We’ve seen our pal A.D. Condo produce humor from all sorts of situations, but who knew he had mined some laughs from the prehistoric age? Get ready to travel way back in time with This Day in History! We’ve unearthed 20 of these, go check them out!
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A.D. Condo, beloved around these parts for his sublime strips The Outbursts of Everett True and Mr. Skygack From Mars, was a prolific cartoonist in the first decade of the 20th century! He cranked out an extraordinary number of small features and one-offs, and they’re of uniformly high quality. In this archive, you’ll find fun stuff like The Country Man’s Vacation in Town, Pity the Poor Farmer, Dainty Daisy Tries Physical Culture, and my favorites: Enslaved by a Pirate is a wonderfully illustrated serial, and Bump Talks is a crazy little feature sending up phrenology! Fun, fun, fun.
I’m not sure what brought together the skills of legendary artists A.D. Condo and Johnny Gruelle for one super panel, but I do know I like it. According to the Oxford Dictionary online, Shanks’s Pony is “used to refer to one’s own legs and the action of walking as a means of conveyance.” It is my new goal to drop that one into casual conversation sometime soon.
We know you love Condo. We know you love cowboys. And we know you think you’ve seen it all, but beware! your brain might just crack in half as two worlds collide…ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to Deadshot Bill From Nurseryville! Bill is actually just a kid who fancies himself a cowboy, and his adventures are more cute-kid-stuff than Wild West shoot-em-up action, but I say close enough.
Diana Dillpickles returns in “Miss Dillpickles Participates In An Aviation Meet With A Rival Birdlady Whose Vindictiveness Would Turn The Blood To Ice In Your Veins,” featuring a special cameo from you-know-who and a shocking twist you must see to believe. This one, as always, is from Fred Shaefer, but our pal Condo had departed the feature by this point, leaving some of the usual fill-ins to take up the art chores. In this case we have the more-than-able Clifton Meek providing the visuals. Six parts; start with the one above.
Twenty-six more strips have been added to the Outbursts of Everett True archives this morning! Everett deals out punishment to landlords, public sots, ambulance-chasing lawyers, and more! The strip of January 21 has a particularly wonderful second panel, and this panel tickles my teetotaling funnybone. There are even a couple of nods to some kind of vigilante progressivism, with Everett coming to the aid of a battered wife (with a sad-but-all-too-common outcome), a frightened child (albeit with a weird mixed message), and giving what-for to a fellow who’s against giving the vote to women.
The pro-suffrage strip is one of several in this installment which were not done by A.D. Condo, but by a fellow named Renfro, a local Seattle talent. But while the other two are clearly marked by Renfro, and are large editorial pieces, the suffragette strip is unsigned but given the standard “Outbursts” label. Weird.
Start with the strip below, and keep reading until the end of March, 1909!
In 1907, A.D. Condo (Everett True’s papa) created the first science-fiction comic strip: Mr. Skygack From Mars. This will come as news to comic fans accustomed to believing that Flash Gordon was the first sci-fi comics feature, but Skygack’s got Flash beat by more than two decades!
Not a flashy (sorry) space-opera adventure, but a single-panel gag strip, perhaps its narrow focus has allowed it to slip beneath the notice of sci-fi historians. But Mr. Skygack is predicated upon a wonderful science-fiction premise that we’ve all pondered: what would an alien say if he could see the crazy things we humans do? Skygack observes scenes from daily life with an extraterrestrial’s naive perspective and transmits his stories back to Mars using his “wireless notebook”. So we’ve got a speculative premise intended to reflect and criticize social norms, starring an alien from space who uses futuristic devices to investigate Earth. If that doesn’t convince you of Skygacks’ science-fiction bona-fides, how about this:
That’s right! Skygack is not only the first sci-fi comic, he also inspired the first sci-fi comic cosplay! Comic culture is wonderful, creative, obsessive nerds, all the way down!
I’ve added twenty comics to the Skygack archives today, and I’ve got more than two hundred left to post. Perhaps we’ll keep them coming on Skygack Fridays…