this horse has been flogged long enough!
OMG, what a dope. the comic strip ran from 1934 to 1977. Twenty-five. still kinda young, though.
OMG: Al Capp was born in 1909. He was eleven when he did this. Eleven.
Al Capp’s self-image? precociously accomplished, if true.
i wish they would raise their voices. they all mumble, and i have trouble hearing them.
some clever wordplay; actually, lots of it.
i just got, at least a part of it, and it is really quite clever. Look carefully at panels 1 and 12, and you will see they are mirror images of each other. All the other panels are paired in this way, with 2 and 11 twinned, 3 and 10, etc. The multi-faceted nature of the work is clever, as i say, and will let others figure out if it is more than that.
an appropriate comic for this day and age: i don’t have a clue what is going on. is this whimsically funny? a tragic betrayal? a fantasy land, ala Alice? or, as Firesign Theatre once said, “who am us, anyway?”
the same guy won’t wear a mask in 2020.