Friday, March 23, 2018


Here is part one of a selection of gag cartoons titled YOU'VE GOT ME – AND HOW! , edited by Lawrence Lariar and published by Dodd, Mead and Company. It's copyright 1955 by Mr. Lariar.

Virgil VIP Partch with the casual pain associated with marriage.

Some of these, like Currier's above, are simple sitcom put-downs. Mean and none too clever.

I saw Harrison's gag coming ...

Bo Brown with some excellent wavy linework.

From active to passive. Martin Giuffre reminds us that there was a time when people went out into the world, to their club, dressed in silly attire. Now we all stay in and watch a rerun of Jackie Gleason doing the above.

I like Kaufman's gags a lot.

George Wolfe with the clueless woman driver.

Tom Zib concedes marriage is a battlefield.

Pete Wyma, known for his girly cartoons, contributes a mother-in-law joke.

I like Henry Boltinoff's explanation here -- but it's still no way to treat a lady.

I like the moment that Clyde Lamb chose to depict: the moment just after the violent ripping of the paper from hubby's hands.

Bernhardt has a long gag line with a sweet putdown at the end that makes sense of the bitter marriage conceit that is the book's hallmark.

Cartoons signed "Corka" were the husband and wife team of John Cornin & Zena Kavin. More here.

Dam McCormick's cartoon did make me laugh.

I like that Burr Shafer chose to let the reader imagine the off-screen struggle between husband and wife.

Here are links to all of YOU'VE GOT ME – AND HOW!

1 comment:

Donald Benson said...

"Mystic Knights of the Sea" -- Think that was the lodge on "Amos and Andy". The head was called "The Kingfisher", and on the TV show he effectively replaced Amos and nearly Andy as well. I remember most stories centered on Kingfisher, his wife and his mother-in-law.

I remember Burr Shafer cartoons being everywhere, most notably "Through History With J. Wesley Smith". Once saw a school history textbook spotted with Shafter cartoons, but they were new gags and Smith was replaced by a bespectacled little guy called Hy Story.

Them was the days, when every house had a few hardbound books of magazine cartoons lying around