Saturday, June 01, 2019


Herriman Saturday

December 21 1909 -- A one-shot strip from Herriman in which a black man gets a beating for agreeing that Jack Johnson is going to clean Jim Jeffries' clock. The most charitable thing I can say about this is that we could choose to believe that Herriman was helpfully reminding black folk to be careful of being too exuberant in their excitement about Johnson in mixed company. As if they really needed a reminder.

The last panel offered a word new to me, which turns out to be yet another offensive term for a black person.

PS: Note the typo in Herriman's name. Oops.


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