A very "adult" joke in "The Prisoner of White Agony Creek"

Jonathan H. Gray jongraywb at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 30 19:43:53 CEST 2007

I was wondering just how long it would take for somebody to get to that. I'm 
surprised that when it originally came out in its origin printing it didn't 
cause more of a furor than this.

Personally, when I saw the line I howled. I found absolutely nothing wrong 
with it. It's not like there were any jokes followed by UNF UNF UNF or wild 
thrustings going on in the next panel or something. Sure one can argue that, 
"Well it's Disney comics man! Comics are meant for kids! NO DOUBLE 
ENTENDRE'S ARE NEEDED HERE! SHOO! SCAT! GIT!" but in this case its not as if 
it were raunchy or flat out lewd or blatant or whatever.

It's kinda like....

If you're a kid, that joke is going to go so far over your head unless 
you're just well beyond your years on certain things. If you're an adult its 
something to snicker at and keep on reading. No sense in being prudish and 
making a big deal about it. Now if we were actually getting jokes of a 
sexual nature and it went beyond just that one line, THEN I'd complain about 
it, cause something like that is just plain tacky and uncalled for. But I 
think that the joke was tasteful enough that it wasnt tacky and was actually 
quite silly in retrospect. A line should be drawn somewhere I think (after 
all, we don't want Pegleg Pete turning into Fritz the Cat ;)) but we don't 
want our scrappy and witty Mickey and Minnie turning into a saccharine and 
sanitized Archie and Betty either.

Is it any different from Floyd Gottfredson drawing curvaceous pinup girls 
(Mimi in "The World of Tomorrow" or Drusilla in "House of Mystery") in 
Mickey Mouse comics or to put a more modern spin on it Jessica Rabbit who 
"isn't bad but is just drawn that way" in both the movie and the respective 
comics? To the more traditional type, perhaps, but others milages may vary. 
Something to ponder about, because in the end its all about taste and 
everyones tastes and definitions thereof *do* differ.

On a side note: I personally like my comics more when A) they don't talk 
down to me and treat me like I have a brain and a personality B) don't read 
like sanitized regurgitated kiddie pap and C) aren't violent and/or lewd for 
violence and lewdnesses sake. I always have been like this - even as a kid 
which is why I was very picky about my comics. Disney in particular - minus 
that utterly horrid Marvel expiriment with the DA generation characters - 
has been pretty good about that. I see no difference here.

Jonathan H. Gray

>From: "Francesco Spreafico" <francesco.spreafico at gmail.com>
>To: <dcml at nafsk.se>
>Subject: Re: A very "adult" joke in "The Prisoner of White Agony Creek"
>Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 15:15:53 +0200
>GGK wrote:
> > …But on other hand having a sex jokes in a Uncel Scrooge comic?!
>I see no problem in that joke. A kid who doesn't know anything about sex
>will see nothing strange in it. Someone, older, who knows about sex, will
>just grin for the joke. And that's pretty much it, isn't it?

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