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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cartoons, foot fungus, ,   


    There’s only so much foot fungus a girl can take…” –Rivergirl

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    The above comment to my posted diatribe of 12/11/19 also expresses my sensibilities — but it might have you scratching your head if you haven’t been subjected to the foot fungus ads running amuck amongst my (and other bloggers’) posts. It’s as if some mad grafeeti artist is having a high old time desecrating the artistry of my literary opuses, and I won’t stand for it for one second (which is probably how long it will take for such an ad to appear below). Just in case, I’ve enlisted some “serious cartoons” to give it a run for its money:


    In any case, as a public service, if you happen to suffer from woes between your toes or de agony of de feet, and are considering responding to foot fungus ad-verts or -vice, out of the goodness of my heart I leave you with these cautionary tips (my favorite of which is to STOP PEEING ON YOUR FEET):

    4 Funny Fairytales Debunked About Foot Fungus Treatment

    • calmkate 12:18 am on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Geez MrM .. give you a foot and you’ll make it stink!
      Tea tree oil at least smells refreshing, keep your onions and pee …

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      • mistermuse 1:34 am on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Urine for a warm treat
        If you pee on your feet.

        Or so says my friend, Mr. Peters by name —
        But first take off your shoes, or it’s not the same.

        Liked by 3 people

        • calmkate 3:16 am on December 15, 2019 Permalink

          now I’m grossed out … you must be related to the bloke with fungus on his head …

          Liked by 1 person

        • mistermuse 10:16 am on December 15, 2019 Permalink

          Thanks, Kate.

          I don’t have a relative
          With fungus on his head
          But I do know a bloke
          With bugs in his bed.


    • obbverse 2:31 am on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Just add-mit your’e not being a fun gi. Yep, another sad old pun. However if they want to put ads on my site I can delude myself someone else is looking at it No point in itching about it?.

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      • mistermuse 10:29 am on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, o.b. You should follow and comment on Rivergirl’s blog. She absolutely adores my bad puns, and your comment here shows that you could pun-ish her posts equally pun-gently (but don’t tell her I sent you).


    • blindzanygirl 5:09 am on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply



      • mistermuse 10:33 am on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, my friend….and let me take this opportunity to highly recommend your heartfelt blog to my readers.


    • Garfield Hug 8:05 am on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Mr M…trust you to make foot fungus as a hilarious post!! 😀

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      • mistermuse 10:39 am on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, GH. Apparently my Like button to your comment (and other comments) also has a fungus because it doesn’t work when I click it. 😦


        • Garfield Hug 10:52 am on December 15, 2019 Permalink

          Ohhh nooo!! Out you darn fungus! I need thy ‘Like’ 🤣🤣🤣


    • Ashley 8:38 am on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thankfully you didn’t put your foot in your mouth! Ahhhhh!


    • Rivergirl 8:38 am on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Of all the quotes in all the world… you pick that one for inspiration. I’m not sure if I should be flattered… or horrified.


      • mistermuse 10:50 am on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Choice is good. In this case, I hope you’re flattered because….well, just because you’re you (if that doesn’t win me some brownie points, I don’t know what would).

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    • Elizabeth 5:58 pm on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t believe no one made a reference to the great song “A Fungus Among Us.” I began singing it as soon as I saw this post.https://youtu.be/gtjc5c9pt9Q

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      • mistermuse 7:59 pm on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Glad you provided the link to that song, Elizabeth — I love the rockabilly beat. I tried to find the origin of THERE’S A FUNGUS AMONG US — the song was recorded in 1958, but I think the saying goes back even further (Google was no help in that regard).

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        • Elizabeth 6:09 pm on December 16, 2019 Permalink

          My grandchildren don’t believe it was a real song. I will have to play it for them now that I have found it on line.


    • tubularsock 6:49 pm on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      mistermuse, Tubularsock’s sympathy goes out to you for your ad ad-nauseam. Tubularsock has the very same reaction and has thought about putting a large headline on every blog post that reads:


      However, Tubularsock has noticed that Tubularsock now doesn’t even notice them anymore.

      Tubularsock just reads past them.

      This is a bit scary because if Tubularsock can do this to ads hopefully Tubularsock can still notice a bus before crossing the street! We shall see………….or not!



