Friday, June 25, 2010

Random Nancy Panel


Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy didn't change much over the decades once he hit his stride; strips from the 1950s look exactly like ones from the 1970s. He didn't include topical references very often, but something about hippies struck a nerve, and he did a lot of gags about them in the late 60s. Note, however, that February, 1968 is kinda early for a mainstream newspaper kid's strip to mention the shaggy counterculture. Basically, Nancy will do anything to avoid bathing.

UPDATE: On a formalist note, please appreciate, again, the Mondrian-like perfection of Bushmiller's composition. What, for instance, is the window, a detail totally inconsequential to the gag, doing there? It's there for balance. Without it, the panel would be lopsided towards the lower left. Sublime.

Happy Friday!

6 comments:

REVO said...

Hippies did strike a nerve, didn't they? Just ask Dick Cheney.

Madduane said...

Once, at the co-op I used to work at, the community room was being used for a meeting and there were a whole bunch of aging hippies in there. I remember looking in the window and thinking to myself -- "hmm, hippies are kinda like the Amish." All they needed was hats.

Karen Zipdrive said...

Hippies, schmippies, I always thought Nancy was the ultimate Baby Dyke.

HRH King Friday XIII, Ret. said...

I believe these days Nancy would be considered "emo."

Karen Zipdrive said...

Emo or homo?

Karen Zipdrive said...

...but seriously, I think Nancy grew up to be Janeane Garofalo.