Thursday, February 17, 2022

George Carlson and the Absurd Prince!

Good morning, kids! Today we are going to enjoy a story from the 1940s published during WWII. The artist is another one of my favorites, master of the absurd, George Carlson.

Mr. Carlson’s stories always tetter on some brink of joyous anarchy, his realities always shifting and mercurial; his characters always innately happy and fearless. Indeed, nearly every panel in a Carlson story has some brilliant, surreal flourish – a flower and pot running aimlessly across the floor or perhaps an anchor in a birdcage.

Oh, yes. I nearly forgot to mention: His artwork is beautifully drawn and colored, and his layouts bristle with a genius (round panels, overlapping action, etc.) far ahead of its time. Such a visual treat is Mr. Carlson.

Today’s story features his best-known comic book creation, The Pie-faced Prince of Pretzleburg. This comes from Jingle Jangle Comics No. 13 (February 1945).

Isn't George Carlson great! I knew you would love him.

Sometimes I like to post an advertisement along with the story from the same comic book just to supply a kind of historical context (history seen through the prism of advertising). I love this War Bond advert from a vew months before V-E Day (Victory in Europe).
Coming up next, more George Carlson!

I will see you all again very soon. Until then, I hope you are all warm, safe, and happy!

--Your friend, Mykal

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