strip around. I'm
sure the great success of the earlier strip is what prompted Seltzer to
create "Sweetie Pie"; especially since it's also in panel form.
"Sweetie Pie" is a top-notch comic strip. The
art and writing are both great, but it's really the attitude of the
whole strip that grabs you...pulls you in. Sweetie Pie's mischief
isn't always so innocent. She tries to push the limit. Her
name is contradictory to the character. I think Nadine Seltzer
did an outstanding job with her strip.
Sadly, "Sweetie Pie" has been overlooked. The
strip managed to last through 1967, but did not make any great waves in
popularity. "Sweetie Pie" just wasn't promoted that aggressively
and couldn't cross over to other media. There were no cartoon or
live-action attempts of "Sweetie Pie", nor was there much merchandise
besides a few coloring books and flop comic book issues. Sweetie
Pie's greatest success was in two cartoon paperback releases of strip
reprints. These also were not breakout successes, but saw many
printings from 1955 to about 1962.
Nadine Seltzer passed away in 2008, undoubtedly
disappointed with the lack of commercial success from her wonderful
to Know About Sweetie Pie:
- "Sweetie Pie" was created by Nadine Joy Seltzer in 1954 and
lasted through 1967. It was owned and distributed by NEA Service,
Inc. (Newspaper Enterprise Association).
- "Sweetie Pie" was launched without any major publicity or
- "Sweetie Pie" had her own, self-titled comic book series
from Ajax/Farrel which lasted only two issues from 1955-56. A
third issue was made, but designated #15, by the Pines publisher in
- Two "Sweetie Pie" coloring books came out in 1957.
- The famous "Four Color Comics" series from Dell Comics
designated two issues of its series to Sweetie Pie (#1165 in July, 1961
and #1241 in January, 1962).
- Apparently, only two paperback releases of strip
reprints were given to Sweetie Pie. The first was called "Sweetie
Pie", the second "More Sweetie Pie". They went through a number
- Sadly, "Sweetie Pie" never took as a comic strip
although it lasted over a dozen years. It didn't even come close
to being adapted into cartoons or live-action shows, nor did it spawn
much merchandise. This is an incredible oversight.
Pie & Her Supporting Cast:
Releases: I will add more information as I find it, but
here is a list of known "Sweetie Pie" books of strip reprints I've
- Sweetie Pie- The female mischief maker of the
strip. Sweetie Pie is her real name, and not just a term of
- Mom- Sweetie Pie's very attractive blonde mother.
- Dad- Sweetie Pie's father.
- Schultz- Sweetie Pie's dog.
- Lester- Sweetie Pie's boy pal.
- Miss Fossle- Sweetie Pie's teacher.
- Gas House- School bully.
About Nadine Seltzer:
- Sweetie Pie (June 1955,
- More Sweetie Pie
- Nadine Joy Seltzer was
born on May 8, 1929 in Hinsdale, Illinois. She was the oldest of
- Nadine was born a
paternal twin, but her baby brother died just one day after
birth. She was born premature and was very small.
- Nadine had a difficult
childhood, growing up during the height of the Great Depression.
- Nadine earned her Art
Degree from Glendale College.
- She created the
"Sweetie Pie" comic strip in 1954. Nadine is not known for any
other work in comic strips.
- Nadine sometimes inked
the strip, but she usually wrote the funny captions. She had a
male artist do the bulk of the artwork, who did not receive credit for
- Nadine did not receive
a lot of money for her work on "Sweetie Pie". As a matter of
fact, when she was pregnant with her only child in 1965, she had to
move back in with her parents.
- The strip lasted
through 1967. "Sweetie Pie", despite the fact that it was an
excellent strip, was not given enough of a chance to shine.
- In 1978, Nadine was in
a near-fatal car accident which resulted in a slow recovery.
- Nadine passed away on May
20, 2008 of Parkinson's Disease. She also had dementia.
- Nadine had one child, Tanya
(born 1965), who married Chris Enriquez. She was survived by them
and their three sons, Ryan, Alex, and Jacob.
- Nadine had three brothers,
Sheldon, Bruce, and Randy. She also had a sister, Nancy Bylard,
who passed away in 2007.