In the first year of klydemorris.com
with the site being popularized by word of mouth alone, the statistics
began to steadily rise with hits reaching a high of 1,082 per hour in
March of 2000. Likewise, klydemorris.com was selected as Amazon.com’s
site of the month in October of 1999. From the start, it was Wes’ desire
to make Klyde Morris the ultimate aviation cartoon strip and the place
where everyone involved in aviation in any way could go to escape the
constraints of the aviation industry.
is his trademark, Wes did not start off meekly, but went directly for
the funniest target. In early Internet cartoons he did a series where
he featured Scott O’Grady volunteering to go back into action in the
sky over Kosovo in quest of being shot down again... so he could get
another book deal. Then he morphed O’Grady into a wanna be Hollywood
action hero named “Scott Basher”. Later in that first year Wes put Klyde
through the abuse of the United Airlines pilot’s interview, and flew
a fictitious doctor to Washington D.C. to have Geraldo’s nose removed
from President Clinton’s butt. Wes also scored multiple hits on the
television news media and their moronic coverage of aviation disasters.
In this process he featured NTSB investigator Greg Feith as the ever-resilient
professional forced to put up with media questions about how he managed
to keep his hair so perfect. This series of cartoons was directly responded
to by investigator Feith himself who asked for, and got, an autographed
copy of the original. When the Boeing strike took place in early 2000,
Klyde was there rooting for the little guys and sticking it to the blow-hards.