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August 27, 2010 9:57 AM   Subscribe

"A Collection of the Best Marriage Cartoons by the Foremost Comic Artists" from 1955. Part Two. The good old days, when you could beat your husband and bash your wife. Selected for the web by a 2010 cartoonist who's better than that.
posted by oneswellfoop (20 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
I find many of these funny.

Is that so wrong?

Also: is this cartoon "better than that"?
posted by chavenet at 10:05 AM on August 27, 2010 [2 favorites]




In other news, I finally just realized the the Lockhorn's name itself was a joke. That only took a couple of decades.
posted by sourwookie at 10:43 AM on August 27, 2010 [6 favorites]


Can somebody please tell me why this is meant to be funny? I've been staring at it for some time now but I can't work it out.
posted by eykal at 10:55 AM on August 27, 2010


Hey, they're all pretty funny, except when they're not. Like all cartoons. It's a great medium. Enjoy it.
posted by Faze at 10:57 AM on August 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


Can somebody please tell me why this is meant to be funny? I've been staring at it for some time now but I can't work it out.

He dropped off the pitcher of beverage because he knows she'll be there for a while... on the phone.
posted by grubi at 10:58 AM on August 27, 2010 [4 favorites]


Has there ever been such a thing as a "Complaint Window" in the real world?
posted by The World Famous at 11:06 AM on August 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


Can somebody please tell me why this is meant to be funny?

His little joke is the fact that his legs bend at alarming, unnatural angles.
posted by Greg Nog at 11:40 AM on August 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


Can somebody please tell me why this is meant to be funny?

I thought that it was that the ice cubes weren't floating.

(I didn't get it either.)
posted by Man with Lantern at 12:12 PM on August 27, 2010


Can somebody please tell me why this is meant to be funny?

You haven't been married long enough....
posted by chavenet at 1:27 PM on August 27, 2010


chavenet: "You haven't been married long enough..."

Yeah, sorry you managed to find a long-term loving relationship that's worked for you and has worked for some time. That must really suck.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 1:55 PM on August 27, 2010


My one conession to the genre
posted by The Whelk at 3:47 PM on August 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


chavenet: "You haven't been married long enough..."

I've been married twenty-one years and still don't get it. How much longer do you think it will take me? I'm going to bookmark it somewhere really safe, or maybe put it in a time capsule so I can revisit it in 2040.
posted by Michael Roberts at 7:42 PM on August 27, 2010 [2 favorites]


I recognized some of the art from my dad's Sex to Sexty collections, and lo and behold, the first comment noted the fact too.

The Sex to Sexty cartoons had a lot more titties in them, though.
posted by Jimmy Havok at 11:03 PM on August 27, 2010


Can somebody please tell me why this is meant to be funny?

It's a glass and a pitcher of water, like you'd put out for someone about to make a long speech. Get it? Women talk a lot on the phone!

The only joke book I own is Fun Fare: A Treasury of Reader's Digest Wit and Humor (1949). Just about every joke in it is dated one way or another.
Two thoroughly inebriated men were driving like mad in an automobile. "Shay," one fumbled his words, "be sure to turn out for that bridge that's coming down the road toward us."

"What do you mean, me turn out? the other retorted. "I thought you were drivin'."
Being drunk is funny. Driving drunk is funny. Being blind drunk and driving like mad is funny. And it specifies that they were driving in an automobile, just in case you figured they were whipping along in a buggy behind a couple of horses. And drivers turn out (rather than simply turn) for something?
A woman trying to maneuver her sedan out of a parking space banged into the car ahead, then into the car behind and finally, pulling into the street, struck a passing delivery truck. A policeman who had been watching approached her. "Let's see your license," he demanded.

"Don't be silly, officer," she said. "Who'd give me a license?"
Women can't drive. Women drivers are goofy. Women don't quite get the law. Police officers are men. You can call a police officer silly without getting dragged out of the car and tased. No concern for the physical condition of the people involved, because car accidents are wacky.
Upon his arrival at the office, a Los Angeles businessman learned that he must catch a noon train to Fresno. His wife had friends there and he knew that she would want to accompany him. To find her was the problem, since she had gone shopping and didn't expect to be home before evening.

Then he remembered that she had charge accounts at several department stores. He dialed the merchants' credit association and requested that they have all retail members suspend his wife's accounts immediately. In less than an hour his wife was phoning him in teears. He squared things by telling her to pack her bags and meet him at the station.
He has a job; she has none. She spends her days shopping with his money. When she is out of the house, there's no way to communicate with her. When he is away from the office, they don't call him to tell him anything important. She has separate "charge accounts" at department stores that he can simply suspend with a phone call. If she can't shop, she will cry and call him for help instead of calling the credit association or bank or whatever. And he can "square it" with her by taking her on a fucking train trip to Fresno.

Little man, I've had a busy day.
posted by pracowity at 12:16 AM on August 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Can somebody please tell me why this is meant to be funny? I've been staring at it for some time now but I can't work it out.

On the off chance I'm completely missing the sarcasm in the other answers, the pun is "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade". Quite funny, I thought.
posted by lioness at 6:20 AM on August 28, 2010


Ha! Where do you get lemons and lemonade out of that picture? I see a pitcher of clear liquid in which cubes appear to be floating. Looks like a pitcher of ice water, a big pitcher, enough to last someone a long time and traditionally the thing supplied to a public speaker who will be going on at some length. That's not the joke?
posted by pracowity at 11:47 AM on August 28, 2010


Heh, pracowity, you're right. What was so obvious to me before, is now indeed not. I made the assumption pitcher+ice=lemonade* and my brain automatically provided the proverb. It's a lot less funny now, though.

*My European brain is (obviously) familiar with the American citrus fruit lemonade, but understands lemonade primarily as soft drink or fizzy drink without lemon slices.
posted by lioness at 9:29 AM on August 29, 2010


I explained it days ago, and PEOPLE STILL DON'T GET IT?

WTF MEFI
posted by grubi at 6:13 AM on August 30, 2010


The only joke book I own is Fun Fare: A Treasury of Reader's Digest Wit and Humor (1949). Just about every joke in it is dated one way or another.

I found something like this at a flea market as a teen back in the 80s. I might still have it somewhere and I'm pretty sure it was from at least 10 years before 1949. It was *hardcover* with a pretty nice binding. And yeah, it was all completely dated. And for some reason there will tons of jokes involving wife swapping. They weren't dirty, it was just dropped in there for no reason. Maybe as a device to allow comparison of wives in a context other than playing bridge?
posted by DU at 6:18 AM on August 30, 2010


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