Origins of the Sunday Comics by Peter Maresca

Origins of the Sunday Comics

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  1. Buzza Wuzza

    Buzza Wuzza said, about 1 year ago

    what a great drawing, the bit in the middle with everyone laughing at a guy being hit by a safe would have been enough but the rest of it just makes it crazier, seeing these pages is a real treat

  2. barticle35

    barticle35 said, about 1 year ago

    Well, I see they had the old Acme safe gag back then.

  3. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, about 1 year ago

    “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when YOU fall into a sewer and die”-Mel Brooks.

    It’s funny if it happens to someone else.

  4. Leslie Barks

    Leslie Barks said, about 1 year ago

    An early version of America’s Funniest Home Videos.

  5. trainman71350

    trainman71350 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Reminds me of the Saturday morning cartoons when I was young (50+ years ago). Think about it, the roadrunner and Wiley Coyote, Tom and Jerry, Looney Toons in general. Same idea, different media.

  6. ninjagozane13

    ninjagozane13 said, about 1 year ago

    O_O gee old comics are weird XD

  7. ninjagozane13

    ninjagozane13 said, about 1 year ago

    O_O notice the building in front of the dude getting smashed says burial company/funarals directed O_O

  8. Neo Stryder

    Neo Stryder said, about 1 year ago

    I agree humans laughts of the suffering and pain of others, why?

  9. WSR

    WSR said, about 1 year ago

    A lot of the old comics were like this—Bringing Up Father being a good example. Mad Magazine did a interesting—but dark—take on this strip; one minute average comic, next a step in real life to explain why violence isn’t funny. A good read if you can find it.

  10. phritzg

    phritzg GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @ninjagozane13

    Other signs appear to be: What is home without a wife? and: Wife dying, come home at once.

  11. common sanse

    common sanse said, about 1 year ago

    I only laugh when it is self inflicted, like Tru Channels Dumbest……… I never watch or laugh at pranks because they are cruel so easy and the person being pranked isn’t in on it, which of course is the point, but cruelty is not funny.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    For some people it is comedy if it happens to someone else. Tragedy if it happens to them. I’m not one of them.

  13. lohaces

    lohaces said, about 1 year ago

    I’m not sure of the “tragedy” of the panel at the 10 o’clock position. Multiple births? A man doing the “woman’s work” of pushing a stroller?

  14. Sunday Press

    Sunday Press GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @lohaces

    Yes, Iohaces, it does appear that the tragedy is a MAN having to care for six kids.

  15. smacdon

    smacdon said, about 1 year ago

    WSR you’re right, and (if memory serves) the strip was split between the “cartoon” parody version by Bill Elder and a “realistic” (very violent) parody version by Bernie Kriegstein (in Mad no. 17) available in reprint editions. Wicked stuff.

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