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Screwball Sunday: I Vote For Rube Goldberg—Three Election Cartoons

 Rube Goldberg had a lot to say about American elections. His biting wit and loopy cartooning brought welcome smiles and a dash of truth about the unavoidable nuttiness of politics. Later in his career, he left humor comics behind to enjoy a long career as a Pulitzer-Prize-winning political cartoonist. Here are three rare Goldberg gems […]

Screwball Sunday: Vot It Iss—Jimmy Swinnerton’s “Professor Knix”

Professor Knix by Jimmy Swinnerton (July 3, 1904) People stop me the street. They knock on my front door and politely inquire. A few poke their heads through my bedroom window late at night when I am sleeping. I think I once heard the question emanating from deep within my bathroom plumbing. “What other cartoonists […]

Screwball Sunday: The Plop Thickens—George Swanson’s $alesman $am

Say “howdy” to Sam Howdy! Our previous last two Screwball Sundays have shared recently discovered vintage essays by George Swanson on screwball cartooning (see here and here). Today we share three prime examples of $alesman $am in 1924, when Swanson’s cartooning reached its peak of manic intensity. There’s never been a comic strip quite like […]