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Ron Miel
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Disney comic strip where Mickey attempts to end it all.

http://www.barnaclepress.com/comics/archives/comedy/mickey_mouse/index.html

This is a fake, right? It couldn't possibly be true, could it?

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Troodon
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I've looked at them, and they look real to me. They don't seem outrageous enough to be fakes.

(The strips that actually involve suicide start with the one for October 18th.)

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Ganzfeld
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I don't see any obvious reason they wouldn't be real. Comics in the 30s were pretty outrageous.
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I'll vote genuine.

In knife collecting, one of the key things to identifying an old piece is "feel". Does it feel right? Do all the pieces fit together? Here, applying that principle, I say real.

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Heck, even later on there were cartoons involving characters attempting suicide. One old Warner Brothers cartoon focuses entirely around the mice Hubie and Bertie trying to get a cat to eat them after they overdid it on cheese. You certainly couldn't pull something like that off today.
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It's funny how while most subjects that were taboo in the past are acceptable now, some that were acceptable have become taboo. While I would be very surprised to see such a cartoon in a modern newspaper, it's not encouraging or glorifying suicide, so I don't really see a problem with it, aside from the fact that some may consider the whole topic a touchy subject, regardless of how it is treated.

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quote:
Originally posted by Menace of Mysterio:
Heck, even later on there were cartoons involving characters attempting suicide. One old Warner Brothers cartoon focuses entirely around the mice Hubie and Bertie trying to get a cat to eat them after they overdid it on cheese. You certainly couldn't pull something like that off today.

I recall another where a cat somehow becomes responsible for watching over a mouse, and said mouse uses this opportunity to fake being suicidal, just to annoy the cat to no end. I recall catching it on TV just a few years ago.

I am of the opinion that pretty much everything can be treated with humor. Some topics are just harder to handle well than others.

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Of course there's always the episode of Tom and Jerry that has Jerry constantly saving a little duck/chicken character from being eaten by Tom. He keeps saying, "Please eat me!" to Tom. I don't remember much else than that.

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I own a Disney-published book of early Mickey Mouse comic strips. It mentioned the "suicide" series in the introduction and showed the gas one. I believe the cartoonist said that Disney himself suggested the sequence. The cartoonist was a bit surprised that there was apparently no reaction from the public.

Anyway, yes, it is real. The book is at my mother's house, but I'll post details if I get a chance.

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Maybe that's why most of our looney suiciders decided on the mental institution in today's age.

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Cartoons and comic strips were considered more as general entertainment in those days, it wans't until later on that they were considered strictly kiddie fare. A lot of cartoons & comic strips from the 20's and 30's contained material that would be considered more "adult".

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It looks like it's real. And with all those other cartoons mentioned above Tom and Jerry and what not I've seen all of those. Not until now have I ever even THOUGHT about it being an attempt to show suicide...I just thought it was funny.

~Monica

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Those are, like Top Kat said, real.

I used to get Mickey Mouse collections at the library and this storyline was in one of them. (It's part of a longer story.)

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quote:
Originally posted by mastershake:
it wans't until later on that they were considered strictly kiddie fare.

Strictly kiddie fare? I appreciate cartoons WAY more than normal television programs the vast majority of the time.  -
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No one's said it yet? Come on, there has to be another Renthead in the house! *Sighs* Okay, I'll say it:

"I Gotta Get Out Of Here! It's Like I'm
Being Tied To The Hood Of A Yellow
Rental Truck, Being Packed In With
Fertilizer And Fuel Oil, Pushed Over A
Cliff By A Suicidal Mickey Mouse! - I've
Gotta Gotta Gotta Gotta Gotta Gotta Gotta Gotta Gotta Gotta Find A Way!"

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Oh, that comic strip is real all right. I work in Walt Disney World seasonally, and I've seen these comic strips in WDW before, in backstage areas. I think they're in a couple of books, too.

So I guess the resident Walt Disney World legend confirmation/debunking person is here...

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Brad from Georgia
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quote:
Originally posted by mickey is a gyrl:
Oh, that comic strip is real all right. I work in Walt Disney World seasonally, and I've seen these comic strips in WDW before, in backstage areas. I think they're in a couple of books, too.

So I guess the resident Walt Disney World legend confirmation/debunking person is here...

Wonder if you've ever run into my daughter, who works at DW too!

Along this same line, think of all the boozy characterizations from the forties: W.C. Fields, Phil Harris, loads of other entertainers developed alcoholic personae for their performances. I doubt that producers would let such funny drunks have major roles in continuing series today.

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Originally posted by Brad from Georgia:
quote:
Originally posted by mickey is a gyrl:
Oh, that comic strip is real all right. I work in Walt Disney World seasonally, and I've seen these comic strips in WDW before, in backstage areas. I think they're in a couple of books, too.

So I guess the resident Walt Disney World legend confirmation/debunking person is here...

Wonder if you've ever run into my daughter, who works at DW too!

Along this same line, think of all the boozy characterizations from the forties: W.C. Fields, Phil Harris, loads of other entertainers developed alcoholic personae for their performances. I doubt that producers would let such funny drunks have major roles in continuing series today.

Depends on where she works. I work in all four parks, all over every park. Chances are I don't know her unless she's in my department.

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Amy works mostly in Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom--she's a puppeteer who most recently worked with the big puppets in the Lion King show, though she has been such street characters as Rafiki, Pluto, and Little John as well.

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Originally posted by Brad from Georgia:
Amy works mostly in Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom--she's a puppeteer who most recently worked with the big puppets in the Lion King show, though she has been such street characters as Rafiki, Pluto, and Little John as well.

Then it is remotely possible that I know her (or of her). But that department is HUGE (Magic Kingdom has 2500 people in that department ALONE)

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Does anybody remember the episode of Tom and Jerry where they both commit suicide?

It's been a while, so forgive me if I screw up the exact details....

I remember the episode starting with Tom (I think) sitting on railroad tracks looking depressed. Jerry comes by and tries to cheer him up, while Tom tells him the story about how his woman left him. I can't remember if Jerry had a letter with him, or if he saw his girlfriend with another mouse, so he joins Tom on the tracks. The episode ends with both of them sitting on the tracks looking depressed as the train rounds the bend....

My neighbor finally saw this episode a few times last year, so it's proof that I'm not completely nuts....

A73

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That sounds like Itchy and Scratchy...

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quote:
Originally posted by mickey is a gyrl:
That sounds like Itchy and Scratchy...

I wonder if Matt Groening ever saw that episode....

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quote:
Originally posted by animal73:
Does anybody remember the episode of Tom and Jerry where they both commit suicide?

It's been a while, so forgive me if I screw up the exact details....

I remember the episode starting with Tom (I think) sitting on railroad tracks looking depressed. Jerry comes by and tries to cheer him up, while Tom tells him the story about how his woman left him. I can't remember if Jerry had a letter with him, or if he saw his girlfriend with another mouse, so he joins Tom on the tracks. The episode ends with both of them sitting on the tracks looking depressed as the train rounds the bend....

My neighbor finally saw this episode a few times last year, so it's proof that I'm not completely nuts....

A73

I've seen it; it's called Blue Cat Blues IIRC.

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Since the comic was made in 1930 a couple days before the one yr anniversary of the stock market crash it was a sign of hope?

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Go for a gas mask next time Mickey. Tie it around your head a couple times and you'll get the job done quicker. O.o

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