We here at Barnacle Press have been known to succumb to the sweet siren song of nostalgia, that's why it's fun to find a comic strip from days long since past that got its laughs even then from the realization that the good ol' days are always behind us: Al Posen's Them Days Is Gone Forever! This is no ordinary strip, mind you, but the first of its kind; according to its own press this is the first comic strip you can sing! I originally thought the notes at the top of the strips were perhaps musical gibberish meant to evoke a tune, but apparently they really do make up a song. In each we are given a situation in verse that always ends in a familiar refrain, though there are a couple of similar "Tonky Talk" strips that I'm lumping in mostly because I can't decide whether I should treat them as a separate series or not. Posen is clever enough to switch the formula up to keep things fresh; one day he'll get a jab in at the expense of an aging librarian, another he'll give us a fellow who is all to quick to put some days behind him after angering his neighbors. Go ahead, take a stroll through the archive...you'll be singing along in no time.
I'm not sure how long this feature ran, the earliest sample I've seen are from 1922 and the latest from the 1940's.
By Al Posen