Monday, April 12, 2010

when sounds were wrapped around a piece of gum...












here are a series of extracted single-panels from early 1940's colored ink on wax paper bubble gum comics, originally wrapped around a small piece of dubble bubble gum. most of the comics feature pud, the dubble bubble ad character, who can be seen in some of these wearing a red striped shirt. each panel shown is, in reality, much smaller than a postage stamp, and insanely difficult to read without a magnifying glass. i love the out of register printing, and the written descriptions of sounds like pow and mooo, as well as the phooo and the splug images which look like they might have been illustrations for jarry's ubu roi. of course, these pre-date lichtenstein's comic panel paintings and the batman tv show's graphics by 20+ years, and yes the images are sound effects for some incredibly dumb yet totally hilarious laugh out loud old school gags.

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Blogger ArtSparker said...

I like splug the best. They make me think of some of Steven Millhauser's stories.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Jez riley French said...

nice blog indeed. I shall link to it from mine: perhaps you can link to mine too ?

I also have one for book discoveries:

6:07 AM  
Blogger Dull Tool Dim Bulb said...

POW Nice post. I can smell the gum.

6:11 AM  
Blogger Ashley Ashbee said...

I love these cartoons made up of dots... It's a neat way to prevent very uncool pixelation. The "sounds" don't quite reach onomatopoeia though: I didn't know an ax going through made a "ZAP!" sound. I interpret it more as: "crrckkk"

6:55 PM  

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