It's amazing how many many good comic strips just never caught on with the public, maybe because they didn't contain appealing regular characters. Sometimes it seems like people would rather see the blandest treatment of a regular character, than the most creative treatment of one they see only once. I feel that way myself sometimes. I should be slapped for it, and so should the public.
Anyway, here's some worthy strips that got the axe. All are from the indispensable "Stripper's Guide", which is on my list of links.
Hardy Hirah (above) is beaten up, first by a hen, then by her kids. Hiram's a bit grotesque but I still like him.
Slightly primitive drawing (above), but the artist has good ideas!
The Bud Smith strip (above): can you believe how much work artists used to put in on these strips? And this was the day before syndication was widespread, meaning the artist probably had to live on what he got from one just one newspaper!
Herriman did this strip (above)for the Shriners magazine. Good old Herriman, a real aristocrat of the cartoon world!
Mrs. Fret-Not (above): slightly primitive drawing but the figures are graphic and unrealistic, the way all good newspaper characters are. How do you like the body bend in the next to last panel?
One of Swinnerton's Embarrassing Moment cartoons (above): I like to see crowds in strip cartoons (but never in animation)!