I rip on Bill Keane's Pwecious daily comic a lot but that's because it deserves it. It's one of the most inane gag inducing dinosaur comics that still survives because it makes old ladies chuckle over their daily glasses of prune juice. But did you know that when it first started way back in the 1960s it was actually sort of funny? Maybe not laugh out loud funny but amusing in a surprisingly subversive way. Check out these ones I pulled from the official Family Circus website:
Holy heck! Check out the Dad character! He's a misogynistic drunk who smokes! By the 70s though he's already the white toast heap of bland he is today, which is pretty much true of the comic itself, although the art was still better than it is today:
Is it wrong that I think the mom is actually kind of hot in this one?:
Here's the 80s:
What the Hell does that even mean?
I hate Billy so much, I'd gladly feed him gruel. Maybe he'd stop being such an annoying smartass.
This comic makes me want to set things on fire:
Alright, thats about all the Family Circus I can stand in one sitting. I have a Marmaduke book from the late 60s that I got at a garage sale. Did you know it used to be made by two people? And the jokes were just as lame as they are today! If I had a scanner I'd post some up, it's really incredible how it's survived so long.