1. The artist’s “side glance” indicates that he is insulted, so the painting is a probably landscape, which the hiker had misidentified as a salami. For the humor to work, the misidentification has to be extreme. Confusing “Everest” with “Matterhorn” would be understandable, and therefore not funny. This gag works because the word “salami” is completely unexpected, and yes, it also reeks of Steve Martin.

  2. P.P.S. Following onto that amazing tree in yesterday’s Sunday Funnies, one detail that bothers me about this drawing is the way that the artist’s easel is leaning. The perspective makes it look as if it were pointed toward the mountain peak in the background, rather than facing directly toward the artist.

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