Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mutts and Kings 2

 Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell clearly has affection for the Little King. This classic comic strip was drawn by Otto Soglow between 1931 and 1975 in a style that was uniquely Soglow's. McDonnell has framed his strip in Little King-like sequences at least three times to my knowledge. Once on a daily page (see Mutts and Kings), and  ta Sunday sequence (Little Mutts).

His most recent tribute is note-perfect in the look, pacing, and type of humor Soglow specialized in. (click on image to enlarge)

And its done in such a way that the gag works on two levels. If you have no knowledge of the Little King, then the gag just seems to be about how cats rule. But to those who are students of the sequential arts, every panel is a treat.

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