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By M. Thomas Inge

Comics and cartoons are ingrained in American life.

One critic has referred to as comedian books "crude, unimaginative, banal, vulgar, eventually corrupting." they've been seemed with significant suspicion by means of mom and dad, educators, psychiatrists, and ethical reformers. they've been investigated via governmental committees and subjected to critical censorship.

Yet greater than two hundred million copies are bought every year. Upon even informal exam BLONDIE, ARCHIE, MARY worthy, THE WIZARD OF identity, and SHOE--among the various comedian strips--will be came across to aid a few ordinarily accredited inspiration or ordinary of society.

Why do comics either amuse and arouse controversy? this is an test at a solution in a sharp-eyed comic-book lover's probing examine this step-child style. He reveals comics either enjoyed and hated, relished and sneered at. of their hoping on dramatic conventions of personality, discussion, scene, gesture, compressed time, and degree units, he reveals the comics with reference to the drama yet most likely nearer kinfolk to the movies.

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Murray Robinson, 'Togo's Pfcpa," Collier's, 129 (8 March 1952), 20-21, 64-65. Elzie Crisler Segar, Thimble Theatre, January 1,1934 (detail). © King Features Syndicate, Inc. What's so Funny about the Comics? 15 From Mort Walker, The Lexicon ofComicana (Port Chester, NY: Museum of Cartoon Art, 1980). © Mort Walker. 16 C O M I C S AS C U L T U R E 2 Comics and American Language Many parents, educators, and moral reformers have continued to express a grave concern over the allegedly harmful influence of popular culture on the minds of children.

Listening outside a cartoonist's studio you would constantly hear him vocalizing the piece of action at hand... a bat hitting a ball, FWAT!... a foot kicking a garbage pail, K-CHUNKKK! He will try many sounds before he settles on the one that satisfies him. Then he will add more meaning to the sound by animating the lettering. From Mort Walker, The Lexicon ofComicana (Port Chester, NY: Museum of Cartoon Art, 1980). © Mort Walker. because it appeared in Hearst's New York World, a newspaper noted for its sensationalism, exaggeration, and vulgarity.

The Jeep is introduced and explained in two 1936 sequences. © King Features Syndicate, Inc. " When De Beck introduced a scruffy little mountaineer into the comic strip named Snuffy Smith, the language took on a new dimension under the influence of the great Southern dialect comedians of the nineteenth century whom he carefully studied. Phrases such as time's a-wastin\ jughoM, shifless skonk, and balls oy fire became authentic-sounding contributions to the traditions of Appalachian culture. The creator of the indestructible Popeye, 22 C O M I C S AS C U L T U R E Elzie Crisler Segar, has two dictionary citations to his credit.

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