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Monday, January 23, 2017
Sick #91, 1 of 3
Another Monday, another issue of Sick, this issue is #91 from July 1972. The cover is by Joe Simon.
Inside front and back cover of the issue.
People younger than me always give me a blank look whenever I make a reference to All In the Family or Archie Bunker. When I explain it to them, they find it hard to believe the show ever existed. You could never have such a show now. Today it's just remembered as a show about a guy who calls his son-in-law a Meathead and has a wife who sings badly, but it would still shock today. The first few episodes were mainly about “white flight”, and a typical show had ethnic slurs that could never be aired now, even when taken back. It's dated in that even as late as the early seventies, acknowledging a house has a bathroom or showing a married couple sharing a bed, or even anyone saying the word “sex”, was considered dirty for TV, but it's nothing you'd think twice about if it were in a Pixar movie. It's the racial humor that's somewhat more shocking now, even though it's making fun of prejudice.
The pictures of Nixon are from previous issue. Don't know if I mentioned this before, but I have the hunch there was a tight budget for the magazine, considering most of the articles either didn't have artists or were reprints.
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Much of the material here is at least a generation old and therefore sometimes has racist and sexist standards we wouldn't conform to today. I try, but can't always do a line-item veto. Remember, if something has stereotypes it's posted in spite of them and not because of them. You're not wrong to be offended, think of it like a friend you like hanging out with 95% of the time but once in a while they embarrass you. My own attitude is to move forward.
Many of the images I posted between 2011-2013 were disappeared by the image bank I was using then but I still have most of the scans and am bringing them back slowly. Be patient.
Some people don't realize you can make images bigger by clicking on them or that there are earlier postings beyond this page. Well, now you know. You're welcome.
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