Monday, July 8, 2013

Master Comics #79 (May 1947, Richard, Richard)

Richard, Richard

This silly detective filler strip is indicative of many humor comics of the time. You have a title character who is a stupid, bumbling incompetent with one or two sidekicks. In this instance the smart straight man is a dog. The stereotyped Chinese Ah Choo is more or less along for the ride in this story sharing the general zaniness of the title character. Perhaps this is like the Three Stooges where Curly and Larry were the joke characters with Moe being the semi-normal straight man. Richard, Richard usually hung out in Wow Comics and this is his only appearance in Master Comics. 

It should be noted there is another John Broome text piece in this issue. As noted last week Broome was the author of some of the most notable DC Comics stories of the 1960s and also wrote a number of the Justice Society of America stories in All-Star Comics in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

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