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

    FUNNY ON PAPER (PART THREE) 

    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:

    MUTT & JEFF
    BARNEY GOOGLE
    DICK TRACY
    HAIRBREADTH HARRY
    LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE

    BOOB McNUTT
    THE GUMPS
    MOON MULLINS
    GASOLINE ALLEY
    WINNIE WINKLE

    TARZAN
    POLLY & HER PALS
    KATZENJAMMER KIDS
    KRAZY KAT
    SKIPPY
    BLONDIE

    TOONERVILLE FOLKS
    THE BUNGLE FAMILY
    POPEYE
    MAJOR HOOPLE (OUR BOARDING HOUSE)
    MICKEY MOUSE

    COUNT SCREWLOOSE
    BUNKY
    BUCK ROGERS
    MAGGIE & JIGGS (BRINGING UP FATHER)
    JOE PALOOKA

    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.

     

     
  • mistermuse 12:00 am on March 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cartesian philosophy, , , March 31, philosophical humor, philosophical thinkers, , psychiatrist, , Tarzan   

    PHILOSOPHY A LA CARTE 

    I think, therefore I am.  –Rene Descartes

    Monsieur Descartes, famed French philosopher, was born on March 31 and is considered to be the father of modern philosophy. Coincidentally, mistermuse was not born on this day and is considered to be the fodder of modern poetry. It is only fitting, therefore, to celebrate the day with appropriate Cartesian poems:

    DESCARTES EPITAPH (1596-1650)

    I thought,
    therefore
    I was.

    PHILOSOPHICAL SKUNK

    I stink,
    therefore
    I am.

    PHILOSOPHICAL APE MAN

    I Tarzan,
    therefore
    you Jane.

    PHILOSOPHICAL PSYCHIATRIST

    I shrink,
    therefore
    I think.

    PHILOSOPHICAL JAZZ MAN

    I think,
    therefore
    I jam.

    PHILOSOPHICAL ABSENT-MINDED TRAVELER

    I think I am
    there — for
    what, I know not.

    PHILOSOPHICAL SHEEP

    I think like ewe,
    therefore
    I lamb.

    PHILOSOPHICAL MUSE

    I think,
    therefore
    Why am I?

     

     

     
    • Don Frankel 6:26 am on March 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      “I am what I am.” or “I yam what I yam.” Popeye the Sailor.

      Muse, every once in a while we all get off classics, in that something is quintessential to our styles and this is one of yours.

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    • mistermuse 8:28 am on March 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I love Popeye —
      Olive Oyl too —
      I even love spinach.
      I think that will do.

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    • D R (Donnie) Hosie 2:16 pm on November 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Allow me to put forward one – that particularly suggests itself:
      I think, therefore I muse.

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      • mistermuse 3:41 pm on November 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Speaking of which, after taking another look at the PHILOSOPHICAL PSYCHIATRIST poem above, I think maybe I should have reversed the order:

        I shrink,
        therefore
        I think.

        ….which leads me to think I think, therefore I muse too much.
        Or maybe it should be I muse, therefore I think too much.

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