It is with great excitement that I add Ed Carey's The Troubles of Dictionary Jaques to the archive; we have been looking for this one for years. Back when we first started this site, Holmes and I were discussing strips we had never seen but really wanted to find and share here. For my part, I was dying to get my hands on Madge the Magician's Daughter, which I thankfully found a while back. Holmes mentioned our new friend Dictionary Jaques, and I was intrigued right away. Ron Goulart's The Funnies showed a couple panels, but that was as close as I've come to seeing the strip until I recently stumbled upon it while looking for something else. So in celebration of my pal's birthday, I'm posting all the Jaques I've been able to find. You may remember Carey's work from another favorite of ours (and, coincidentally, another strip discussed that fateful day): Dolby's Double. Jaques is a really fun creation. The situation is simple enough: Jaques is a Frenchman who relies on his dictionary to understand his surroundings, but misinterprets the definitions he reads. Hilarity ensues and you get some crazy imagery like Jaques head-butting a stranger who resembles Everett True or Jaques bundling up a baby like a package.
By Ed Carey