High-Pressure Pete and Salesman Sam appear to be two nearly indistinguishable comics by George Swanson, who signed this strip “Swan.” Sam was later taken over by someone named “Small,” who had more of a Jimmy Hatlo style. Pete made “Jerry on the Job” look like a stark minimalist painting scored by John Cage. It’s roughly the same strip, but the volume, bass and treble have all been turned to eleven. Instead of the simple Mr. Givney, we’ve a squat fellow named Mr. Hookem; instead of a railway, the Corner Store; instead of a few surrealistic signs, there are dozens per frame; instead of evil little Jerry, we’ve High Pressure Pete.
Herewith some examples from the Minneapolis Star Journal, circa 1928-29.