Thursday, September 13, 2018

Meanwhile, this week in 1934...

It's been ages since I posted anything about old comics, and it's mainly been due to the time involved in research. I'm still busy, but here's a quick glimpse into the past with the cover scanned from my collection of The Joker No.359, which was in newsagents exactly 84 years ago in 1934.

It's full of typical slapstick fun that was common in British comics of the time, using the comic strip format perfectly in a visual sequence involving a pie. Artwork by John Jukes. 

The full comic had 8 pages, tabloid size (ie: same size as the Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, etc) and was printed on green paper. All for just 1d. (Half a new pence.)



3 comments:

Peter Gray said...

Love the comic header...love the smiles in the old comic...very cheerful

Lew Stringer said...

They were full of joy, weren't they Peter? I think the big drawback though was those old strips looked very similar in style, and didn't change to keep up with the times. By the 1950s they still looked very 1930s, which I think is why those comics were all gone by the mid-Fifties.

Mike said...

Very nice - what more could you want? Gratuitous violence & slap-up feeds. And for nostalgia: smoking and unregulated air travel. The necessary mechanics of the set-up predict Hoffnung's Bricklayer's Lament. And it uses all of that big sheet of paper.

I was thinking: Tempest #2: George & Lynne may have been Jane. All Mirror. Needs Perishers, Garth & Andy Capp.

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