|dr_hermes (dr_hermes) wrote in scans_daily,|
@ 2009-03-07 21:20:00
|Entry tags:||era: golden age|
Napoleon's free lunch and today's mystery photo
So much great stuff has faded into obscurity. NAPOLEON by Clifford McBride started in papers in 1929 (as UNCLE ELBY) and ran for more than twenty years. (The strip was reprinted for years in FAMOUS FUNNIES, often with a new illustration for the cover.) Napoleon never had a thought balloon or did anything a dog couldn't do. That was part of the strip's gentle charm. This page from 1935 is a good example of wordless storytelling. Well, trusting a dog (even a good dog) with a whole chicken strikes me as asking for disappointment. (As an aside, it seems far-fetched today, but not that long ago parents often sent preteens into stores with a few dollars to come back with a pack of cigarettes or a six-pack, and no one thought twice about it. Today the story would be on the 6:00 news and charges would be pressed.)
This respectable-looking old chap created a long-running and immensely popular strip that even heathens who don't like comics recognize.