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Prehistory of the Superhero (Part Seven): Reign of the Superman

The Superman, and Superman.

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Strange Windows: A Master at the Dawn

When a new art form appears, how often does it spawn a master craftsman at or near the beginning of its existence? Surprisingly often.

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Strange Windows:Keeping Up with the Goonses (part 7)

This is part seven of our look at comics, cartoons and language– today focussing on Britain Art by Heath Robinson Britain has a long, rich tradition of cartooning second to no other land’s. And, as we saw for American English, cartoons have contributed to the country’s popular language.

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Strange Windows: Keeping up with the Goonses (part 3)

This is part three of our look at comics’ contributions to colloquial English. Another prolific contributor to the language was Al Capp, creator of the strip Li’l Abner. “My Mom and Dad met when she picked him out at a Sadie Hawkins dance.” Sadie Hawkins is one of Capp’s memorable characters; she first appeared in […]

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Strange Windows: Keeping Up with the Goonses (part 2)

Jeep! Jeep! This is part two of our survey of language spawned by comics and cartoons. Here’s a strip that, in comics, is one of the richest contributors to the language: Thimble Theatre, better known worldwide by the name of its protagonist, the sailor Popeye. The strip’s creator, Elzie Segar (1894– 1938) is credited with several coinages, some […]

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Strange Windows:Keeping up with the Goonses (part 1)

Art by Rube Goldberg As you raise spoon of soup (A) to your mouth it pulls string (B), thereby jerking ladle (C) which throws cracker (D) past parrot (E). Parrot jumps after cracker and perch (F) tilts, upsetting seeds (G) into pail (H). Extra weight in pail pulls cord (I), which opens and lights automatic […]

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