April 3, 2023March 30, 2023 by zbicyclist Not So Jolly Image CIDU Andertoons, Mark Anderson 15 Comments Related
Not many clues about the scale involved, but the Jolly Green Giant is commiserating with Babe and Clifford, other giants.
Also, given the trio, this would have worked much better in color.
Other giants of color.
Yes, Babe the Big Blue Ox and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Not just big, but big and all one (unusual) color.
IMNSHO, colour would have made this one too easy.
It’s not easy being green? (Or blue, or red.) (Or big.)
The “color or no color” question is moot, because Andertoons specializes strictly in monochrome comics.
The mono-color element must be part of the reason Babe and Clifford are the only ones that understand him, because otherwise wouldn’t Paul Bunyan be included?
Not to make light of the situation, but shouldn’t the fact that they are red, green, and blue be our primary concern here?
@ Susan – What an illuminating observation!
P.S. @ TedD – I remember being mildly amused by a collection of Paul Bunyan stories in elementary school, but when I ran into them again later they seemed artificial and/or commercial (much like Rudolph the reindeer or the Loch Ness monster).
P.P.S. @ Susan – My very first contact with the difference between “additive” and “pigment” primary colors was in an x-ray crystallography image of a steel pinhead (blown up to fill an entire magazine page, probably in Scientific American). The researchers had taken two sequential images of the same pinhead, and then overlaid one (in red) on top of another (in green), resulting in some red, some green, but mostly yellow dots in the final image. Back then, the idea that “red+green=yellow” seemed very foreign, and contrary to everything I had learned in art class in school.
I think I heard of Paul Bunyan and Johnny Appleseed around the same time, and long thought of them as having similar fictional / legend status. Turns out Johnny Appleseed was real, though the stories that accreted about him got pretty folkloric.
I guess I’m old enough to think of Sprout as a late addition to the canon.
Some of the supposedly authentic things I’ve heard about Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman) seem pretty folkloric. One is that he was nuts because everybody knows you can’t get good apples by planting apple seeds; you have to graft from a tree that’s already producing good apples. Well, I’m not a horticulturalist so I don’t know for sure about that thing that supposedly “everybody knows.” Second thing is that neither he nor anybody else cared if the apples weren’t particularly sweet for eating. He intended them to be harvested to make hard cider. He brought alcohol to every part of the country. I’m skeptical of that one too. Third thing is that he was a preacher, proselytizing every where he went. Bringing the Good Booze Of Christ?