Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The Quints' Christmas -- Day 1
The strip was written by Brandon Walsh who handled the scripts for at least four of King's Christmas stories in addition to his regular writing duties on Little Annie Rooney. This 1940 Christmas strip would be his last and bears some marks of being a rush job. The first couple weeks of strips read as if there are parts of the narrative missing or out of order, and the story sort of oozes around aimlessly in a haze, almost like what you might expect a comic strip would read like if it was written by William S. Burroughs. Near the end it evolves into a truly bizarre anti-war message. Walsh was obviously deeply affected by the war raging in Europe, especially the merciless air bombing of England, but his attempt to weave this allegorically into his Christmas story -- well, I'll let you see how it plays out.
Art was provided by Royal King Cole, another regular on the King Christmas strips. He, too, would make 1940 his last year on this seasonal task.
I hope you enjoy this year's Christmas strip offering from Stripper's Guide. While it's no holiday classic, it's definitely worth a read for its unique strangeness. Enjoy!