1. Are those really earworms for many people? I do agree they’re sort of common-denominator songs, that everybody will recognize as something they’ve heard pretty often. But not so much something you get stuck humming.

  2. Dana K, You’re right, they’re not usually earworms. Which I think may be a kind thing for those of us who can get an earworm just from reading the words.

  3. This is kind of interesting. The Pereira says “artist unknown” while it is very clearly in the style of Roy Lichtenstein. I did a brief search of Lichty’s works to see if there was anything similar to this particular image, to no avail. But, I did run across a comics oriented blog that seemed to indicate there was some resentment in the comics world to the fact he (or the museum or gallery) would maybe give some nod to the particular comic that he was “inspired” by, but never to the actual comic artists whose works were being appropriated. Payback is a bitch, baby.

  4. I loathe “Who Let The Dogs Out?”. I thought I had left it behind many years ago until I heard a clip of it just recently. Even reading the lyrics in the comic re-triggered that memory. 😛 I’d call that earwormy.

    I like the expression of the clowns, though I fear Mr. Big Top Secrets guy is ultimately getting scammed. It appears the other clown is passing funny money.

  5. One (additional) reason that I dislike fake handwritten fonts is that it encourages the use of superfluous (or poorly placed) italic and/or bold effects. In that “Last Kiss” thought balloon, either “my” or “cats” should have been emphasized with bold, but not both. 😉

    I was really happy when McDonnell went back to handwritten dialog in “Mutts” (just a few months ago). He had an incredible talent for emphasizing the wrong word in a sentence. (That’s how such a mistake looks in practice, the italics should be on “wrong”.) Of course, in the decade before McDonnell switched to the computer font, he occasionally used “quotes” for emphasis, which was even worse.

    P.S. @ Dana – Any song can become an (annoying) earworm. I recently watched the latest (2021) “Spiderman” movie with my son, and then I had that cheesey jingle from the animated cartoon (late 1960s) running in my head for several days afterwards.

    P.P.S: @ Danny – I agree with guero. Lichtenstein was notorious for “borrowing” (meaning stealing) other artists’ work and not offering any kind of credit, let alone royalties. Just because it is “art” does not make it legal, let alone moral.

  6. A slight tangent away from comics, but on the borrowing vs plagiarism front there’s a UK artist called Glenn Brown who does enormous versions of science fiction book cover paintings by artists like Chris Foss. The original artist gets a few hundred pounds, Brown can get millions. You’d think it would be easily possible to be inspired by Foss et al and do something with a similar feel but massive. Brown obviously has to work put in a lot of extra detail, but why copy exactly the original artist’s design and space structure architecture? (Apart from the publicity boost from the discussion.)


  7. Another British artist, Damien Hirst, also gets into trouble for this sort of plagy thing, most impressively a six metre (20 foot) tall sculpture of an exploded-view anatomy toy model of a man’s head, torso and pelvic region (which went to court, as did the Brown situation).

    “Damien Hirst’s Hymn (1999), is an exact replica of Humbrol Limited’s Young Scientist Anatomy Set. The toy sold for only £14.99 while Hirst’s sculpture sold for one million pounds.”

    Again, you would think you could avoid the hoo-ha by doing something similar but not identical… even still “appropriating” but instead using some combination of, for instance, Leonardo’s anatomy drawings.

    The history of art is obviously partly a process of artists in conversation with other artists over time (as well as what’s going on i the world) – taking something and making changes or going off on tangents . That’s how and why it is a “history” and not just a bunch of random unconnected artworks popping up in different points in time and place. But you can go too far! Especially if you don’t seek permission or give credit.

  8. I had never seen “Lichty” for “Lichtenstein” before guero’s comment; but I’m not surprised that nickname would arise among people involved with studying or discussing him often. In the music class I’m taking online, when Shostakovich is the subject he soon becomes “Shosty”.

  9. The random use of boldface in unnecessary and inappropriate places is a stylistic trope of American comic books and it’s quite irritating.

  10. Although now looking at that I think you need bold italics to get the full effect.

  11. Mitch4 – actually, I don’t know if anyone else has ever used the nickname Lichty. I used it it to save myself the 250 milliseconds it would have taken to type his full name.

  12. @ Dave in Boston – Back as a teenager I bought “MAD magazine” fairly often, and at one point I carefully reviewed all of the dialog balloons from cover to cover in one issue. Every sentence ended with an exclamation point! (There was always at least one, often more!!)

  13. Back in the late 1960s my dad moved his offices (accounting and law) to a new location downtown Manhattan. As a result of that move I saw a Lichtenstein for the first time. The setup was each (unrelated) attorney had their offices along a common hallway and the attorney in the office next to dad’s was Lichtenstein’s attorney and, of course, had one of his pictures on his wall.

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