Bizzarro Comic Tales #4
Wow! Vegans beware...It's still pretty amazing that this Popeye comic by the great SEGAR(!) from October 1933 actually saw print, but it did. While the list of comic strip don'ts back then was a long and curious one, (ie: female skin showing, snakes, dirty socks) there was no real provision against depictions of animal cruelty. Oddly enough though, this Wimpy episode reportedly received the most mail of any strip that featured him...and amazingly all of it was positive! (Segar, worried about a backlash, had already written a letter of apology --then didn't even have to use it) Times sure have changed. Today you couldn't get a strip like this by the censors in a million years...and you'd have to be crazy to try! (In fact I'll actually be kinda surprised if I don't hear something weird back from running it today...but here goes...)
Prepare to be stunned --and no peeking at the end!
King Features Syndicate. Thanks to Bud Sagendorf for the image!