The Day Of The Locust
Homer Simpson, Tod Hackett
Known as one of the first satires and social commentaries on the creation of Hollywood, the shaper of the American imagination on film. Homer Simpson is the name of one of the sometimes comical, sometimes sad, main characters. Sound familiar?
Around quitting time, Tod Hackett heard a great din on the road outside his office. The groan of leather mingled with the jangle of iron and over all beat the tattoo of a thousand hooves. He hurried to the window.
He began to imitate the siren as loud as he could.
This is where the cartoon character of the same name was born. But I don think he originated here. My theory is that West shaped him out of a character in Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg Ohio; read the chapter on Hands. That character was the truly original Homer Simpson. All American.