Days ago, my darling mother picked up a later version of the same game from the late 1940s. Looking at photos of it, I noticed something: The Bad Pipsisewah was, like, a totally different dude.
At some point before 1949, the Bad Pipsisewah in the "Uncle Wiggily Game" turned from being a somewhat charming cephalopod to a club-wielding rhinoceros-giraffe hybrid with a jaunty cap. The first iteration of the Uncle Wiggily game was distributed by Milton Bradley in 1916, six years after Howard R. Garis created the Uncle Wiggily character. As far as I can tell from the illustrations in the newspaper comics and subsequent Uncle Wiggily books, the Bad Pipsisewah has ALWAYS been a rhinoceros-like miscreant and not EVER anything resembling an octopus or creature of the deep. So, what happened?
After a little investigation and research, I have absolutely no answers. What I do have, though, is a run down of (almost) every incarnation of the "Uncle Wiggily Game" Bad Pipsisewah from 1916 until 1988. Uncle Wiggily experts of the world – what's the deal?
Original 1916 Milton Bradley version - Original here
Original here (Thanks Mona for the original heads-up!)
1923 (?) Milton Bradley version - From my collection
1949 Milton Bradley version #1 - From my mother
1949 Milton Bradley version #2 - Original here
1954 Milton Bradley version - Original here
1961 Milton Bradley version - Original here
1967 Parker Brothers version - Original here
1988 Parker Brothers version - Original here
You may notice that two versions were released in 1949, with the main differences being the colors of the outfit. Hmm! Also, Parker Brothers put out two versions during the aesthetics-challenged decade that was the 1970s (in 1971 and 1979), neither of which I could find a decent picture of. The "Uncle Wiggily Game" is still in production to this day.