Saturday, October 2, 2021

Review of 'More “Who’s In Charge Here?”' by Gerald Gardner

 Review of

More “Who’s In Charge Here?” by Gerald Gardner

Three out of five stars

Public figures with inserted gag lines

 This book takes photos of public figures and inserts gag dialog balloons. While a few of them are admittedly funny, others are very lame, even for the early sixties. There is a famous photo of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and John Kennedy, and the dialog balloon emanates from Khrushchev, and he is saying, “Same to you fella.” There is another with Richard Nixon and a black man with a dual dialog balloon where they are saying, “Swa-nee, how I love ya-“

 This book was no doubt considered funny when it was published, but the humor simply has not aged well. In most cases it is also necessary for the reader to recognize the primary personalities in the images. Without that, there is little opportunity for the image plus caption to be considered funny.

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