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  1. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Nancy about 13 hours ago

    I’ve occasionally had to review theater, either for a specialized outlet (like being the nearest member of the Int’l Wizard of Oz Club to a production of “The Wizard of Oz”) or because I happen to be a world-class expert on the play or the author (as Walter Brennan used to say on “The Guns of Will Sonnett”, “No brag, just fact.”), and the entire experience gives me the heebie-jeebies even when it’s good. It makes me feel like a sniper.

  2. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on The Cardinal about 13 hours ago

    The first three are easy, but I don’t get the fourth.

  3. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Andy Capp 2 days ago

    Most civilians, especially Americans, think the word “parade” only means marching down the street with a band, but in actual military life it means all sorts of things involving troops gathering together.

  4. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Nancy 4 days ago

    The Shari Lewis Show began on NBC the week after the last Howdy Doody aired, so they were never opposite each other. However, she had already done a number of local shows before that, so I suppose one of them might have run opposite Howdy Doody in some markets, on either Saturday or weekdays.

    For a while in the early 50s, Howdy Doody and Milton Berle were the only shows on television actually making a profit.

    Bob Smith did a lot of shows at colleges, etc., after the show went off the air, and in the 70s there was an actual syndicated revival. But the entire budget was about $500 per episode, and it showed.

    I actually made it to the Peanut Gallery in 1955. That was unusual for a kid from Maine, but my grandmother was the receptionist at the New York office of the Motion Picture Association, so she knew almost everybody in East Coast show business.

  5. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Skippy 11 days ago

    No doubt that it’s Thomas Heflin, but the strip is specifically referring to the fact that Heflin, a life-long Democrat (before 1964, it was the Democrats who were the racist party, though they were the liberals on most other points) decided to bat for the Republicans rather than support Al Smith for President in 1928, because Smith was a Roman Catholic. (The KKK in the 1920s basically hated everybody but WASPs.)

  6. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Ripley's Believe It or Not 17 days ago

    Yes, carrot roots in that era were purple. But it doesn’t matter, really, because they were raised for the greens, anyway.

  7. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Origins of the Sunday Comics 18 days ago

    Now that I see it in full color, it looks like 3-color CMY, not the 4-color CMYK that became the usual standard.

  8. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn 20 days ago

    My wife and I caught all the extant old “Who” back in the 80s, when NJ Public Television (which no longer exists) was the capital of US Whovianism, saw the 90s movie, and watched the new series from the beginning. I agree that Clara is the greatest blend of ingenue and epic heroine ever, and I love her to pieces. Come to think of it, she could be Phoebe, if Phoebe were English and in her 20s.

  9. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Origins of the Sunday Comics 20 days ago

    It’s obviously some kind of CMYK format that broke off part-way through the M layer—an intermediate stage, obviously, since the files here (or anyplace else on-line) don’t have the layers separated in this way.

  10. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Origins of the Sunday Comics 21 days ago

    It’s closer to the Kin-der-Kids from 1907. But indeed, in the years following the publishing of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” in 1899, and the huge success of the Broadway version (1902) this sort of story was common in books, comics, and Broadway shows, and trips to the bottom of the sea and into outer space often formed a part.