Perhaps you are already acquainted with this piece of history, but even so, I doubt you’ve seen it told in contemporaneous comics (art by Geo Folsom). And if you’d like to see some absolutely stunning photos of the event, make sure to check out this piece from the Atlantic, written last year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Women’s Suffrage Parade.
Archive for One-Offs
As we’ve rolled out the welcome mat to many an oddity before, it surely was only a matter of time before Billy Block and Robby Rubber Boy showed up to join the party. Presented here is the entire run, a total of two strips, which you now must decide for yourself whether or not comes as welcome relief. Did Holz have more of these in him? Did he look at what he had unleashed upon a fragile comics readership and choose to walk away? We may never know…
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.
This piece appeared in papers 100 years ago. Written by Nixola Greeley-Smith, illustrated by E.R. Higgins.
I know it may puncture the vision you have in your head of the Barnacle Bros, but we’re not actually gentlemen in waistcoats and waxed moustaches. In fact, we have our roots in the punk rock scene, playing in bands together since high school, and your dear author is a burly, heavily tattooed fellow who plays guitar in a horror-punk band. Shocking, I know! (To date, I have only one comic-related tattoo: a portrait of Popeye taken from his first appearance in Thimble Theater.)
That being the case, I was delighted to find this brief article from 1904, heralding a revival of tattooing, especially among sailors and the Japanese, those “people of infinite patience”. If only the author could have lived to see the explosion of tattoos among the general public!