Sunday, May 01, 2011

A Taste of Moronica

This one's a little out of my normal bailiwick, being published in 1952, but I just read this story and found it hilarious. ACG briefly came out with a comic called Dizzy Dames (subtitled Screwballs in Skirts). Nowadays, of course, it would be decried as sexist, but was it back then? Remember, this was the era where comedy duos relied on one dimwit and one straight-man. Were Burns and Allen sexist, or I Love Lucy? And of course it was not uncommon for the shoe to be placed on the other foot; the Honeymooners is a classic example of a sensible wife exasperated with her buffoonish hubby.

Anyway, I loved this story and had to share it with you. Any idea who the artist is? His work is deceptively simple but very expressive.








5 comments:

Martin O'Hearn said...

Owen Fitzgerald is known to have drawn Moronica, and this does look a lot like his early issues of Bob Hope for DC.

Anonymous said...

I have to admit to cringing a bit when I see an "I Love Lucy" rerun. Ricky treats his wife like a child. It was part attitude towards women at the time, and part the need for Lucy to be a troublemaker, otherwise there'd be no story. The end results are classic TV and funny to this day, but yes, a bit cringe worthy to the modern viewer as well.

KF said...

I'm with Martin, this is Owen Fitzgerald art.

SangorShop said...

No question that this is Owen Fitzgerald. He very rarely signed his work, although, he spent more than 30 years drawing comic books 1940s-1970s.

Ambrose Mugwump said...

Definitely Owen Fitzgerald's work. As for sexism, it is no more sexist than the average modern day sitcom, just with the sexes reversed.