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The D&Q blog says yes.
No. Wham-O, the inventor of Silly String, the Hula Hoop, Frisbee, and Super Balls “invented” Kramers Ergot #7, by publishing Wham-O Comics #1.
And wasn’t Kramer’s Ergot #7 inspired by the giant Sunday comics broadsheets of Little Nemo and Gasoline Alley?
Back when comic strips were printed big, and Dick Tracy watched tv on his iPod, I mean Wristwatch.
Thank you for the tip-off, Torsten. I found a 5 dollar copy of that Wham-O on Ebay, it looks SICK!
It’s wrong to dis Ergot though. Using a formula is in no way the same as claiming to have discovered the formula. Did those guys ever try to claim that they invented the format they were using? If they did, they’d be silly. But they didn’t, so far as I know. Further more, oversized comics are nothing new even by 1967 standards– I have some old oversized Disneys which stretch back considerably further into the past than the 60s, and that’s not even taking Nemo and Hearst and Punch into consideration.
…not that I think you’re dissing Ergot, Torsten. I did read your post, you know what I’m getting at here.
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