Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Drop That Hog-Leg Tuesday!

In the earliest of days, Action Comics had Western comics.  This was before Western and war comics totally overtook the industry, so I guess they were just covering as many bases as possible.

I actually like a lot of Western comics, but I don't always understand what they're saying.  Consider these little dandies from Action #17:

Okay, that one, I kind of get.  This one, not so much:

Yeah, I don't get that one.  And keep in mind, I've lived in Oklahoma nearly my entire life.

But I know some good Fun with Out of Context Dialogue (tm!) when I see it!:

See ya tomorrow, pardners!


Britt Reid said...

The Out Of Context Dialogue™ reminded me of my favorite line from "Dick Tracy in B-Flat"

Flattop (Bob Hope): "I've always wanted to have a gun in this guy's back!"

Dick Tracy (Bing Crosby): "You can pull it up a little, too!"

Flattop: "Sorry, I was gonna blow your brains out."

If you ain't heard it, you should...

La Belle Esplanade said...

Imagine how much more confusing they are to a New Englander. I'm not going to try the arithmetic.

Gene Phillips said...

From other western comics I always had the sense that a "hog-leg" was some sort of gun, but as True Internet Knowledge is but a click away, I consulted the "Dictionary of Slang" and found:

•a shotgun that has been cut down at both the barrel AND the stock. This essentially turns a legal shotgun into an illegal, giant calibre hand gun. Plus the resulting profile of the weapon looks a little like a hog leg.

Who says comics aren't effusively educational?

Justin Garrett Blum said...

Britt--thanks for the link. I just listened to a bit of it. Bing Crosby + Bob Hope = awesome.

Britt Reid said...

"I just listened to a bit of it. Bing Crosby + Bob Hope = awesome."

Playing off their ongoing "feud" with Crosby as Dick Tracy and Hope as Flattop was a stroke of casting genius!

You can tell that, because of tight schedules, some of the cast came in "cold". There are continual breaks and ad libs and you can almost "see" some of the double-takes by cast members.

The "Road" movies Hope and Crosby did are one of my favorite film series. Whenever they're on Turner Classic Movies, I sit back with a drink and some snacks and bask in the lunacy.

Zocktastic said...

"Up with your lily-whites" sounds like an obscure way to refer to a wedgie.