Aside from the fact that a Sid Vicious visit to Nancy would be totally awesome, we must again confront facts: "Kids don't read comics anymore." Why, oh why, not?
Let's take Peanuts
for example. A great strip in its day, yes. In any list of all-time greats, Peanuts has to be at or near the top. It really set the standard for a lot of the better strips we see today. Personally, I think The Boondocks
is the closest thing in the comics today to the legacy left by Peanuts
. Blasphemy, I know. But it's little kids doing and saying things you don't expect for them to do and say. Same goes for South Park
on tv. A little edgier than Peanuts
, yes, and a little more crass, too. But it's 2006, and what was edgy in the early 60s just ain't edgy today.
So, for the record: Peanuts
WAS great. Note the past tense. It is no longer great, because it no longer technically exists except in memory. Joe DiMaggio was great, but if we exhumed him and trotted him out to play outfield for the Yankees, chances are we'd wonder why they were letting a dead guy play in the place of Johnny Damon. And, yeah, Johnny D looked like a gross caveman, and some people don't like the "edginess" of a player looking so unkempt, but he's a good player, and, well, Joe D is, you know, DEAD. Speaking of Peanuts
and baseball, this was the week for some Peanuts
That's right, Lucy, I bet Casey Stengel
doesn't yell at his players. In fact, I guarantee it, seeing that he last managed in 1965
, and there's also the little problem that, you know, he died in 1975
. In fact, Microsoft Word doesn't even recognize "Stengel" (it suggests "stingily").
Why don't children read the comics today? A joke with a punch line about someone who died when I was two years old is a clue. Do people under the age of 30, or for that matter 40, really know who Casey Stengel was?? I am a raving lunatic of a baseball fan, so, yeah, I get it. But your random 12 year old? 25 year old? 37 year old? Replace "Casey Stengel" with "Joe Torre" and, while not hilarious, must of the country under the age of 50 would "get" the joke.(And I hate the Yankees, I don't know why I keep bringing them into my baseball arguments).
It's things like this, and the recent results of an Orange County Register
comics poll (details here
if you care to be totally bummed about the tastes of today's readers) that lend credence to the fact that, although the comics are nominally for the kids, they are really for old people. I have NOTHING against that. All segments of our society need their entertainment niche. I only posit that when the funny pages are CLEARLY geared toward the 75+ crowd, you have an answer to why kids don't read the comics today.