Memory Lane: The Katzenjammer Kids

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The Katzenjammer Kids, at the hands of various artists and writers, were in newspapers and comic books for 109 years, starting in 1897, until 2006; and they’re still available in reprints.

They were in the Sunday color comics in my Grammy’s paper (but not ours), and I always looked forward to seeing what Hans and Fritz would get up to next. Looking back on it now, I wonder why they were so popular. Really, they weren’t nice at all–in fact, a couple of delinquents. Did they resonate with our sin nature, with some darkness in our souls? I can’t imagine trying to baby-sit for them: you might not live to tell about it.

Then again, perhaps they served a useful purpose, after all–an opportunity to let off steam without doing any harm. Hey, I watch the Three Stooges. That doesn’t mean I go around poking people in the eye and pulling chandeliers down from anybody’s ceiling. It means I laugh when they do it, because it’s so ridiculous. Maybe not as ridiculous as Okashii-yo-Cortez, but certainly more harmless.

I don’t know what I’d give to be at Grammy’s house again, reading the comics in her Sunday paper.

3 comments on “Memory Lane: The Katzenjammer Kids

  1. Yeah, those were the days. My Dad would take me to town on Sunday mornings, buy a paper, maybe an ice cream cone for me, and cigarettes for him, and then I could enjoy the funnies when we got home. Comics like these were something that both kids and adults could laugh at together.

  2. I always read the comics even before the Sports page on Sundays – hey, he comics were in color! But I didn’t care for the Katzenjammer Kids. I liked Beetle Bailey and Snuffy Smith.

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