Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Untangling Gordo

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

Gordo was an attractive little story strip that had two runs, one in the midforties and one from the late forties.early fifties to... well, at leats well into the seventies. The storylines were very well told and gentle and a bit reminiscent of the later work of Jaime Hernandez. But the real attraction were the standalone Sunday gags, with a colorful and surrealistic tone of themselves. Unfortunately, the strip may have gone on a bit too long and may have become repetitive, but it should not be juged by that. Rather try to imagine the originality of t's style and look, when it was the first to go into that territory in the fifties. Here are some samples I have cobbles together through the years. Fortunately, it includes a color scan, since the color was a large part of the charm of the Sunday strip.


Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

<carping type="pedantic">I should think that Pepito would first teach Ponce the Spanish alphabet, in which ‘Ñ’ is considered a separate letter. Granted that it originated as an ‘N’ with another ‘N’ superscript, but likewise ‘W’ originated as two ‘U’ (when ‘U’ were not distinguished from ‘V’. And, speaking of doubled letters, until very recently, for purposes of alphabetization, Spanish considered ‘LL’ a single character.</carping>

Ger Apeldoorn said...

I don't know if that is pedantic... I think you actually have a good point. Gordo was a pretty truthful Spanish strip and although it is not up to us to say what Arriola should or shouldn't have done back then, I think it is actually quite a good question why he didn't add the ñ.