Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The Old Man And The Satire

Tuesday Newspaper Strip Day

As far as I can see, Irving Spector interrupted his usual run of Coogy with satirical interludes at least four times in 1952 and 1953. All times, he devoted four Sunday installments to his story. The first one was The Malted Falcon, a satire on The Maltese Falcon. The book, not the movie, which was shown by the fact that he incorporated printed text into the strip. He repeated that trick for his second satire, a much more sophisticated story that used Hemingway's Old Man And The Sea as a jumping off point, but includes other pieces of typical Hemingway stuff, like bullfights and African safari's. According to his son, Paul (who provided the scans of the originals of the middle two pieces) Irving loved Hemingway and did the satire more out of respect than anything else.

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