archy was a cockroach with the soul of a poet he fancied himself a writer so he would jump up and down on the keys of a typewriter owned by newspaper columnist don marquis however due to archys small size he could not handle capitals or punctuation his best friend was a cat named mehitabel who was cleopatra in a past life

i always liked archy and read all his stuff when i was a kid part of his appeal was the fanciful imagery of a cockroach jumping all over a typewriter and holding deep conversations with an alley cat and part of it was the high quality of the writing and of course a cockroach can get away with saying a lot of things that would get a human in trouble