Sunday, August 18, 2019

Funny Books and the Funny papers

Early interesting Cars:

And so today:
Years ago boys delivered newspapers on their bikes. We were called ‘paper boys.’ I remember hearing of boys standing on the corner in cities and yelling papers for sale and giving headlines out loud. I never thought much about reading the paper as a kid. Back then folks read the weather report and radio schedules. After there was a TV station the paper would give a TV schedule. There was a Horoscope.  To fundamentalists it was a sin to read the Horoscope though.

Somewhere in my life common words and titles changed. Breakfast, dinner and supper morphed into Breakfast lunch and dinner. Telephone poles became power poles. Power became ‘energy.’ Junior High School somehow became middle school. But the biggest sin of all was funnies and comics. Old papers had several b/w funny strips during the week, BUT on Sunday came the FUNNY PAPERS in color. They were inside the regular Sunday paper.

SOOOO do any of you remember the song by the Argyles:
Oop-oop, oop, oop-oop
Alley-Oop, oop, oop, oop-oop
There's a man in the funny papers we all know
Alley-Oop, oop, oop, oop-oop
He lives 'way back a long time ago
Alley-Oop, oop, oop, oop-oop
He don't eat nothin' but a bear cat stew
Alley-Oop, oop, oop, oop-oop
Well, this cat's name is-a Alley-Oop
Alley-Oop, oop, oop, oop-oop

He got a chauffeur that's a genuwine dinosawruh
Alley-Oop, oop, oop, oop-oop
And he can knuckle your head before you count to fawruh
Alley-Oop, oop, oop, oop-oop
He got a big ugly club and a head fulla hairuh
Alley-Oop, oop, oop, oop-oop
Like great big lions and grizzly bearuhs
Alley-Oop, oop, oop, oop-oop
(Alley-Oop) He's the toughest man there is alive

 There is a lot more of the song but yes it was a big hit. Growing up I read the funny papers and funny books, daddy did not approve, he would never read that trash, but I sure liked it. I did read Alley Oop and enjoyed him.

I have mentioned it before, I had a job once putting the funny papers in the parade magazine, then on Sat. nite and Sunday morning I put the package in the Sunday paper. By that time they were called Comics. It was an eye opener to me that the local paper did not print the funnies, but bought them from a publishing company.
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betty said...

I don't remember that song from the Argyles or that cartoon you features with Alley Opps. Last week we got a Sunday paper. It was on our front porch. I'm thinking the paper company was leaving them to solicit new business I looked through it and of course the comics as those were my favorite things to read. Funny that many of the same comics were in there and I hadn't seen a newspaper for about 4 years. Timeless classics that still make one laugh! In high school my brother and me were both paper delivers. It was gruesome getting up early in the morning to get the papers delivered! I remember there was a stretch of time that men would be selling papers at major intersections in various cities we lived in. A couple of times a week I would buy one from them, always giving more than the paper cost as they did enjoy the tips. Now so much news comes from online!


bobbie said...

The Alley Oop comic strip was a bit before my time, but I DO remember that song!! Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Chatty Crone said...

I loved the Sunday funnies - but I don't remember this one. Sandie

Mevely317 said...

I vaguely remember this! We always called them the 'Sunday funnies.' Mother always took Dick Tracy and Dagwood/Blondie. I loved Hi & Lois; not so much the superheroes.
One of the things I remember best, my former hubby always saved the comics and used them for (gift) wrapping paper.

yaya said...

I remember the song but not the comic. I remember looking forward to the Sunday comics and Dad's favorite was always B.C...and I also like using silly putty to press on the comic and make a copy! We still have boys on bikes delivering the papers and also many parents driving cars with kids delivering them too. Prices have gone up quite a bit for our little small town paper that doesn't have much news in it but the comics in black and white are still there!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

When I was in 5th or 6th grade I had a newspaper delivery job. I guess, technically, that was my first "paying" job! Had to get up really early, fold and rubber band the papers individually, load them on my bike, and off I went trying to chuck the paper from my moving bike onto someones front porch. I lived in a very mountainous area, so it was a tough job. My how times have changed!

Lisa said...

We use to fight over the comic page of the news paper and then there was the “funny page” that came out once a week with jokes, games, interesting facts and the school lunch menu.
I was brought up to never read horoscopes. Still today, I find it sinful.

Happy Monday

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I do miss the Sunday funnies and getting the newspaper delivered to my home every day!. it's not half as much fun reading them on line.

Sheila Y said...

We called them funny papers and funny books...then to comic books. I used to buy the small thicker Archie comic books for Cori until she moved on to anime. I kept a list of the ones she had in my purse so I didn’t buy one she already had. Daddy liked reading them too.
Love from down here, Sheila