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  1. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Ripley's Believe It or Not about 11 hours ago

    Nah—in Wesley’s day, the Church of England needed a good kick in the pants. Check out Mr. Collins in “Pride and Prejudice” for a good example of the kind of “Christianity” the Wesley brothers were fighting against.

    I remember that cheese; it filled the entire semitrailer of a custom-built refrigerated glass 18-wheeler.

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

    Even in 1955, I doubt Sluggo would have appreciated being called “Queen for a Day”.

  3. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Origins of the Sunday Comics 4 days ago

    mwbarr—these strips were originally drawn to fill a full broadsheet newspaper page, and the lettering was plenty large.

  4. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Ripley's Believe It or Not 13 days ago

    And the Pig War, between the United States and Vancouver (later, British Columbia), over the San Juan Islands east of Vancouver Island. In this case, only the pig was a casualty, even though the war technically ran from 1859 to 1872.

  5. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Skippy 16 days ago

    And it’s OK with Safari for me. That’s for Macs, of course, but Safari and Chrome are based on the same basic browser engine called “Webkit”, so Chrome will probably work, too, just like Firefox.

  6. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Ripley's Believe It or Not 22 days ago

    The Canadian ban is for a double reason. I., they can cause various accidents. II., babies that use them actually take longer to learn to walk. So it’s all downside and no upside.

  7. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Origins of the Sunday Comics 28 days ago

    Fairly common to see tusks like that in old images. I suppose the ends were removed either for safety or in the aftermath of injuries. Another common old image shows brass balls placed over the ends.

    Interesting to see here, as well as in “The Katzenjammer Kids”, the English word “loafer” being used as a generic insult by a German-accented character. From the other characters’ viewpoints, Happy Hooligan may /be/ a “loafer”, but he is not actually loafing in this story. If anything, he’s being a well-intended busybody.

  8. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Little Nemo 30 days ago

    Yes and no. The Coca-Cola image nailed down the details, but here’s one from thirty years earlier: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Santa1902PuckCover.jpg

  9. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Alley Oop about 1 month ago

    This is an old comic-strip tradition, not at all unique to “Alley Oop”. Some people only read the strip on Sunday, and some read only the dailies, and both sets of readers have to be accommodated, along with those who read every day. With a gag-a-day strip, it’s easy, but for an adventure strip, either the Sunday is a recap of the rest of the week, or the dailies and the Sundays have to follow completely different stories. (“Alley Oop” did this until just a few years ago, in fact.) In some old titles, the Sundays are practically a different strip. “Gasoline Alley” has always had a continuing story in the dailies and unrelated material on Sundays. In “Buz Sawyer”, an adventure strip about a two-fisted pilot, Sunday starred Roscoe Sweeney, the hero’s WW2 gunner, and was all about his postwar experiences as a farmer; after the war, the two met only rarely. In “Brick Bradford”, the hero had a time machine—but only on Sundays; the rest of the week, he was an Indiana Jones type.

  10. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Wizard of Id about 1 month ago

    The cold never bothered her, anyway.