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Barnacle Press :: Amazing Archive of Vintage Comic Strips
posted by anastasiav (18 comments total)
Part of this site was discussed on Metafilter in August of this year, but that post focused on a single strip -- The Outbursts of Everett True, without touching on the rest of the site.
posted by anastasiav at 10:19 AM on October 21, 2005

Wow. Fantastic post. Thanks!
posted by soyjoy at 10:40 AM on October 21, 2005

This is great. I looked at the Outbursts with that last post, but had no idea the rest was here. Some of the stuff is just fun and innocent, some, like Terry and the Pirates would be a lot cooler if it weren't so stereotypically racist.

This is an excellent post. Thanks.
posted by OmieWise at 10:42 AM on October 21, 2005

Omie, I know what you mean. I have a great Terry and the Pirates collection at home that I wont share with my five year old because of the sub-human depiction of the Chinese, esp. the doofus Connie. It's difficult to reconcile; Caniff is an amazing comics artist, and the adventures are a blast.

I suppose with older media, there's just some shit you have to put up with:

Finally, racism is on display in many Gilded-Age cartoons and comics (and on up to WWII). If black people are being portrayed, it is rarely in a positive way. Even when non-white races are portrayed sympathetically, it's in a degrading and stereotypical fashion. But I reckon as how there's more to be gained by seeing a fuller picture of the era, unbowdlerized or retro-sanitized.

I suppose I'm a hypocryte for not finding offence with Flyin' Jenny's lovely legs...
posted by Scoo at 11:01 AM on October 21, 2005

There was a Woody Allen comic strip? Who knew?
posted by octothorpe at 11:49 AM on October 21, 2005

octothorpe, I do dimly remember seeing this strip in some paper in the 70s, maybe our local one in Cincinnati. It's dim enough that a few years back the memory recurred and I couldn't tell if I was just imagining there had been such a strip. Good to have that confirmed as real.

And among the minor revelations in this treasure trove, the single panel of They'll Do It Every Time, even though it doesn't contain the phrase "Tip of the Hat to," made me finally realize that longtime tagline was a play on the author's name, Jimmy Hatlo. Duh!
posted by soyjoy at 12:32 PM on October 21, 2005

Treasure trove. Is anybody doing this yet with British comics — Dandy, Beano, Eagle, etc?
posted by MinPin at 12:36 PM on October 21, 2005

God please say yes. I would love an old archive of Bash Street Kids, Dennis The Menace (the REAL Dennis, not the American brat), etc.
posted by jonson at 12:53 PM on October 21, 2005

Wow, that's fascinating too, thanks jonson. It seems that the two Dennis the Menaces (Dennises the Menace?) appeared on the world stage almost simultaneously in March 1951. BUT Hank Ketcham beat David Law by a full five days, which means we can forever call the UK version a ripoff of the American one!
posted by soyjoy at 1:09 PM on October 21, 2005

posted by Smedleyman at 1:31 PM on October 21, 2005

Fantastic. Thanks, anastasiav.
posted by languagehat at 1:46 PM on October 21, 2005

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. I rarely read the blue anymore, so I'm glad an AskMe question pointed here, otherwise I might never have discovered this. I'm a casual collector of old comic strips, and there's just not a whole lot of information out there about them. Thank you very much for posting this.
posted by jdroth at 2:03 PM on October 21, 2005

Definitely one of the best of the web!
posted by JDC8 at 6:25 PM on October 21, 2005

posted by Deathalicious at 7:11 PM on October 21, 2005

deathalicious, if I'd had a via, I would have posted it. I found this on del.icio.us.
posted by anastasiav at 8:33 PM on October 21, 2005

posted by Dr. Wu at 10:14 PM on October 21, 2005

What the hell is this business of snarking at posters for supposedly covering up their sources? What makes you think you know where they got their link, and why do you care? Enjoy it or don't, but skip the snotty "via?" crap.
posted by languagehat at 9:06 AM on October 22, 2005

Wow, this is great. I missed this the other day. Thank God Matt for the Contributions from Contacts page; otherwise I would have completely missed this. Nice post anastasiav!
posted by caddis at 8:56 AM on October 24, 2005

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