Easter Cats!

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easter-eggs.jpg My dear wife, Cathy, makes up a little Easter basket and decorates eggs with her wonderful drawings each year. She found a little egg-shaped wooden cat head at a local store and re-created it’s face on one of the eggs. The other egg is a small Japanese ceramic cat she found in the same store which she named “Sake Cat”; this one was an Anniversary gift. Now they are both featured on Easter eggs. If you go to Itza Cat’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/someothercat, you’ll see another one of Cathy’s Easter egg creations featuring Itza’s face.

easter-basket.jpg Here’s a cozy shot of our Easter basket, made up by Cathy. In it, you’ll see a dark chocolate bunny, a couple of Cadbury Caramel eggs (my favorite), a jar of apple butter and some cloth roses. We’re still sampling the delicacies, well into April. I gave Cathy a special card and about 10 pink roses, so it wasn’t an entirely one-sided Easter. It was a happy, peaceful and memorable one.

felix-8-13-to-8-19-34.jpg Felix, from 8-13 to 8-19-1934, at last foils the robber who has been in a black-face disguise to fool the police. The disguise works until a stray bullet punctures a water pipe and washes off the burnt cork. In the Sunday, Felix tightrope-walks over to an immense battle ship and locks the Admiral in his cabin with the whole crew standing at attention. The crafty cat then proceeds to eat his dinner in the Officer’s Mess. The “Funny Films” topper features a black artful dodger, if you put the toy together you can see him dodge the baseballs that Felix throws at his head. If you want to see Popeye throwing balls at another black dodger, just find the first Fleischer Popeye cartoon (actually a Betty Boop) called: “Popeye the Sailor”.

Here’s Myrtle from 5-17 to 5-23-1948. My favorites this week? The 5-18, one of those “makes you think” gags, where Myrtle is wearing her pajamas underneath her skirt as she writes on the blackboard, and the 5-21, a Fisher Fantasy touch as the vacuum cleaner sucks up a cookie crumb and burps, sending Myrtle to the corner. I also found the Sunday page called “Another New House” where the whole neighborhood has fun with a steam-shovel, including Hyacinth the cat!

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Here’s Krazy, from 8-24 to 8-29-1942. The first three strips feature the infrequently featured character, Mr. Bum Bill Bee. In the 8-27, Krazy seems to be suggesting the “heavy light” of Neutron Stars, or is he just being silly? The 8-29 strip doesn’t register with me, I can’t remember the “old watermelon gag” that Offissa Pupp is referring to. Does Ignatz usually hide inside a watermelon each year? Maybe one of my readers can help crack this Kat puzzler. UPDATE: The mighty Pat Ventura, cartoonist extraordinaire has shed light on this Kat puzzler. Here: krazy-sunday-7-11-27.jpg is the Sunday page from 7-11-1927 in which Ignatz not only hides in a watermelon, but goes over a waterfall in it. Look at the comments below to find out more about this page. If the Kats will stay out of the Korn field, I should be back before the end of the month with another post filled with comics, including the next batch of Yogi Bear Sundays. Remember to click on any image to enlarge it. krazy-8-24-to-8-29-42.jpg

3 Responses to “Easter Cats!”

  1. Nice Easter designs! Looks like you two had fun.

    The Japanese cat is actually “maneki neko” (literally “beckoning cat”, but also called “welcoming cat”, “lucky cat”, or “money cat” in English). You see them in entrances of Japanese stores and restaurants. They’re believed to bring good luck to the owner.

    They either have its left paw or right paw raised. Raised left paw is said to bring in customers, while a raised right paw brings in good luck and wealth. The one you have has a raised right paw, so it looks like you have luck coming your way!

    I remember seeing these when I was still living in Japan. They’re pretty ubiquitous.

  2. Pat Ventura says:

    Mark, There’s a watermelon gag in the July 11, 1927 Krazy Kat strip where Ignatz hides inside a watermelon.

    It’s in reprinted this book:
    http://www.amazon.com/Krazy-Ignatz-1927-1928-Letters-Ancient/dp/1560975075/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429631680&sr=8-1&keywords=krazy+and+ignatz+1927-1928

    I have this book and it’s worth having.

    Pat

  3. Mark says:

    Hi Pat,
    Thanks for the tip on Ignatz and the watermelon. I found the book and will update the blog, thanks to your Kat Knowledge! Thanks for reading Itza’a blog!
    Hi Charles,
    Thanks for the info on the Japanese cat statue. I’m glad to know it’s raised right paw means good luck! Domo arigato! Y’know “Gato” is cat in Spanish!
    Yours, Mark and Itza

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