Friday, November 13, 2009

57 Books from the University Book Sale: Book 12

Title: You're A Riot, Andy Capp
Author: Smythe
Cover artist: Smythe

Yours for: SOLD 9/18/10

The follow-up to the hugely successful "Andy Capp Sounds Off," "Andy Capp Strikes Back," and "Andy Capp Beats His Wife Into a Coma Then Has a Pint of Stout and Watches Rugby"

Page 123 (or thereabouts) ~


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Deb said...

Oh yes, alcoholic, dead-beat, wife-beater. No wonder he's so popular!

Rex Parker said...

I like how the finger-pointer on the cover has shoes that stink so bad, they emit a leaping cotton ball of stink.

JamiSings said...

I thought his wife always beat him. After all, she's always coming after him with that rolling pin.

And man, Rex, that "Your's For A Song" bit is really making me want to joke about how if I sing for you will you send it? LOL

Frank said...

Yeah, Rex, I was going to ask just what the hell that cotton ball thing is supposed to signify. And am I just dense, or does anyone else not quite know what they're doing in the second panel on the cover? It looks like they're about to start making out.

I never knew Andy Capp was an actual comic strip. I just knew him (vaguely) from the Hot Fries. How on earth did THAT synergy take place?

Deb said...

Frank--Andy Capp was a huge cartoon character in England in the 1960s (and obviously at least through the early 1970s, based on the copyright date of this book). The comic strip was carried in most newspapers (except, of course, The Times). It tells you something about the tenor of the day that the constant drinking, smoking, and domestic abuse (whichever spouse was doing the beating) was considered a source of humor. Of course, there was also a class issue involved because Flo and Andy are clearly working-class.

Incidently, I think that foot-bubble thing is supposed to indicate smoke or dust, in that the character saw Andy Capp and rushed to meet him at the corner. Or maybe I'm just overthinking the whole thing.

Anonymous said...

Frank, I think that's intended to signify that he's just jumped out from behind that corner, where he's been waiting to ambush Andy with his unreasonable demand for repayment.

Alix said...

We used to have a ton of Andy Capp books in the basement... oh, I miss them! Apparently he and Flo no longer beat each other up, they go for counseling instead. Yawn.

JamiSings said...

Darn PC crowd, always ruining everything. I like my Andy Capp to include lots of roller pin induced violence.

And yeah, the little dustball means that guy moved/jumped very quickly.

Georgiana said...

Andy Capp sounds lot like handicap, doesn't it?

Deniz Bevan said...

Yay, Andy Capp! Are you still giving this one away?