      • mistermuse 8:19 pm on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I like your attitude, ts.

        I didn’t mind the ads when they appeared at the end of my posts, but lately they’ve been appearing between paragraphs as if they’re part of my posts. Apparently WordPress doesn’t believe in the integrity of a blogger’s work (as if the blogger doesn’t care if they mess with it) — whereas actually it’s WP who doesn’t give a damn, as long as they can make money out of it. .


    • magickmermaid 5:06 pm on December 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      “mad grafeeti” Priceless! 😀


    • Richard A Cahill 12:43 pm on December 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Never noticed foot fungi blooming between your words, Sr. Muse. But then I live in San Diego, where the climate makes it possible to go days at a time without wearing shoes and socks, the incubators of foot fungi, so maybe I’m not getting targeted.


      • mistermuse 4:10 pm on December 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Glad you’re being spared, Ricardo.
        It has occurred to me to put foot fungus competitors’ ads in future posts just for the fun-gus of it, but I doubt that WordPress would think it’s funny, and they’d probably sue me for alienation of affections or whatever tiny print clause in their account conditions I might be violating. Still, it’s very tempting….


  • mistermuse 10:00 am on April 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cartoons, dirty words, , , ,   


    Today being April Fools’ Day, and April being National Humor Month, I thought I’d write a funny post. The problem is that I’m having problems writing a funny post. Either the jokes I find are losers, or I don’t ‘get’ them (obviously, if I don’t get them, they can’t be funny), or they contain one or more of the seven words you can’t say on television (or mention on a family blog) — you remember, the 7 words comedian George Carlin warned us about back in the 70s:

    Of course, you would hear every one of those words if you watched the above clip, so I can’t use it.

    And then I thought about using this clip,


    So, I can’t use it.

    Finally, out of desperation, I thought I’d call my neighbors, the Funnies, but they were out of desperation too. However, they did let me borrow yesterday’s newspaper containing these cartoons:


    Now that, I can use.

    • Carmen 10:29 am on April 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Mister MUSE!! Such irreverent humour for April Fool’s Day!! Atta boy!! Big grin. . .. I haven’t heard that one by George Carlin for awhile and I was hooting!
      I’m so glad you’re watching those dingleberries. . . 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

      • mistermuse 11:09 am on April 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        That reminds me that after I called the Funnies, I should’ve called my neighbors on the other side, the Dingleberries. But it’s just as well I didn’t — after all, the Dingleberries ARE dingleberries, and I might have given their suggestions the raspberries.

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      • mistermuse 2:29 pm on April 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. As long as we’re being multi-dimensional, why settle for “Seeing three dimensions in two dimensions” when you can see three dimensions PLUS two dimensions:

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    • arekhill1 2:41 pm on April 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Easter, Sr. Muse. And April Fool’s Day. And National Humor Month. And Sexual Assault Awareness Month, proclaimed by the Sexual Assaulter-in-Chief.

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      • mistermuse 4:09 pm on April 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Not to mention the Golden Rule Assaulter-in-Chief and Intelligence Assaulter-in-Chief. But on Easter Sunday, we should dwell on good eggs, so enough about him and Happy Easter to you too, Ricardo.


    • Garfield Hug 9:18 am on April 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      🤣🤣🤣You did it!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Don Frankel 1:27 pm on April 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I think it is funny McGee. I actually saw George Carlin live once in Vegas, funny, very funny. When it comes to blue routines as they used to call them this guy is my favorite.

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      • mistermuse 3:27 pm on April 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        LMAO at that clip, Don.

        BTW, did you catch who that is in the B & W “Tain’t funny” clip? They’re Jim & Marian Jordan (better known as FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY, from the long-running — 1935-56 — radio show of the same name). They also made four movies (that two-second clip is undoubtedly from one of them).


    • Don Frankel 9:38 pm on April 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Muse, while I didn’t recognize them I was pretty sure they were from the radio show. I do remember that line.

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    • kutukamus 2:29 am on April 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The music of the Trump cartoon is good, and many thanks for the 7 no-no words! 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

      • mistermuse 10:17 am on April 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        That’s funny, I didn’t hear any music with the Trump cartoons — then I turned the sound on 🙂 and I still didn’t hear any….not even songbirds tweeting like crazy, like Trump. But there SHOULD be music — music with lyrics using the 7 no-no words which are probably coming from the bedroom Trump can’t enter.

