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Saturday Comic

Today’s comic comes from July 3, 1969, when bare feet reached their most recent peak. The strip is Hi and Lois, written (back then) by Mort Walker and Dik Browne.

Hi and Lois, July 3, 1969

Hi and Lois, July 3, 1969

I can answer that. It’s the one who doesn’t let them atrophy all day long.

 

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Saturday Comic

Six Chix is a comic strip written by six different women. This one was done by Stephanie Piro. This strip appeared on August 16, 2014.

Six Chix, August 16, 2014

Six Chix, August 16, 2014

I think I see at least one side effect I find useful . . .

 

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Saturday Comic

Since it’s still near the start of school, let’s go with another comic with that standard barefoot trope. This one is from October 5, 1948. It’s from the strip Out Our Way by J. R. Williams.

Out Our Way, October 5, 1948

Out Our Way, October 5, 1948

I still find it odd that growing feet are blamed on going barefoot. It’s as if they’ve never see a puppy before; at that point of adolescence, the feet grow first (and then the kid/puppy grows into them).

 

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Saturday Comic

Here’s a continuation of last week’s Wallace the Brave (written by Will Henry), where it is time for school to start up. It appeared July 3, 2015.

Wallace the Brave, July 3, 2015

Wallace the Brave, July 3, 2015

I think a lot of kids wouldn’t mind school so much if they could just go barefoot.

 

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Saturday Comic

I recently found the (pretty new) comic strip Wallace the Brave. Wallace is a kid who lives in the New England shore town of Snug Harbor. He’s another kid who pretty much goes barefoot all summer.

(Also see here and here for previous entries.)

In this strip from July 1, 2015, it’s time to go back to school.

Wallace the Brave, July 1, 2015

Wallace the Brave, July 1, 2015

Trust him! He’ll be fine!

(Except for maybe his teacher and school administrators.)

 

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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.

 

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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.)

 

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