Monday, September 17, 2012

A Guffaw-Inducing Milt Gross Sunday Featuring J.R., the Speckled Wonder

Here's a Milt Gross screwball special. I laugh out loud every time I read this Dave's Delicatessen. The timing is perfect on this sequence, and the drawings are extraordinarily funny, even for Gross. I love his shadowy panels of J.R. on the trail of something supposedly amiss at "the art museum." The comic centers around the antics of bloodhound extraordinaire, J.R. I don't know what that stands for, or when J.R. first appears in the Milt Gross Universe, but I can say that he's one of Gross' funniest characters.

The topper features the henpecked pixelated penguins, Otto and Blotto, who are always trying, in Laurel and Hardy fashion, to sneak away from the wives for a quick tip of the elbow (or fin, in this case) at the local bar.

As an extra added bonus, we also get a That's My Pop! panel, which is based on a man's son always catching him in some ignoble action, and proudly proclaiming to the world in thickly brushed letters, "That's MY Pop!"

Your Honorary Screwballist,
Paul Tumey