I think we have in the past counted literalizing figures of speech as a kind of generalized language-play, that can fall under the OY umbrella. But this is a bit long would weigh down the Saturday Morning OYs list, so here it is as a bonus, just to enjoy for itself.
What a Saturday: Following onto “Close to Home“, here’s a “Lay Lines” containing nothing but likeable characters.
I remember a long time ago there was a regular “dept.” in MAD magazine about “Cliche monsters” that took that to the extreme.
@ GiP – According to an obituary in the NY Times, Paul Coker, Jr. (the artist for the Horrifying Clichés) died just last August. Here’s a link to the first installment (June 1966).
While I almost always liked Paul Coker, Jr.’s work, I quickly got tired of “horrifying cliches.” “On the horns of a dilemma” — some kind of generic monster, with horns for someone to be stuck on.
Another piece he did was much better: each panel a single word illustrated in a possible way of reading it. For instance, “romantic”: a little tick dressed as a Roman soldier with spear and helmet. “Superficial”: a fish posing like a superhero, with a shirt with a big S on it. Look, down in the sea, it’s a shark, it’s a boat, no it’s superficial!
“Look, down in the sea, it’s a shark, it’s a boat, no it’s superficial!”
Not exactly a deep character.