The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

They Were Collaborators #27


Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop (early '30s)

Who knew?

This image comes from the collection of indie comics artist Ivan Brunetti, via the good folks at Cartoon Brew.

7 comments :

Rob said...

Poor Minnie! I heard she was heartbroken when Walt's PI showed her the 8 X 10 glossies. The more outre' elements were used to blackmail Mickey into his still restrictive contract, and was one of the reasons Will Hays cracked down on poor Betty. She had a thing for guys with only four fingers, what I heard, and only took up with Mivkey after she found out Goofy was into animals. As for her dalliances with Felix, the prototypical Fritz the Cat, we won't go there. (Those aren't really puzzle rings, you know.)

Great cartoon site link, BTW.

BCNU

swac said...

I also have a collection of Tiujuana Bibles I could post on here...

Okay, maybe not.

Tom Sutpen said...

If they're vividly illustrated, Stephen, then as your friend and co-blogger I strongly advise you to do so.

After all, religious art can be eye-catching too.

Rob said...

"Jesus Christ!" was exactly what I said when I first saw one, so...

BCNU

swac said...

I went with something like, "Holy crap!" I think it was a Jiggs and Maggie T.B. Yikes!

Brent McKee said...

Personally I've always thought that finding out of Blondie really lived up to her name would qualify as a religious experience.

swac said...

There are Blondie TBs, but they're black and white, so I have no idea if the carpet matches the drapes.

Or, in keeping with the spiritual theme, if the harp matches the halo.