Moose and Molly chronicles the misadventures of a lazy, out-of-work, out-of-shape loafer and life with his wife, children and multitude of pets. Moose can never seem to hold a job for more than a day, despite constant goading from his wife, Molly.
Moose and Molly started its newspaper run with King Features in 1965 as Moose Miller. The strip's exaggerated comic style attracted a lot of fans and readers nationwide. Weber changed the name to Moose and Molly in 1998 as Molly's character developed into a more central figure.
The frenzied activity of creator Bob Weber's family provided him with many of the comic situations he portrays in Moose and Molly. For more than 45 years, the strip has retained the vital sense of family humor that has been its hallmark since the beginning.
Bob Weber Sr., creator of Moose and Molly, always knew he wanted to be a professional cartoonist. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1953.
Weber worked for trade journals and wrote gag ideas for other cartoonists. He got his biggest break after meeting cartoonist Dick Cavelli. Weber wrote the overworked Cavelli a letter asking to be his assistant, and while he did not get the job at first, he developed a long-lasting correspondence with the cartoonist. About six months later, Weber moved to Connecticut to work as Cavelli's assistant.
Weber has taught cartooning at the Smithsonian Institution and several libraries and YMCAs in Connecticut, where he and his family live.
Constantly struggling to avoid work, his wife and all the responsibilities that come with adulthood, Moose has been labeled The All-American Loafer. He likes nothing better than to take it easy in his overstuffed armchair, eat, and devise ways to avoid making a living. Though he sometimes finds employment, it never lasts more than a day, sometimes even less than an afternoon. He is capable of get-up-and-go, but only when his neighbors are cooking a dinner he could mooch or when his wife, Molly, comes at him with a rolling pin. Moose pursues sloth and gluttony like a true professional.
As Moose's long-suffering wife, Molly often dreams of the day when Moose will get a job --- and keep it. Unfortunately, this project never seems to get past the dream stage.
Blip is Moose's younger son.
Cindy is his darling little daughter.
Bowser is supposed to be the family watchdog, but the only thing he watches for is breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Bunky is Moose's teenaged son, who is a chip off his father's old block.
Though Moose and Chester often go to bowling tournaments and on camping trips together, there is also a great deal of antagonism between these neighboring families. The Crabtrees have lived next door to the Millers for a long time, and know from painful experience that they have to guard their barbecue, their swimming pool and their privacy. But oddly enough, the Crabtrees actually like the Millers and their retinue of pets (including birds, a goat and a snake).
Molly's mother and Moose's staunchest critic. She had Moose pegged the moment she laid eyes on him.