The series premiered in 1919.
The title character is a small,
goggle-eyed, moustached, cigar smoking man, who always appear in
a seemingly impeccable outfit with gloves and a top hat. He
perceives himself as a great sportsman, but a passive one of
the kind; he usually just gambles and flunks in poker, boxing
matches, and horse racing. As for the latter Google, at one
time, kept a fairly useless racing horse named Spark Plug.
Initially, the series was titled Take Barney
Google, F'rinstance but it was quickly renamed. From 1934 it
had a sidekick gallery featuring Snuffy Smith, that
became so popular that the series changed title to Barney
Google and Snuffy Smith. Later the title was
shortened to Snuffy Smith, and the original Google characters
do not appear in the new series.