Updated on 16 October, 2021
Sally Forth is the comic strip's creator, a spun off from the Saturday morning cartoon show of the same name. In this strip, she acts as the girl next door to the boys, going on adventures with them and generally having a great time. The strip itself ran for over 30 years, and during that time, Sally was married three times. She divorced twice, once in the middle of her strip career. The marriage to her last husband ended their active participation in the strip, which might account for her not being so keen about getting to come back.
Sally is always depicted as having long legs, big bulging ears, and bright pink hair. The long leg look might be an unintentional running gag, since her height has nothing to do with the strip's setting, though the two may have met in another dimension. Her ears are large, protruding, and have always given her the appearance of listening to gossip or what-not. Her eyes are also large, round, and protruding like those of an alert dog.
Sally is described as a fun-loving tomboy who loves dirt bikes, baseball, and playing with construction toys. Although her favorite pastime is playing baseball, her real interest is " decoding strange signals from her alternate dimension counterparts" (her words, not mine). As far as theories go, it's suggested that her alternate universe is populated by superdimensional beings who use Sally's likeness to spread parental mind games among their ranks. This theory has since been disproved by the fans, but the legend lives on.
Sally Forth started out as a bright and attractive twelve year old tomboy, drawn to the bright colors and loud noises of her favorite sport. As she matured, she abandoned the "safe" world of school to pursue her dream of becoming a full-fledged woman in the comics. Her transition was a difficult one, as people who didn't know her didn't trust her new attitude and assumed she was merely playing around. However, when it became apparent to those around her that Sally was really an intelligent young woman with a unique gift for finding the outrageous and cute, she was able to overcome various social and even familial barriers. Many comic book fans regard Sally as a female version of Wonder Woman.
Sally was born in 1911 and spent much of her early life in a small town in eastern Pennsylvania. It wasn't until she was a teenager that she realized her destiny in the comic strip business. Many of her early strips centered on the city of Philadelphia. The adventures she shared with her friend, Frank "Pineapple" Welsh, helped them both gain respect and popularity. Sally's popularity exploded when she was hired by the New York City newspaper, The Daily Record, as a full-time news reporter.
The adventures in Sally Forth began to take Sally away from the wholesome environment of her home in Philadelphia. She was forced to work long hours because of the type of assignments she was given at the strip club. The strict dress code made it difficult for women working at strip clubs to fit in and make friends. In one memorable strip, Sally Forth decided to give up her title and went her own way.
Although many people credit Sally Forth with inventing the modern woman, other women have raised questions about how far the comic strip has come. One of the more popular TV shows about women, " actresses vs. models," gave an award to Sally Forth and mentioned her at length. There are even Web sites that provide information about Sally Forth. It's hard to imagine that a woman who worked at a strip club would not be seen as a sex symbol today.
Today, the women of "Sally Forth" seem poised to re-write their history and claim that they are the real "Sally Farts." They are depicted as intelligent, attractive, and successful businesswomen. And strip club owners, looking for an easy way to advertise their products, seem to find their woman ready to dance on their dime. The real Sally Forth might never have fit into the world of comics, but she was a role model for women everywhere. Her death has left the door wide open for another comic strip revolution.