I Never Saw A Purple Cow

I Never Saw A Purple Cow

Purple Cow… how this strip came to be.
I often read all the comic strips on the Sherpa area of That is where I publish my Doodle Days Comics, along with Facebook and now on this blog. One of the comics that I read is called Norman. It is a cute and original comic strip featuring a purple hued fellow named Norman, and his green alien sidekick. I really like it.

Anyhow, whenever I read it, I think of the Purple Cow ditty that my mom used to recite to my sisters and me when we were growing up. I googled the poem, and found it was first published in 1895. Wow, that’s a while back. From Wikipedia:

Frank Gelett Burgess (January 30, 1866 – September 18, 1951) was an artist, art critic, poet, author and humorist. He created The Lark, a 16-page monthly magazine. The first issue appeared on May Day: May 1, 1895.

purple cow original

“The Purple Cow” (the full title was “The Purple Cow: Reflections on a Mythic Beast Who’s Quite Remarkable, at Least”), an illustrated four-line poem that appeared in the first number of The Lark, was to remain the ne plus ultra of nonsense verse that Burgess would spend his life unsuccessfully attempting to surpass.

Isn’t that an interesting thing? So I made a Doodle Days Comic incorporating both the poem and Norman. The first version just showed the poem.

Doodle Days 5-11-14 purple cow

My husband told me he thought it needed something more, and together we came up with the cow’s response.

And there you have it, the story behind this strip. 🙂


4 thoughts on “I Never Saw A Purple Cow

  1. sheila bond says:

    Guess you are in deep trouble for quoting it ! 😀

    “Ah, yes, I wrote the “Purple Cow”—
    I’m Sorry, now, I wrote it;
    But I can tell you Anyhow
    I’ll Kill you if you Quote it!”

    Gelett Burgess

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