MUTT AND JEFF, especially for a comic of its time, often "Broke the Fourth Wall"...
...But here, in a truly unusual Sunday newspaper comic strip reprinted in MUTT AND JEFF # 44 (DC Comics, Cover Date: February/March, 1950), they not only "break the Fourth Wall" - but literally TEAR DOWN Walls 1-3 in celebration of the New Year!
Below is a panel-by-panel breakdown of the festivities! Watch the panel borders... um, "lose cohesiveness" (for lack of a better term) as the strip progresses!
Now I have no idea exactly which "New Year" creator Bud Fisher, (studio assistant and de-facto writer/artist) Al Smith, and the strip's cast might have been originally ringing-in... But, given this is a newspaper strip, reprinted in a comic book with a cover date of February/March - 1950 (which means it would have been on sale in DECEMBER, 1949), it is almost certainly a year sometime in the mid-to-later 1940s!
In the next-to-last panel, Jeff's PANTS change from orange to blue - or is Mutt just a supernatural contortionist? You decide!
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019 (and "nineteen-forty-whatever") from Mutt and Jeff, their supporting cast, Esther, Averi, Joe - and TIAH Blog!