The Gumps' mixture of equally delocalized domestic realism and exotic adventure appealed to a nation-wide market.

Sidney Smith, "The City of Gold: A stupendous drama of adventure and thrills," The Gumps, cartoon, 1926 Chicago Tribune; rpt. Bill Blackbeard and Martin Williams, The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics (New York: Harry N. Abrams with Smithsonian Institution Press, 1977) 85.