Thomas Moore[1] believes "Skippy" alludes to the Percy Crosby cartoon strip Skippy, of 1920s-1945 vintage:
"Skippy, like Orphan Annie, led a schlemihl's life, always threatened by evil forces of change, which meant, for the politically reactionary Crosby, Rooseveltian changes in the direction of liberalism, urbanism, and the homogenized Global Village." (p.170n.)

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  1. Moore, Thomas, The Style of Connectedness: Gravity's Rainbow and Thomas Pynchon, University of Missouri Press, 1987

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