        P.S. Thanks for the thanks.

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        • kutukamus 5:53 pm on April 10, 2018 Permalink

          Just checked. Strange. The music is still there (when I play the “Varvel: Drawing Trump non-disclosures” cartoon), a fun contrast to the character depicted. Then again, a version with Carlin’s 7 no-nos from behind the door sounds all the more exciting 🙂

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  • mistermuse 12:02 am on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aesop's Fables, , Betty Boop, cartoons, compromise, , drunk with power, Hitler, , , megalomania, , , , ,   

    THE FLOCKS AND THE CROW, a play on Aesop’s fable THE FOX AND THE CROW 

    crow, v. To exult, esp. over another’s misfortune; to boast exultantly. –Webster’s New College Dictionary

    You have no doubt heard many devotees of Donald Trump defend their support for America’s Crowmmander-In-Chief because “he says what he thinks” — as if such a character trait trumps all else as a Presidential prerequisite. Trust me: by that standard, a few of my in-laws are characters of sufficient grandiosity and shortness of breadth to be Prez. I declare, even Adolph Hitler (had he been born/raised here) might have ridden megalomania and bombastic B.S. to the White House. If drunk with power, no less a windbag than yours truly might rise to the occasion — Lord nose it’snot unthinkable.

    My problem, however, is that I’m apt to think and think again before I crow what I think to my flock (otherwise, the by-line on my posts may as well be “by misterspews” instead of “by mistermuse“). Some might call this tendency over-thinking. Some might assert that was President Obama’s hangup. If so, then this guy certainly couldn’t cut it as President:

    The Thinker by Rodin

    The Thinker by Rodin

    Well, then, shouldn’t we be seeking the fabled middle ground between extremes: under-thinking and over-thinking? But that smacks of compromise, and we certainly can’t have that.

    What to do, what to do. Surely there must be a way to get ALL of what we want, if we’re foxy enough:

    Any questions?

    Any doubts?

    Any rags?

    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 1:04 am on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Well, we can’t exactly call the Trumpet a flatterer – but he certainly intends on grabbing as much “cheese” by other means as possible, rags and riches both. Your point, no doubt.
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
      ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
      “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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    • Mél@nie 8:47 am on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      ah, le penseur de Rodin… I did touch it in Paris where we lived for several years… MERCI, Monsieur Muse! 🙂

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      pleasant coincidence: I’ve seen your comment about Prévert, born on Feb 4th, like ‘mon cher et tendre'(beloved hubby…), just after I edited his famous poem “les enfants qui s’aiment” @ my facebook page: Mélanie Bedos-Nicolas… 🙂

      Les enfants qui s’aiment… – Jacques Prévert

      Les enfants qui s’aiment s’embrassent debout
      Contre les portes de la nuit
      Et les passants qui passent les désignent du doigt
      Mais les enfants qui s’aiment
      Ne sont là pour personne
      Et c’est seulement leur ombre
      Qui tremble dans la nuit
      Excitant la rage des passants
      Leur rage leur mépris leurs rires et leur envie
      Les enfants qui s’aiment ne sont là pour personne
      Ils sont ailleurs bien plus loin que la nuit
      Bien plus haut que le jour
      Dans l’éblouissante clarté de leur premier amour…

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    • mistermuse 11:54 am on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      To me, the poem “Children who love each other” reflects in the last line (“In the dazzling clarity of their first love…”) what time inevitably does to young idealism, and we see the world with the sobering clarity of maturity. Until we achieve some semblance of a combination of the best of both worlds, “the substance of things hoped for” will remain more hope than substance, it seems to me.

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    • arekhill1 2:18 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      From what I read, Trump only trusts flatterers, Sr. Muse. Anyone with a history of criticizing him is ineligible to serve him. It’s why there are jobs going begging in DC, but I doubt they’ll be offered to you or me.

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    • mistermuse 5:35 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      In that regard, The Donald has much in common with North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-Un, except that Trump doesn’t ‘eliminate’ those who don’t flatter him — he only insults and bullies them (thus bringing new meaning to the term BULLY PULPIT).


