from The Jack Acid Society Black Book

I don’t know whether it’s impressive that Walt Kelly was so prescient that he was able to nearly duplicate the tone and logic of talk-show hosts on “fair and balanced” television networks, or depressing that the attitudes he was satirizing decades ago are still recognizably with us today.

10 Responses to “I Find It Hard To Believe This Is Over Thirty Years Old”
  1. Matt Algren says:

    Wow. If I didn’t know any better I’d say you doctored the text.

  2. mister terrific says:

    That’s the thing. Read any decent history book covering the last 90 years and you’ll see the same themes coming up over and over. They never go away. It’s a wonder that we’ve been able to get any sort of cultural change inserted.

    And then you read “Fahrenheit 451” and imagine Hannity and O’Reilly on the wall screens, and you realize Kelly wasn’t the only far-sighted one.

  3. One big difference between the far-right lunatics of the mid-20th century and the far-right lunatics of today: TV news mostly ignored the far-right lunatics of the mid-20th century.

  4. Is that supposed to be a cat, or some sort of horrible monkey-imp?

  5. Michael says:

    Proof that great satire never goes out of style.

  6. Crowded House says:

    As can be plainly seen, early teabaggers had the same amount of self-awareness as the modern incarnation, and the same amount of subtlety.

  7. Captain Splendid says:

    Another vote here for the latter explanation. Orthodoxy, by definition, doesn’t change.

  8. Patrick Dean says:

    Fercryinoutloud, I wish Fantagraphics would hurry up on reprinting these. Finding cheap copies of the old paperbacks is getting spotty.

  9. Phill says:

    Aha! He’s talking about the same Minutemen the punk rock band was referencing! It’s kind of impossible to google info about them…

  10. Evan Waters says:

    What I like is how slowly the satire builds up. The first page could almost be the start of a “pro” militia piece, but Kelly gradually deconstructs the ridiculousness of the character’s posturing and the meanness at the heart of his beliefs.

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