. . .
OK, I take back my boom chicka bow wow, I think the tone of this is going to be totally different…..for a while at least, then maybe a little BCBW anyway 😉
Chuck really needs his arm back. I hope they’re beefed it up with new toys. The syndicate is coming!!
And every time Chuck recalls the sound of his parents’ voices, it sounds vague, indecipherable, like a series of \Waah-waah, waah-waah-waah-waah-waah, waaaah.\
oh this is going to be very interesting.
and i kinda have sinking feeling anne is going to enjoy this story to the point that she will get drunk to the point she wont even feel upset about anything chuck will say to her.
Awesome use of silhouette in the last panel, Jason!
I never get the deal with Daddy Warbucks. He made his wealth profiteering in World War I and his name seems to satirize that. But I never saw any other indication that Harold Gray thought it was a bad thing.
Chuck’s dad was shown once, briefly, in the movie “Bon Voyage Charlie Brown.” He looked like Charlie Brown.
I have this vague recollection that there was a period when the adults in the comics (as opposed to the animated movies and tv shows) talked, and it looked like a larger version of Woodstock’s talking (a series of vertical lines). Is this true, or am I imagining it?
Bob, never happened. At least, not before the early 70’s.
I can just hear Daddy telling her, “remember, Annie – the sun’ll come out…
I like the use of shadow and “negative shadow” in the second panel; it seems to reflect the way Anne “sees” the world around her. As I’ve said before, JY, you are truly an artist.
— Captcha is ready and willing to fight for the Bilievel cause.
@Richard – There’s nothing wrong with becoming successful because of war (Extreme Caveat Warning) AS LONG AS you don’t try to propogate war for the sake of business.
“Not sure they were there at all.” Hahahaha! That’s what keeps me coming back here! For rusprit! (I don’t know what Captcha means either, but it seems germane.)
@C. Mage–I would argue any war profiteering inevitably perpetuates war, but that’s
beside the point. I’m asking what Harold Gray was thinking when he named his hero “Daddy Warbucks.” It sure sounds derogatory. But this probably isn’t the forum to ask unless there are any LOA aficionados tuning in.
@Richard: Wikipedia has this to say about Gray’s views in regards to Warbucks:
\Warbucks was often a platform for cartoonist Harold Gray’s political views, which were free market-based. He sometimes expounded on the need for wealthy men to work hard—lest the masses have no employment. At the same time, capitalists who underpaid or mistreated their workers were portrayed in a negative light, with corrupt businessmen often being shown as villains. While, in the strip, Warbucks would interact with the rich and powerful, the close relationship in the play and movie between Warbucks and Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) would likely have been anathema to Gray, who opposed the New Deal policies of FDR and the Democrats. In fact, in 1944, Gray briefly killed off Warbucks on the grounds that it was widely thought that capitalists were obsolete. Warbucks was resurrected, however, after FDR’s death. Nonetheless, severed from Gray’s control, the fictional Warbucks took on a life of his own, his versatility and craftiness seeming as credible as FDR’s hobnobbing on stage with Republicans in the atmosphere of a musical.\
Furthermore, concerning Gray himself:
\After he came up with a strip idea in 1924 for Little Orphan Otto, the title was altered by Chicago Tribune editor Joseph Medill Patterson to Little Orphan Annie, launched August 5, 1924…
By the 1930s, Little Orphan Annie had evolved from a crudely drawn melodrama to a crisply rendered atmospheric story with novelistic plot threads. The dialogue consisted mainly of meditations on Gray’s own deeply conservative political philosophy. Critic Jeet Heer, who did his thesis on Gray and wrote introductions to IDW’s Little Orphan Annie collections, commented:
Gray wasn’t really a conservative in the 1920s: he was more of an general populist, hostile to loan sharks and speculators while celebrating hard working ordinary people whether their successful (\Daddy\ Warbucks) or not (the poor struggling farmers, the Silos). In the 1920s, Gray even defended labor unions, having Annie launch a successful one-girl strike against a boss who mistreats her. Gray’s political opinions would take on a more partisan salience in the 1930s when the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt polarized American politics into those who saw the New Deal as the salvation for the working class and those who saw it as the end of American liberty. Gray fell into the anti-FDR camp and Annie became much more explicitly right-wing…\
I suspect Harold Gray if he were around today would be a staunch supporter of Sarah Palin and Tea Party politics; I wonder, JY, if we have missed any direct indications of that from Anne in previous episodes…
I still think it’s a set-up. She’s trying to buy an awful lot of time if she wants to tell THAT story. If she really wanted him, she wouldn’t need to loosen him up that much, would she? He’s got a real thing for redheads and he was quick to tell his buddy to take a hike. maybe she’s trying to gather her own strength for an ultimate betrayal. I may be wrong, but I sense an epic tragedy in the making here…
Foreshadowing…it really was all Daddy Warbucks’ fault!
I too like the reference of the vague memories Chuck has of his parents! Ya really work the details in nice.
Nothing wrong with profiting from war; North America boomed when Europe had to rebuild after WW II. I rather like my high standard of living, just a shame the ass clowns running the show today are going to put it in the ditch.
Actually, Bob’s right. The Loomis household collection includes some Fawcett collections of strips from the very earliest years, before Lucy hit the age cap, and while parents do not appear on-panel in any of those strips, they do occasionally get word-balloons floating in from off-panel.
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