    • D. Wallace Peach 9:09 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Over-thinking seemed to have served us well. And things actually got done despite the intense obstructionism. Thanks for the humor, as always. 🙂 Makes the painful crowing a little more tolerable.

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    • BroadBlogs 9:41 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      He says what he thinks. But what he thinks is whack-o.

      Liked by 1 person

    • mistermuse 10:12 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      When the Presidency does a complete 360, from CLASS act (Obama) to ASS act (Trump), humor sometimes seems to be about the only light left in the darkness. Unfortunately, the blind remain blind in even the strongest light, and even if humorists were Miracle Workers, Trump is no Helen Keller.


  • mistermuse 1:16 pm on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cartoons, , , ,   


    When I was growing up, my favorite Disney cartoon character was Donald Duck (known south of the border as Donaldo El Ducko). South of what border, you ask? It’s a borderline call. Anyway, back then, if you played word association and said “Donald,” chances are you’d get “Duck” in response. Today, if you said “Donald,” you’d probably get “Trump” in response (known without borders as Donaldo El Ego).

    Good, old, irascible Donald Duck. None of that Mickey Mouse stuff for him. Donald has an attitude. He also has a “birthday” today. Quoting Wikipedia: Donald Duck first appeared in the 1934 cartoon The Wise Little Hen which was part of the Silly Symphonies series of theatrical cartoon shorts. The film’s release date of June 9 is officially recognized by the Walt Disney Company as Donald’s birthday.

    To celebrate, here’s a 1949 cartoon marking Donald’s 15th birthday. I don’t know that it stands the test of time as well as some other animated cartoons of the period, perhaps partly due to it not being one of his best. In any event, it’s the most appropriate one for the occasion. Happy Birthday, Donald(o) (El) Duck(o)!

    • BroadBlogs 2:17 pm on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Mom says I had a Donald Duck accent as a toddler. Which is to say, she couldn’t understand anything I said.

      Happy birthday Donald Duck!

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    • mistermuse 3:42 pm on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Love that Donald Duck voice! It’s probably the most memorable of any cartoon character not voiced by Mel Blanc (the Man of a 1000 Voices, including Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam and 998 others).


    • Don Frankel 4:21 pm on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Wait a second if you say Donald people say Trump? You mean they don’t say…. Mattingly?

      You know when you haven’t watched these in awhile it’s amazing to see the quality of the artwork. Even with modern day computers they can’t match it.

      Happy Birthday Donald Duck!


    • mistermuse 5:18 pm on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Or Frankel would be even better, Don.

      As for the artwork, one could say Disney could afford the best, but he wasn’t the only one producing great animated cartoons in those days.


    • arekhill1 6:48 pm on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m pretty sure Mattingly was (is) a Don, not a Donald.


    • mistermuse 10:07 pm on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Same with Mafia Don, though I’m not sure which one had the most hits.


    • Joseph Nebus 10:15 pm on June 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      As a kid I wanted to like Donald Duck, but I ended up shying away because I could see when he lost his temper he was just digging a deeper hole for himself and I couldn’t bear it.

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    • mistermuse 11:54 pm on June 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Wile E Coyote always dug a hole for himself too, but though you knew it was coming, that was the fun of it..


  • mistermuse 2:17 pm on May 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Al Capp, Beetle Bailey, cartoons, , Doonesbury, Dr. Seuss, Flash Gordon, , , L'il Abner, Milton Caniff, Peanuts, Pogo, Terry and the Pirates, The Phantom, Wizard of Id   


    Although I didn’t realize it at the start, the 1933 magazine article on which I based my previous 3-part series (FUNNY ON PAPER) was the midpoint between the beginnings of the American comic strip in the early 1890s, and the end (mid 1970s) of the period covered by THE SMITHSONIAN COLLECTION OF NEWSPAPER COMICS. This post will summarize the second half of that period and conclude this Smithsonian-based series.

    1934 saw the debut of three of the most successful strips in history: Al Capp’s L”il Abner, Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon and Milton Caniff’s Terry and the Pirates.

    1935 is notable if for no other reason than the brief run (in the Hearst chain’s Sunday funnies section) of a comic fantasy strip titled Hejji by Dr. Seuss, Theodor Geisel. Seuss had previously done magazine cartoons and advertising drawings, and later, of course, became famous for his children’s books (Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Hoo, etc.).

