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Friday, September 04, 2015

Number 1783: Dem Dizzy Dames

As a title, Dizzy Dames sounds sexist, but in the context of its times, the early fifties, to me it seems more situation comedy. “Broadway Babes,” is a funny story of two young women trying to break into show biz so they can pay the rent. What is sexist about that?

The gags featuring the cab driver actually forced a smile onto my normally dour face, and a laugh bubbled up from within me. (I made an effort not to let it be heard by others, in order to preserve my reputation as a grouch.)

ACG is not given enough credit for its line of funny comics, drawn and written by animation professionals. The Grand Comics Database doesn’t list a writer or artist for this story, but both are top-notch. Dizzy Dames did not have a long run, only six issues. Maybe it just got lost on the crowded newsstands of the era. From issue #2 (1952):










9 comments:

7f7f3e2a-4856-11e4-900a-bb8e57f8828f said...

Thanks, Pappy. Funny story and a pleasure to see the art.

J_D_La_Rue_67 said...

They're a funny couple. Light-hearted humor and very nice art (a quick search lead me to Owen Fitzgerald). I can think of many other comics, which are more "sexist".
Unfortunately my mind is blank for names this morning. Let's say from Male Call to Sally Forth...
Good comparison with Sitcoms. Maybe they need a male room mate to help them pay the rent.

Pappy said...

Thanks, J D...Owen Fitzgerald is an artist to consider.

I know the sitcom you are referring to.

As for sexist, that was probably a bad term to use. I turn on my television and sexist portrayals of women in programs and commercials are blatant. I still watch.

Pappy said...

7f7, nice to hear from you. Thanks for the note.

Alicia American said...

We luv Dizzery Dames its just like me & my sis Deb yo whats sexist about girls gettin in2 show biz yo?

Pappy said...

Nothing at all about wanting to get into show biz, Alicia...when I wrote the post I was more concerned with the title, Dizzy Dames, which to me sounded sexist. At the time one of the male presidential candidates was being chided publicly for his comments about women, and it affected what I wrote.

Alicia American said...

I wish I culd go back 2 1952 w/tha Dizzery Dames yo! Evrything was classerier back than, peeps evan lookd fashionable wen they got evicteded yo. I bet evan tha cell phones wer lots more stylerish OMG!

Pappy said...

Alicia, regardless of the era, I'm sure you would be STYLIN'!

J_D_La_Rue_67 said...

"I bet evan tha cell phones wer lots more stylerish"... :-D

Those things were called walkie-talkies.
I remember working with one AN/PRC-something while doing my service in 88/89.
Huge, battered tool. Always thought it came to us straight from Saigon. Hope they got new models now.