Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Mammy vs. Robot (Charleston Gazette, 1937)

This Li'l Abner comic by Al Capp ran in the July 18, 1937 edition of the Charleston Gazette (Charleston, West Virginia).

See also:
Donald Duck's "Modern Inventions" (1937)
All's Fair at the Fair (1938)


Dave said...

Thanks for sharing this!

The professor refers to his robot as perfect, yet capable of being a “savage” and “murderous.” This early development of the robot archetype seems to parallel attitudes toward Native Americans in early American history. I would be interested to see if this is merely a coincidence, or if this appears in other comics as well.


Anonymous said...

Why does Mammy wear CFM boots?

Anonymous said...

What is he fixin' to do?

Brandy said...

Hmmm, there are a LOT of interesting things going on in this comic!!!

First, the 2 scientists, or "Older Freud" and "Younger Freud" as I refer to them, switch places when they are shown. Hmmm, did they stop for lunch somewhere?

And if you knew your robot could smell, first off, congrats, that is a REALLY hard thing to do! Second off, if a fairly common smell will make it violate a Law of Robotics, perhaps turning off that circuit would be advisable.

And then, these Freudian appearing scientists are ignorant regarding fetishism and S&M? I know places who would pay BIG BUCKS for a submissive fetish slave that is indestructible, if a bit literal...

Lastly, Mammy is HOT!