    1936 marks the debut of The Phantom, the first newspaper strip to introduce a secret-identity,  masked crime-fighter to a wide audience; according to comic strip historian Maurice Horn, it’s “the granddaddy of all costumed superheroes” (Superman debuted in 1938 in Action Comics, Batman in 1939 in Detective Comics).

    In 1937, Al Capp started a second strip called Abbie ‘n’ Slats, and though it ran until 1971, it never attained the wide popularity of L’il Abner. To me, the year holds more trivia interest for a Jan. 17, 1937 comics page I own of THE SUNDAY OREGONIAN. On one side, beneath Dick Tracy and Winnie Winkle, is an advertisement strip for Super Suds titled DISHPAN HANDS HAUNTED HER in big red letters. Below the first panel, which depicts “Alice” wiping her brow over a dishpan full of dirty dishes, it states “IT WASN’T ONLY THAT DISHWASHING WAS TEDIOUS AND TIRESOME —  BUT EVEN BOB HAD NOTICED HOW RED AND ROUGH IT MADE ALICE’S HANDS. THEN…”  The next two panels have a woman telling Alice how she uses SUPER SUDS, and it saves hands, leaves no soap film and “washes so clean that you can just rinse and let dishes drain dry without wiping.” The next panel, “6 weeks later,” has Alice telling hubby Bob, “This big red box of SUPER SUDS costs only 10 cents, and look how much cleaner and brighter my dishes are!” To which Bob replies, “Since you’ve been using SUPER SUDS, your hands are as soft and white as the day we were married!” You gotta love it!

    For the next strip of more than passing interest, we skip to 1948 and Walt Kelly’s Pogo, which began as a minor character in Animal Classics in 1943 before moving to newspaper format in the New York Star. Quoting Smithsonian, “In Pogo, humanized animals daily dramatized the idiosyncrasies of their human counterparts. The political spoofs for which the strip probably became best known in the mid-1950s had actually been implicit somewhat earlier.”

    1950 drafted into service Beetle Bailey, the first of the strip successes of Mort Walker, and introduced Peanuts, the super-successful strip which creator Charles Schulz originally wanted to call L’il Folks. On a personal note, this is my oldest daughter’s favorite; she is a collector of all things Peanuts.

    The 1960s ushered in, among others, The Wizard of Id (1964), and Doonesbury in Yale publications in 1968-69 before moving into national newspaper syndication in late 1970.





    • arekhill1 2:23 pm on May 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I go Pogo!


    • mistermuse 3:39 pm on May 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’d ask my daughter if she pees Peanuts, but I’m not going to go there.


    • Don Frankel 6:30 am on May 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Two of my favorites were Dick Tracy and The Phantom. Both were made into movies that ironically left a lot to be desired. Maybe the comic strip was the better medium.


    • mistermuse 7:20 am on May 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      My favorite of the above strips was The Wizard of Id. I say “was” because it no longer appears in the local paper, though it’s still being published (to the best of my knowledge).


  • mistermuse 10:01 am on May 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Boob McNutt, Buck Rogers, cartoons, , , , , Joe Palooka, , Krazy Kat, Little Orphan Annie, Mickey Mouse, , , , , ,   


    Comic strip

     The first two installments in this series were devoted primarily to statistics/the funnies’ business side (Part One) and profiles of two “colorful characters” (Part Two) of the 1933 comic strip world, based on a 1933 magazine article. Part Three will wrap up this article by asking you to imagine you’ve just awakened to find that you’re becoming a 1933 cartoon character, and you need to find out fast who your comics cohorts are, and what they’re up to.

    So you’re looking to be filled in, but drawing a blank.
    You wonder, “Am I still dreaming? Is this a prank?”
    Relax, my good man/gal, you have nothing to fear —
    You are among friends, as you can see here:






    Alas, the 1933 magazine article assumes that its readers know all about these characters, and so we will have to turn elsewhere to find out what they’re up to. As it happens, your faithful correspondent owns exactly the elsewhere to turn to: a book titled THE SMITHSONIAN COLLECTION OF NEWSPAPER COMICS. That’s next.


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