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The Saturday Comics: Obnoxio the Clown

17 Dec

December 17th, 2011

This ain’t your father’s Bozo.

I wouldn’t say I had a misspent youth. In fact, I consider growing up with Mad Magazine, Cracked, and Crazy a classic American childhood. (Yeah, I read all the classics.) But things change. Mad is a shadow of its former self, Cracked is now some weird men’s website, and Crazy? Is it still around? I don’t know.

What I liked about those titles was their subversion. They were edgy, they were a little mean, they were cool, and since adults hated them I loved them all the more.

Which brings me to Obnoxio the Clown. He appeared in Crazy magazine, published by Marvel Comics Here is his official bio:

Obnoxio (real name unknown) is a world-weary man who moonlights as a clown. He has stopped bothering to set a good example for children: he smokes a cigar, he seldom bathes, his costume needs mending, he makes caustic comments, he insults everyone he meets. His only good quality is dependability: once hired for a job, he always shows up.

That does not do him justice. Not at all.

From wikipedia: Obnoxio was portrayed as a slovenly, vulgar, cigar-puffing middle-aged man in a torn and dirty clown suit, with a dyspeptic and cynical attitude. As you’d expect from wiki, that’s even worse.

Obnoxio was the opposite of every clown you’ve ever seen. A drunk, a slob, crazy and cynical, he was every mother’s worst nightmare. Hire this clown for your kid’s party, and the kids would end up knocking over a liquor store before the birthday cake was served.

Perhaps his most high-profile gig was when he took on the X-Men.


The Saturday Comics: Bozo the Clown

12 Nov

November 12, 2011

Allow me to introduce Bozo.

Bozo was a little before my time. I still had tons of Bozo coloring books and pictures though. My grandpa worked for a company that did business with Keds, the sneaker company. He got a ton of freebies. All throughout my youth I wore Pro-Keds, those blue canvas sneakers with the rubber Keds tag on the back. For some reason I always peeled it off.

One of the things we also grew up with were giant Bozo coloring pads. These were big pads, maybe three feet tall (but I was a lot smaller so who knows how big they really were) and each sheet was a black and white picture of Bozo to color in. Every page was the same picture but I didn’t care. I’d lay on the floor and color the day away. It was great being a kid.

Anyway, Bozo gives me a touch of nostalgia. Here is Bozo’s comic book. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge.

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