Oldies Are Still Goodies (And Hitting People With Rolling Pins Is Still Funny)
Our friend, Andrew “Captain Comics” Smith, wrote an insightful piece in the April 16th Comics Buyer’s Guide about the growth of reprints and some of the titles he’s a fan of including our Forever Nuts line, which reprints the earliest Mutt & Jeff, Happy Hooligan, and Bringing up Father.
I enjoyed them all, for historical reasons if nothing else, but Bringing up Father was a revelation. For a strip with one central joke “Maggie beaning Jiggs with a rolling pin” George McManus kept the strip fresh and exciting day after day. And the art! While Jiggs remained a cartoon, McManus’ women were drawn in photo-realistic style and beautifully modeled the elaborate fashions of the time.