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The Mental Suppository

Jul 28, 2022

There was a time when reading the Sunday comics was an event and every kid who could draw wanted to be a comic strip artist. 

While those days might not be long gone, it’s not the same as it once was. From the early part of the 20th Century until the 1970s, the comic strip page featured some of the most glorious artwork every Sunday. Full page strips in full glorious color. 

Three of the most talented artists to ever grace the comics page were EC Segar, George Herriman and Walt Kelly who created Thimble Theatre (later just Popeye), Krazy Kat and Pogo. Each displayed a unique take on storytelling, the way language is perceived and politics for its time. While Popeye is still remembered to this day, people might not be familiar with the works of either Herriman or Kelly. We’re here to help you all with that. 

In this episode, Bret and special guest co-host Murphy Grumbar discuss what they love about these comics and what makes both the storytelling and the artwork so unique to what we perceive cartoons and comics to be like today. 

We encourage our listeners if you are unfamiliar with any of the artists we are discussing to go down to the local library and learn more about them.