NEWS – The Anniversary Guitar Strap

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it but my wife, Jolean, is kind of a terrific artist. Her own stuff is primarily abstract but the pictures below are details from a guitar strap she painted for me as a gift for our first anniversary. All are comic book or cartoon characters I have a special love for.strap 1

Above, upside down, is the wolf from such Tex Avery cartoons as “Red Hot Riding Hood” and “Dumb-Hounded” in full reactive glory. Below it is the shmoo, a recurring character in Al Capp’s L’il Abner. The Urban Dictionary describes the shmoo as “a small lovable creature. It laid eggs, gave milk, and died of sheer ecstacy when looked at with hunger. The shmoo loved to be eaten and could taste like any food you desire. Shmoo hide, cut thin, made a fine leather. Even shmoo whiskers made excellent toothpicks. The shmoo had the power to supply the whole world with all of its’ wants and needs. The shmoo reproduces asexually, and only requires air to stay alive.” I often call Samara Shmoo.

strap 2

Below the shmoo is Little Helper, the assistant of Gyro Gearloose, both characters created to appear in Scrooge McDuck comic books by the great Scrooge auteur, Carl Barks. Gearloose is an inventor whose products never seem to work out right and Little Helper, well, helps.strap 3

Under Little Helper, antlers down, is Jay Ward’s masterstroke, Bullwinkle J. Moose, resident of Frostbite Falls, friend to Rocket J. Squirrel, foe of Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale, weather prognosticator and a thousand other things I could recite in my sleep.strap 4

And below Bullwinkle, the richest duck in Duckburg, world explorer and abject miser, Scrooge McDuck whose stories were written and drawn by Carl Barks. Why does he want all that money? “I like to dive around in my money like a porpoise! And burrow through it like a gopher! And toss it up and let it hit me on the head!” And that’s why! If you’ve never read a Scrooge story, go and do so now. It’s like “Raiders” except the characters have personalities.strap 5

Finally, below Scrooge is Homer Simpson, in this case Rasta Homer. I’m sure you’re all familiar with this fellow so I’ll just credit Matt Groenig, thank him for the still-ongoing years of delight and move on. Aren’t they all terrific? Beautifully done? Well chosen? I love it. Next time I post something by Jolean it’ll be her more serious work but for now, here you go.

 

One Response to “NEWS – The Anniversary Guitar Strap”

  1. oldhallowellday Says:

    jealous.

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