Between 1956 and 1966, Jules Feiffer drew a satirical comic strip (initially called Sick, Sick, Sick) for The Village Voice. All the strips have been reprinted in a volume titled The Explainers, which I’m working my way through. I read a lot of them originally in the 60s, when they started to be collected in paperback editions.
Reading them today, I’m struck by how relevant they remain. The specific cultural references have dated, but the issues — unpopular wars, political hypocrisy, insufferable hipsterism, manic consumerism and discombobulated gender relations — are depressingly au courant.
They chart the Age Of Anxiety as it transformed into the Age Of Hysteria, neither all that different from the current Age Of Hysterical Anxiety. Their wit seems as sharp as ever — not always the case with satire as it ages — and their insights as acute.
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