On Cartoon “violence”

Years ago, when Mort was starting out with Beetle, an editor told him he should have Beetle beaten up once a week. Since then, it’s become one of the recurring gags in the strip. Of course, that was back in the days when slapstick humor was more common. People used to howl at the Keystone Kops and the Three Stooges and others. Maybe not as much anymore in the newspapers but slapstick is alive and well in movies and TV. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen people blown up or run over by cars on late night TV.