Thursday, February 19, 2009

Cocky Porcupine: A Study in Terror

Like olden fairy tales, comic books were often used as a way of teaching children to stay on the path of righteousness, fear strangers and obey authority. Comic book stories were also similar to folk tales in that that horrible retribution will result for any child that fails to learn the lesson of the story, like this cautionary tale of sportsmanship from from Circus of Fun #3 (December 1947). The moral? Learn to get along with others or face the prospect of horrible, maiming torture at the hands of an angry mob.

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  1. The ting about Cocky is, he's the best at what he does. It ain't pretty, but there you go. So what if he horns in on everyone else's games? Everyone loves to watch his razor-sharp antics...or at least enough to ensure a "SPIKE" in sales for the month.

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