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Mystery Illustration 41

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What famous film comedian is this drawing supposed to represent?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 18, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Movies, Comics, 1950s, Comedians

Fred and Barney Meet the Thing





A mashup no one ever asked for.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 07, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Television, Comics, Cartoons, 1970s

Death by Space Helmet

Another example of the danger of reading comic books. From July 1954:

a man suffocated by a plastic raincoat round his head was trying to copy a space-helmet he saw illustrated in a "comic." He appeared to be trying to imagine the sensation of travelling through space.

See here for a previous example.

The Guardian - July 27, 1954



Perhaps the space helmet that inspired him looked something like this:

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 25, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Comics, Headgear, 1950s

St. Pancake Day

The Dutch cartoonist Jan Kruis, recently deceased, was responsible for proclaiming November 29th of every year to be the "Sint Pannekoek-feest," and getting the whole country to play along. The main tradition is to wear a pancake on your head.



Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 21, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Eccentrics, Food, Comics, Performance Art, Foreign Customs, 1980s, Europe

Bensen Gyrocopters



Aren't drones a little wimpy, when you could be flying your own Bensen Gyrocopter?

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Original ad here.

Heck, even Batman had one!

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Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 23, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Hobbies and DIY, Comics, Air Travel and Airlines, 1960s

We’re Back!?!

Fellow WU-vies--it appears that thanks to the help-line persistence and technical prowess of Alex, we are now able to make new posts from scratch. The ones you saw this weekend--when the site wasn't down--were old ones from the queue which the glitchy software somehow still allowed us to bring live.

In any case, here's to at least another eight years of smooth operation. For your patience, a bonus re-jiggered cartoon of the kind I post regularly on my Facebook page.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 01, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Weird Universe, Alex, Comics

Follies of the Madmen #287

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Click to enlarge.

Original images here. (Pages 10 & 11.)

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 05, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Comics, 1950s

Hannah, the Comicstrip

I stumbled on this forgotten strip while browsing through old newspapers online. Apparently it was a weekly feature. Its boneheaded surreal literalism is right up there with Bushmiller's Nancy and Soglow's The Little King.

Not much to be learned about its creator, Courtney Dunkel, beyond what you can read at the link.

Here is a good blog post about one of Dunkel's other strips.

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Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 24, 2016 - Comments (0)
Category: Forgotten Figures and Where Are They Now?, Comics, 1940s

Our American Crossroads



The weird part of this documentary is the puppet diorama and its turntables. A strange form of presentation.

Of course, this documentary also represents about the first two-thirds of the famous poster by Robert Crumb.


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Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 10, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Futurism, Comics, Documentaries, 1960s, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Dagwood Splits the Atom

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I would not trust goofball slacker Dagwood Bumstead to split any atoms for me. But in 1948 the authorities obviously thought he was an identifiable role model for their science popularization.

I would like to see this updated for this week's news: DAGWOOD DISCOVERS GRAVITY WAVES.

See several more pages of this comic here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 13, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: PSA's, Comics, Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Wimps, Milquetoasts and Cowards, 1940s

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