Monday, Nov 4th, 2013

When "the Funnies" weren't so funny!

Dean Mullaney posted by Dean Mullaney

Comics are for kids, eh? In this 1947 daily Harold Gray addresses the complaints he received about the "funnies" not being funny. He also takes a swipe at editorial interference, something he wouldn't have dared done in print a couple of years earlier when Capt. Joe Patterson, the syndicate's founder, was still alive. We're scanning ahead in our Little Orphan Annie series and this story featuring Gray's stand-in, the cartoonist Tik Tok, is one of his best. (Click on images for a larger view.)

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A month later, in the February 9th Sunday, Gray ramps it up further. "Fascist moron!!!" Gray was often under attack for his political views and he pushes back in this unusually candid strip!

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