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05/07/2018

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Kip W

"Never" is too strong a term. Perhaps it would be better to say that Bushmiller's Nancy was seldom self-referential. January 16, 1960, for instance, has her suspended in air in what would have been an ordinary slip and fall, and in the last panel, she wishes the cartoonist had finished the strip before taking his coffee break.

I've seen other examples, which I think were more frequent around April Fool's Day. One of them may have been with someone questioning Nancy for being so quiet, and she replied that she was giving the cartoonist a break. This is the one I found with a quick trip to The Best of Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy. Wait, here's another, where Sluggo gives Nancy a "push" in her kiddie car by picking up the last panel and tilting it, and it leads off six whole pages (92–) of jokes about what I call breaking the fifth panel border. They talk about Bushmiller, play with his signature, refer to other panels, finish the strip themselves, trade heads (April Fool), look wrong because Ernie busted his glasses, and hide behind things so he won't have to draw them.

You can tell I read too much Nancy. I fell in with an artistic crowd in the late 70s who taught me to appreciate its craftsmanship. Before then, my idea of a Nancy strip was something like this:

Panel 1
Nancy: There's that new factory that just opened up.

Panel 2
Sluggo: I wonder what they make there.

(In a double-sized panel, we see them gazing up at the factory, and on a side of the building they can't see are the words SHOE FACTORY.)

Mike Peterson

And, in turn, you can tell I don't read enough Nancy.

CliosFanBoy Nee Woodrowfan

I never got the Ernie Bushmiller love. Even as a little kid in the 60s I thought Nancy, Henry, and the like were lame. I did like when Jerry Scott did it, but never got into Gilchrist Nancy. I rather like the new version though.

and a second on the worth of subscribing to Gocomics and Comics Kingdom...

Jack White

Not going to fly. Millennials don't read newspapers. Us old fogeys which I at 82 am a happy member of will just skip over reading Nancy.

I see enough social justice etc.etc.etc. on social media via my computer. I don't need more, so count me gone Olivia.

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