Sunday, December 2, 2007

Sunday morning toons: Special Anniversary Edition

Born of frustration after weeks of shouting at my television following the 2004 election, p3 turns three years old this weekend. Now I shout at my computer. They're all very pleased by this at the out-patient clinic.

As each anniversary approaches I review whether I really want to keep doing this, and I've decided I still do. I'm still disappointed that "expondrigate" hasn't caught on yet, but perhaps 2008 will be for "expondrigate" what 2005 was for "truthiness." I'll review the situation again next winter. In the past I have also used the anniversary as an excuse to re-work p3's layout, but I've decided to leave things as they are this winter. If Blogger finally comes up with three-column templates, then we'll talk.

To business:

Here's Daryl Cagle's weekly toon round-up. It's all about heart afflictions, peace predictions, and religious predelictions.

p3 Croix de Guerre for the truly creepiest--yet somehow still pretty funny--premise of a political cartoon this week goes to Mike Lester.

Opus ponders priorities. If we worry enough about the things we want to worry about, will it leave enough time to worry about the things we really should worry about? (Salon Premium requires non-subscribers to click through some ads first.)

Ann Telnaes reflects on one of Junior's occasional fits of thinking about history.

p3 Historical Toon Factoid: During WWII, Superman comics faced something of a dilemma. On one hand, if Superman simply intervened himself not only would the war quickly be over inside the comic book covers while it raged on outside, but also the sacrifice of actual American combat troops would seem disrespected.

(Case in point: In 1943, Look Magazine published a mini-comic drawn and inked by Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, titled "What if Superman Ended the War?" Hint: It took 2 pages. He simply flew across the Atlantic, smashed through the right walls, abducted Hitler and Stalin [it was 1943, remember], and presented them to the League of Nations in The Hague for trial. The verdict: "Guilty of modern history's greatest crime--unprovoked aggression against defenseless countries." [It was 1943, remember.] You can find this little historical asterisk here; one particularly choice panel is also reproduced in this otherwise-unrelated article.)

On the other hand, Big Blue couldn't just sit around twiddling his super-thumbs. The solution was to continue publishing stories in which Superman fought crime on the home front, but with cover art showing propaganda images, unrelated to the stories inside, that are seriously over-the-top by today's standards.

p3 Bonus Toon from Jesse Springer, pondering the $1.1 billion in "kicker" tax refund checks Salem is due to send out:

(Image via The Impulsive Buy.)

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