Friday, January 20, 2012

Filler Can Be Fun

Here are the two pages between parts one and two of Bob Hope's mag-length adventure.

Nowadays, the joke for "Homer" might be that the car wash guy charged $60 to DETAIL his Matchbox Car.

Also, consider this fact:  Silly Putty will take up comics in full color a let better if the comics are on a page, not on a computer monitor!

As far as Lucky Charms goes, I think it noteworthy to state that here, there are only FOUR shapes of marshmallow bits, and they are all in only ONE color each, with no swrils or striping going on.  In other words, these are Lucky Charms 1.0, before color augmentation and shape inflation.

Now that you think of it, doesn't this little guy seem awfully self-centered?  I mean, running around all day saying how lucky it would be to meet him.  Sounds a little needy to me!

Maybe he and these kids have an unwritten behavioral contract going on here -- a little sub-rosa tit-for-tat?  He's payng them off (in Lucky Charms) to validate his inflated notions of self-worth?  Break into groups and discuss.

See you Monday with the continuation of Bob Hope's "Comedy of Eras!"

Monday, January 16, 2012

Into the Wild Blue -- ULP!!

Bob and his smart pooch have made it back to June, 1916.  Now they have to figure out how to rendeszvous with Captain Wednesday, Tuesday's grandfather, and solve the secret of the Golden Gazelle.

What a happy coincidence that the guy Bob landed on top of on the previous page was Joe, Wednesday's mechanic.  Now Bob has an excuse to ride along!  The crack about drinking the hair tonic refers to the fact that when this comic came out, alcohol was a prime ingredient in "greasy kid stuff" used to slick back men's hair.

Baron Von Flugelmop?  Sounds almost as dangerous as the Red Baron!

And so, as Bob swoons, Harvard Harvard III decide to make it a REAL dog fight (get it?)!

But first, a page or two from our sponsors ...

By the way, do YOU remember the little melody that goes with the caption of the Tootsie Roll ad at the bottom of the page?  "Long time, long time!  chewy chewy Tootsie Roll lasts a long time!!

 -- see you next time.
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