Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Mon Feb 11 18:41:34 UTC 2013

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A fumetti is a comic strip with photographs instead of drawings.  Seen
occasionally in Mad Magazine, Help! Magazine (also by former Mad editor
Harvey Kurtzman), assorted Marvel Comics.  National Lampoon ran them but
called them "Photo Funnies"  Here:
is one from Help!  It stars Henny Youngman.

Another, starring John Cleese:

_American Weekly_ [Sunday newspaper supplement from _Washington Post_]
24 June 1956 p 19 col 2
""Fumetti" are rather like our comic strips, except that they are
photographs, with smoke rings (the Italian word for smoke is "fumo")
coming out of the characters' mouths, in which are the words which tell
the action."

_New York Times Magazine_ 7 Dec 1958 p 126 col 2
"The word fumetti, which literally means "little bits of smoke," refers
to the white balloons that float over the actors' heads and are filled
with heady, hand-lettered dialogue."

_Calgary Herald_ 13 Jan 1968 p 11 col 2
"He was referring, apparently, to several recent successful prosecutions
of publishers of salacious photo "comic" strips -- called fumetti -- in
which nearly nude male and female models approach the explicit in
stories of sex, satyrism, and sadism."

_Print_ [magazine]  Feb 2009 p 20 col 2
"In 1976, Punk magazine published "The Legend of Nick Detroit," a
fumetto starring Debbie Harry, Richard Hell, and David Byrne, designed
by Jon Holmstrom; the strip was a big sensation among the mosh-pit

_Publishers Weekly_ 20 Sept 2010 p55 col 2
"In places, his characters are so obviously drawn from photographs the
book might as well be fumetti, but Bolton's feverish super-realism give
it a hallucinatory tone."

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