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The Gook

Gustave Verbeek‘s Loony Lyrics of Lulu, 17 July – 23 October 1910, presented an adventure of Lulu and her “papa” with a fantastic animal described in the last panel in a limerick composed by Lulu, a real tour de force, as … Continue reading

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JP Benson’s Woozlebeasts

A rare example of a coloured Woozlebeasts strip by John Prentiss Benson (11 September 1904). On nonsenselit.org you will find the full run of the newspaper strips, in black and white, as well as the 1905 book published by Moffat, … Continue reading

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The Tiny Tads Visit the Butterflybrary

  Another unusual adventure of Gustave Verbeek’s Tiny Tads from 1910.

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The Tiny Tads Travel to the Clouds

An unusual 1910 episode from Gustave Verbeek’s Terrors of the Tiny Tads. Society is Nix from Sunday Press, which I mentioned in the previous post, has been reviewed in the New York Review of Books blog.

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Gustave Verbeek’s Cruel Tales and the Nonsense Tradition

[I wrote this short article for The Upside-Down World of Gustave Verbeek: The Complete Sunday Comics 1903-1905, edited by Peter Maresca, foreword by Martin Gardner. Palo Alto, CA: Sunday Press Books, 2009, where it appeared under the title "Verbeek's Loony Lyrics … Continue reading

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The Padloctopus and the Alligatorang-oorang

Here is the 15 March 1914 strip for Gustave Verbeek‘s Terrors of the Tiny Tads; below an example of Thornton Fisher’s The Wishing Wisp (see yesterday’s post):

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Gustave Verbeek, Pelicanned Tomatoes

Boston Sunday Post, 31 August 1913.

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The Cockatoostep and the Caterwaltz

More Terrors of the Tiny Tads by Gustave Verbeek, from 15 February 1914:

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Unnatural History Lessons

The early newspaper comic supplements used a wide variety of materials to fill their pages, among them alphabets — which could be put to several uses: satiric or purely nonsensical — seem to have been particularly appreciated. Here is an … Continue reading

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Sunset & periwinkles

This enigmatic drawing by Edward Lear is from a set sold at Christie’s on 3 June 2003: LEAR, Edward (1812-1888). An album containing 9 comic and other sketches in pen and ink (one in pencil), together with photographs of Lear’s … Continue reading

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