comic strip words revisited

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Thu Dec 28 20:31:05 UTC 2006

I think Wilson is right; the later days of Gasoline Alley (maybe in
the 50's) were known just as Smoky Stover.


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>Poster:       Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
>Subject:      Re: comic strip words revisited
>"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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