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Bluffing Through Sandstone

I am off again on a trip Out West. I left early Monday, August 8 and arrived at my first destination Tuesday around noon.

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Saturday Comic

We’re getting close to back-to-school time. So here’s a comic from August 30, 1941. It’s from Out Our Way by J. R. Williams.

Out Our Way, August 30, 1941

Out Our Way, August 30, 1941

This is a standard trope for comics from this time: going barefoot makes your feet bigger. You don’t suppose that the reason kids’ shoes don’t fit in the fall is because they just spent the last three months growing? (You know, like kids do?)

And thus are pernicious barefoot myths started.

 

Saturday Comic

Our comic for today comes from September 17, 1946 (and repeated on July 14, 1963). It’s from Out Our Way by J. R. Williams.

Out Our Way, September 17, 1946

Out Our Way, September 17, 1946

You know, there are some people who keep using their feet bare, and those feet are in shape. And then there are the shoddies who let their feet atrophy, and then think going barefoot is a miserable experience. (It’s kind of like people who never exercise who think stairs are torture because they always use elevators.)

 

Saturday Comic

Red and Rover is always a fun comic strip in the summer, since it portrays Red as a child of the 1960s, when kids spent much of their time barefoot.

The joke here isn’t about bare feet, but the strip shows how nonchalantly bare feet were accepted.

Red and Rover, July 25, 2016

Red and Rover, July 25, 2016

 

Saturday Comic

Our comic today is Hägar the Horrible. It was published on July 11, 2015.

This happens when you wear shoes.

Hagar the Horrible, July 11, 2015

Hagar the Horrible, July 11, 2015

So I guess shoes can have a use, after all.

 

Saturday Comic

This comic is from August 8, 1973, right when many businesses started putting up “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service” signs in reaction to hippies. The comic is “Archie”, written by Bob Montana.

Archie, August 8, 1973

Archie, August 8, 1973

The character here is Jughead.

What’s odd here is that the restaurant doesn’t seem to mind that Jughead is shirtless, just shoeless. And we see the kind of improvisation that barefooters sometimes have to resort to.

 

Saturday Comic

Today’s comic is from Bizarro, written by Don Piraro. These comics pretty much always live up to their name.

This comic is quite recent, appearing on July 8.

Bizarro, July 8, 2016

Bizarro, July 8, 2016

This is of course entirely unrealistic. Gyms are notorious for not allowing barefooters to use the treadmill barefoot.

 

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