We often talk about how the amount of nudity that artists put into their "strips" may be a bare-o-meter of societal attitudes. Nudist cartoons seem to be disappearing from our funny pages, though we see The Simpsons in the buff on our TV screens.
But here's a bit of historical trivia for you: Did you know that in the early 60's cartoonists Mort Walker and Dik Browne showed appreciation for receiving two coveted awards that year by drawing a "thank you" panel that showed the family bare so as to replicate the style of the trophies? It's true. Though tastefully drawn, with Lois partially draped, she shows her figure and the whole rest of the crew isn't wearing more than they were born (first sketched?) with.
Mort and Dik couldn't be accused of fearing the birthday suit after that panel, which you can find on a history of the strip by clicking bare victory trophy for cartoonist . Scroll down until you read about awards season / a year for awards. Sigh. We can't imagine a cartoonist would show their appreciation in this way in this day and age. We LIKED your style Mr. Walker and Mr. Browne.
Come to think of it, this discovery may earn Mort and Dik one more trophy ... a Walter award from the Bare Platypus team!
12/5/13 Update: The sbove link now takes you to the wrong page as new pages are added to the High and Lois blog. Look fot March 13 2013 entry and you should find it.