In Which My Understanding of _Krazy Kat_ Is Broken


I’m sorry, I’m having trouble working out how today’s vintage-1922 Krazy Kat, from ComicsKingdom, has a pop culture reference. I read Krazy Kat for cryptic, hard-to-parse wordplay. I don’t read it for jokes that, like, a normal person of the year 2021 has a chance of getting.

This paragraph isn’t anything important, I’m just adding a little more padding so that the comic appears below the tags and categories stuff in the left column so can run a little bigger. So to that end here are some more words: applesauce value center liquid accessory design Garaimal zinc. There. I’ve done all I can.

Titled ``Ready --- Aim --- Fire!''. Officer Pupp: 'It's getting to be a hard job, keeping that 'Mouse' from hitting 'Krazy ' with a brick every day. I must find some way to protect him ... ' He gives Krazy glasses: 'Now, 'Krazy', you wear these 'glasses', and nobody will dare hit you --- it's against the law. Now I won't have to watch over him - that 'mouse' won't have the nerve to hit him with those glasses on.' Krazy: 'My, but I feel like 'Harold Lloyd' --- ' [ Krazy spots Ignatz off in the next panel ] 'Hoy - 'Ignatz' - ' And Krazy innocently tosses the glasses aside as Ignatz readies to throw the brick.
George Herriman’s Krazy Kat for the 25th of October, 1922, and reprinted the 12th of November, 2021. I too am distracted by all the scare quotes around, like, “Mouse” and “Glasses” and “Harold Lloyd”. But I also like how in the fifth panel Krazy’s eye line is to Ignatz’s position in the sixth panel, the only place we see him. That might be coincidence. It’s only sensible Krazy be looking to the right, and most sensible compositions would place Ignatz somewhere in fifth-panel Krazy’s line of sight. But even if it’s accidental, it’s a great accident.

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

5 thoughts on “In Which My Understanding of _Krazy Kat_ Is Broken”

    1. Hmm, maybe. My thought was that Krazy tosses the glasses because he’s ashamed of his Harold Lloyd resemblance and doesn’t want Ignatz to see. Krazy forgets that Ignatz seeing him in the glasses is necessary for the glasses to perform their intended function, or chooses to ignore that fact; either way, that’s the joke.

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      1. Oh, I’m sure that Krazy tossed the glasses away so they wouldn’t restrain Ignatz from the brick-tossing. Although there is an interesting subtler read on things. Harold Lloyd, of course, did not need glasses in real life. It’s claimed, in the biographies attached to the DVD release of his important films back in the mid-2000s, that when he wanted to go unnoticed, all he had to do was go out in public without his glasses. Could it be Krazy was worried Ignatz wouldn’t recognize him with the glasses on?

        … Probably nothing that complicated. There’s rarely the time, in making a daily comic strip, to try writing it with too many levels of meaning.

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