They almost directly tell us whereabouts this geezer reference comes from. And yet … and yet … I DON’T GET IT!
When this was new, in 1965 or 1966 (I can’t quite make the date out — though the 6/16 at lower left is quite clear, as the pigeons have not yet picked it up), probably it was already a challenge to the reader to recognize some already-retro references, to famous real-world couples or other cartoon-world characters. And probably some randomly tossed-in names; and probably some not-famous real-world friends of Mort Walker’s; and certainly some pairing-up jokes (Emmy and Oscar?).
And after the passage of another 55 or 56 years, how many of them can we get? I’m not really much of a comics historian, so maybe … none? But others may do better.
From guero, who says “Okay, today’s Dark Side of the Horse is a great homage to Don Martin, but what exactly is the joke? (I mean in the punch line – the cartoon perfectly captures his style and humor.)”
… but I couldn’t say what the joke is in a narrow sense, nor if there are correspondences to a specific target. The credits for The Oldersons do a cute quick job of telling the story of how legacy strips get managed.
Hopefully a step above demonstrative-gestural lip syncing, the illustrated song comic can combine the best features of geezer nostalgia, punning, and comic drawing. A nice touch here is that Rubin combines the song’s key line that everyone remembers with its somewhat less-familiar title.
Bonus! On Twitter they provide a bit of animation with another line from the song. Actually, one in the tweet text, and another as an animated header – it may be lost to the crop here. But try clicking *once* on the “play” icon and it may show properly.
Carl Fink sent in the Loose Parts, which we supplemented with the Lockhorns on a similar motif.
Is it kind of charming that Loretta still has romantic expectations?
Carl says “So, let me ask this question: has anyone seen an actual ‘Tunnel of Love’ at a fair in the past, say, 40 years? Would anyone under that age have any idea what’s going on here? Is that old carnival attraction even remembered now only because of cartoons like this one?”
Also, what is going on? People keep climbing into those boats even though they can see the solid wall and the mounting crashes? Is it almost as much their incompetence as that of the designers of the attraction?
Not exactly a CIDU, says Targuman when sending it in, but maybe an OY-I’d-like-to-improve? His issue is which geezer ref might fly better today: “Not a CIDU but this is 2021, wouldn’t U2’s Bono be a bit more famous (and alive)?”
Hens’ teeth may have been rare, as the probably geezer idiom says, but apparently they could be fitted by a properly prepared dentist.
Bizarro provides an excellent new word! Via Andréa:
Also via Andréa:
From Andréa, here is a matched pair of geezer-warning Oys!
Was that a good word-play or more simply a LOL?
This Mutts is from a series introducing “King”. Not the deepest of puns, but has its little charms.
Another not-so-deep Oy, but considering how much grousing and joking has attached to the Zoom software, there has been surprisingly little using this older generic sense.
From Andréa, who asks “How many even know what a CARE package was?”.