As usual, all the gags in this Smokey Stover are G-rated and wholly accessible. It must have been tempting at times, but Holman never put his popular comic, read by adults and kids alike, in the gutter (cough cough).
While Holman has plenty of verbal puns in this strip, he's in fine form as he rolls out several surreal visual puns, such as the "sox-o-phone," or the "fountain pin," which relates to bowling.
In addition to the rich background humor, there's a smashing weird last frame, with the right-angled bowling alley. As if that weren't enough, Holman also throws in a small panel, Foomous Flames, which offers some pretty good curveballs in itself. It's clear that, by 1943, Holman had a grip on the screwball comics form like few others!
|February 14, 1943|
That is all,
Screwball Paul Foomey