(Jess Willard was the heavyweight champion in 1915.)
I really like the Stewart W. Carothers strips. They feel more like Chaplin films, relying on pantomime, than the later E.C. Segar strips, which often revolved around wordplay. Do you know if they have every been collected? They'd make a lovely book.
No, I don't. It would be a nice project for someone. You can search for the strips on the Library of Congress' "Chronicling America" newspaper site. Just type "Chaplin Comic Capers" in the search box and then sort by date to see the early ones. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
In CC's Funny Stunts, second and third pages of cover (in black and white) are by Carothers. The rest of the book (in color) is by Segar.In CC's Comic Capers, many pages are not signed. Anyway, there's no page signed by Carothers.I also have CC in the Army: pages 1 to 4 are from Carothers. The ten following pages are by Segar.D.