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Eric: Snarking about the Syndicates, 50's style

From Li'l Abner, originally published April 16, 1952....


(Click on the thumbnail for a full sized image.)

Notice the clearly implied use of the word "fuck." Note the demands of the publisher on the little artist. Note the pureness of the snark. If you think we're more sophisticated now than then, you need some perspective.

Lester Gooch, the little guy in question, is the artist on "Fearless Fosdick," a parody of "Dick Tracy" (as done by Chester Gould). The Fearless Fosdick strip within a strip became so popular, it got its own television show. A puppet show.

A puppet show.

Posted by Eric Burns-White at August 20, 2004 7:15 PM

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