Monday, November 06, 2006
Those were the days!
Recently, with the lack of finding new and interesting comics and books to buy and read at the local comic shop (good god folks, enough with all the superhero titles already!!!) I've been either buying or digging into my collections of classic comic strip reprints. The new collections of Peanuts, Dick Tracy and Walt & Skeezix are great! But I also have collections I've bought from the 80's & 90's which includes L'il Abner, Wash Tubbs & Captain Easy and the one I'm currently reading, Milton Caniff's Steve Canyon.
The volume I'm reading now reprints strips from 1948. That's 1948 folks, nearly 60 years ago. Last night I came across this particular Sunday strip (reprinted in Black & White for this collection) and features a monologue with the character Fancy.
In the first panel (see above) she's lounging about in lingere. In panel two we see a nice, behind shot as she prepares to disrobe:
And in panel three she's taking a bath:
The drawings and inks look great, of course. This was Caniff at the height of his career. Are they titillating? Sure, but that's in the character's (Fancy) nature. Remember, this was in the Sunday paper, from big city to small town USA. And you know what? No one was traumatized. Children's minds weren't warped. The country didn't collapse.
Now, try to do something like this, in George W.'s USA??? Good god they'd string you up. (or maybe water board you)
Ah, those really were "Happy Days".