Saturday, February 29, 2020

Today in Comics History: Darn, I wish I was your lover

Hey, today is Sadie Hawkins Day! By tradition, a day when women ask men out for dates, dining, dancing, and a little bit o' dis 'n' dat, instead of the other way round. Seriously, these days you can do this any time, kind ladies, and I hope you do. (Waiting by my telephone.)

Sadie Hawkins Day was created and popularized by extraordinary cartoonist and terrible person Al Capp in the classic comic strip Li'l Abner.

L'il Abner, (November 14, 1935), by Al Capp

Now, don't get her mixed up with Sophie B. Hawkins, who really wishes she was your lover, but there's no need to swear, Ms. Hawkins. Me, I'm hopin' to be chased and kissed by Jane Wiedlin today!

There's several references in comics about girls who got all fired up about catching themselves a boy. Really, that's pretty much every month in Archie Comics.

Panels from "The Big Chase" in Pep #411 (March 1987), script by George Gladir, pencils by Stan Goldberg, inks by Rudy Lapick, colors by Barry Grossman, letters by Bill Yoshida

Ha ha! It's funny because Moose is gonna put Archie in the hospital! Mind you, this is the final issue of Pep, a comic book published since 1940, so it's entirely possible Moose killed Archie here. The world will never know.

But now let's look in on the wacky life of Young Animal's keen teen Shade the Changing Girl, who's simply MAD(ness vest) about the boy!

Panel from Shade the Changing Girl #6 (May 2017), script by Cecil Castellucci, pencils and inks by Marley Zarcone, colors by Kelly Fitzpatrick, letters by Saida Temofonte

Run, Wes, run!

In short: Sadie Hawkins Day, won't you? Play us off, Sophie B. Hawkins!

What did I say about the potty language, Ms. Hawkins!!!

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