Dude’s not going anywhere, especially with that silly hipster beard.
Meanwhile, Nancy is fighting sepsis.
Ernie Bushmiller was one of the most surreal cartoonists of his time, and this is a good example. Nancy’s and Sluggo’s bodiless heads pop up from side-by-side Jack-in-the-Boxes without any indication of who or what flipped open the latches simultaneously or why.
Nancy’s parents never appeared in the comic and their absence was never explained; her only caretaker was her Aunt Fritzi.
Fritzi Ritz was once an elite party girl, a flapper, who predated the Nancy comics by a few years until Bushmiller took over the strip created by Larry Whittington in 1922. Bushmiller modeled Fritzi after his own fiancée (according to Wiki) and Aunt Fritzi eventually served as Nancy’s benefactor and disciplinarian. We can assume that she recognized Nancy’s psychosis, even though Fritzi was not quaified to raise a child with mental troubles. Although not an ideal model for a young child, Fritzi did the best she could given the circumstances.
She must have got into Aunt Fritzi’s meds again.
Because I’m a Bushmiller Fan, we’ve created a New Category in our archives. All Nancy All The Time.
I don’t know why, but those two panels just cracked me up. Ernie Bushmiller was a genius.
Ken Nordine’s got a website… Last updated July 2006.
Acme Corporation was sued for product defects. Writ of litigation may be viewed here.
This made me laff and laff and laff.
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Gorilla suits from the past: great article here.
How much Zen can you tolerate in one game? Try it out for your own selves and you’ll see what I mean. Choose 5 cards, then explain the sequence.
Trial No. 1
Nancy has a nightmare that is transmitted to Sluggo. Sluggo reflects it back to Nancy via a hand-cranked meat grinder. Nancy wakes up and takes a walk to a barn that has a secret message painted on it.
Trial No. 2
Sluggo gets a job, and Nancy says she’ll stop by to distract him, but she is temporarily blinded. She prays for her sight to return. She turns her hair bow red while she plans her day, then turns it white again. A man notices that Nancy smells funny (as does Sluggo), so Nancy goes to visit her imaginary friend Tom. Following Tom’s advice, she eye-spits into Aunt Fritzi’s vegetable garden.
Trial No. 3
Nancy hallucinates that her notebook is a crayon. She finds her crack pipe and creates many small universes in her mind, until her Aunt Fritzi calls her to the living room. Nancy wanders for miles to find her Aunt. She ends up in a hardware store where she orders some chainsaws. While waiting, she dreams that she can magically suck bocce balls from her piggy bank with her magnetic fingers.
READY TO PLAY AGAIN?
Ernie Bushmiller’s “Nancy” was one of the most innocuous yet ubiquitous comic strips ever. It was never funny or clever, it was just odd, and it ran in hundreds of papers for decades. There are many Nancy afficionados/analysts out there, just google ’em. One of the best taps into the zen of the strip, with a game called, “Five Card Nancy,” and it’s not funny either.
Although Nancy didn’t have a mom or a dad in the strip, her Aunt Fritzi took care of her. Fritzi was a babe, and better looking than Blondie. Honest.
Nancy’s best friend Sluggo was odd in his own zen-like way:
There are so many pointless, humorless comic strips around today that try to be funny. At least Bushmiller’s “Nancy” was deliberately pointless and rarely humorous, but it was drafted in a tight recognizable style.