comic strip words revisited

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 28 19:26:35 UTC 2006

"Jeep" was the vocalization or cry of the jeep, an imaginary - if
that's not redundant - creature  featured in the strip, Thimble
Theater, now better known under the name of its featured player, the
great Popeye, the sailor man, who was who he was and that's all that
he was: Popeye, the sailor man, strong to the finish 'cause he ate his
spinach, Popeye, the sailor man.

BTW, wasn't it the case that Smoky Stover has his own, eponymous
strip? He was a fireman who  wore his helmet backward and he was
always booted, though not to the hip.


On 12/28/06, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at> wrote:
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> Today's Zippy the Pinhead (courtesy of the Washington Post), a strip
> called "Schluburbia" contains this exchange:
> Nov shmoz ka pop?
> Notary sojac!
> Nize baby! Banana oil! Jeep!
> Potrzebie! Axolotl! Fershlugginer!
> Everything I know I learned from old comic strips...
> (Some of these I recall from my old Mad Magazine subscription in the 50s.)
> LH
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