Sunday, 16 March 2008

This is a cartoon by R F Outcault (1863-1928) that Bill Blackbeard showed in his big book on The Yellow Kid that Kitchen Sink press published. The reproduction measured a mere two inches by three there, so I've blown it up here so you can see it properly (click to enlarge). It's surreal in its violence and I felt that BB gave it short shrift by not showing it properly (though that's a minor quibble about a magnificent book, now alas out of print).


That single image, when compared with a random sampling of more or less contemporary cartoons from Punch, says so much about the shift from the staid Victorian era to the explosive twentieth century.





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Blogger Jonathan Bogart said...

Mightn't it say more about middle-class English sensibilities vs. the sensibilities of immigrant America?

Or is that roughly the same thing as Victorian vs. 20th century?

16 March 2008 5:13:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger HemlockMan said...

The kid on the fence in the Outcalt cartoon looks like Alfred E. Newman.
(third kid left from the cop's head.)

16 March 2008 6:13:00 pm GMT-5  

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