6. January 2006

Alfred E. Neuman(n)

Filed under: Uncategorized — elex @ 15:26


The name was in use long before Mad magazine came out — on Henry Morgan’s old radio show, for one thing; and for another, it was the name of a real-life classical music conductor. The face goes back even farther. It appears on patent medicine labels, signs for roadside eateries, political propaganda etc. (often including his famous slogan, “What, me worry?”, or a recognizable variant) going back to the beginning of the 20th century. A little more, in fact, considering the character’s more-than-passing resemblance to comics’ first superstar, The Yellow Kid. And when Mad did start using both the name and the face, at first it didn’t even link them to the same character.

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