The Work of Greg Clark and Jimmie Frise

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The Barber Shop

January 24, 1920

It is interesting to note, that when Jim was drawing in a more realistic style in the early 1920s for Life’s Little Comedies, he does not draw black people in a stereotypical manner.

Brr-r-rrr!

January 20, 1945

The Chief’s from Missouri

January 14, 1928

The title seems to make no sense, but there was likely a well publicized story about a police officer in Missouri testing people’s brakes this way. Jim would sometimes get his ideas from a news story that may be printed recently.

[Update]: A reader has suggested that the joke might play on Missouri being the “Show me” State, a saying that indicates that proof is always required.

Lunch-time Pastimes

January 5, 1924

Bringing in the New Year

December 27, 1919

It is encouraging to see that very early in Jim’s career (when he drew his comic in a realistic style), that he did not resort to physical stereotypes, as was common in comics of the era. See my post on About Stereotypes for more information. Though Jim did not use a physical stereotype in this comic, the speech of the Black man still is.

Wotta Pal!!

December 24, 1932

The Weather Prophet

December 14, 1946

Another False Alarm!

December 7, 1929

There’ll Be an Amendment at the Next Council Meeting

December 6, 1930

Hands Off

November 25, 1944

A Floor Walker, or Store detective, was much more common in the past. They would walk around the store (usually big department stores) on the lookout for shoplifters.

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