Some Arf Lovers were shocked at the picture I ran yesterday of Mutt and Jeff. Though it is not generally talked about I thought everyone knew of Mutt and Jeffâ€™s homosexual relationship. Batman and Robin were hardly the first gay duo in comics. In fact, since Mutt and Jeffâ€™s adventures were chronicled in the first successful daily comic strip, that would make Mutt and Jeff the First Couple of Homosexuality of the Comics. Yesterdayâ€™s image was one of many that could be cited that showed this sexual preference of these â€œArf Loversâ€. I am sharing just a few more such pictures today for the edification of this blogâ€™s readership.
Arf reached Jeff at the Elvira, NY Home for the Aged where he had this to say: â€œMutt, may he rest in peace, and I shared a special bond. Unlike today we were not always able to openingly display our affection for each other because of the restrictive times we lived and worked in. But, the knowledge of our relationship was none-the-less obvious to our readership and supported by our syndicate, newspaper editors and fellow comic strip characters. Thus, I am proud of the ground we broke for people of all sexual orientations. I want to add, though he was known as a strong pratictioner, shall we say, of male/female relations our cartoonist, â€œBudâ€ Fisher, was particularly supportive of our lifestyle.â€The Arf Lovers Blog also reached Batman at the stately Wayne Manor for comment where he had just finished sliding down the Bat Pole into the Bat Cave with Robin. Speaking for them both Batman commented, â€œRobin and I have talked many times about the courage and great example that Mutt and Jeff set of love and commitment for all couples, caped or otherwise. Mutt and Jeff especially opened many doors to couples like Robin and myself. The Boy Wonder and I salute these brave pioneersâ€.
— C. Yoe (in the funny papers)