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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.


Mr. Duck Steps Out

23 May

May 23, 2011

Ever come across a story that seemed too good to be true? That’s how I felt when I read this:

A woman believed that Donald Duck was wooing her via satellite television. Why not? Donald is a big star. He’s on TV all the time. Is it really inconceivable that he has been sending her hidden messages in his cartoons?

Well, one thing led to another, a ladder was brought into the equation, and the woman climbed into the satellite dish- no mean feat, those panels aren’t always the strongest- where she “consummated marriage” with Donald Duck.

I have a lot of trouble with that story, not the least of which is that Donald is in a happy relationship with his girlfriend Daisy Duck and has been since 1940. The thought of Donald cheating on Daisy is too much for me to bear. It would kill the little kid inside of me.

On the other hand, I am equally worried that some other water fowl is committing identity theft by claiming to be Donald Duck and seducing crazy women via TV and having sex with them in satellite dishes.

I had to track this journal down. And while the original article is not available online I did find corroboration.

However, I was able to learn that it was indeed Donald and the happy couple is now honeymooning in Disneyland.

And the woman’s real name? Christina Aguilera.

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