Jim Dultz

A cartoonist, with this cartoon in the May issue of Funny Times:

(#1)

This works pretty well as a pun in print — Oedipus Rex / Oedipus Rx — with the mother theme and the prescription theme combined. Apparently there are people who treat the abbreviation Rx as an initialism /ar ɛks/, a noun meaning ‘prescription’ (“an Rx for Viagra”), and for them Oedipus Rx works as a (moderately distant) pun in pronunciation as well.

Now: more on this, a note on the cartoonist, and a couple more punning cartoons from him.

Oedipus Rex. From Wikipedia:

Oedipus the King (Ancient Greek: Οἰδίπους Τύραννος, Oidipous Tyrannos), also known by its Latin title Oedipus Rex, is an Athenian tragedy by Sophocles that was first performed about 429 BC.

Oedipus the King tells the story of Oedipus, a man who becomes the king of Thebes, whilst in the process unwittingly fulfilling a prophecy that he would kill his father Laius and marry his mother Jocasta.

Hence the Mothers Day reference in #1.

Jim Dultz. In the “About Me” section of his webpage:

Jim Dultz was born in Los Angeles, CA. before color TV, so he drew cartoons and created puppet shows to amuse himself.

After attending Art Center, he jumped into LA’s thriving film industry where he climbed the art department ladder until he reached the top step, which, he found, required a safety harness.

Having designed “Team America: World Police”, “Muppets Tonight”, and a slew of other TV shows and movies (many featuring puppets), Jim moved to the country with his present wife, Ellen Osborne, (an artist and animator), and promptly picked up a poodle and three feral cats, with whom he shares his food, and more than that.

Cartoonists’ bios are sometimes minimal and uninformative, or more often whimsical. Dultz’s is moderately informative but definitely whimsical.

Dultz’s cartoons. A great many of these are pun-based. Here are two more:

(#2)

(#3)

#2 shows Mr. Potato Head and his son, here called Spud. On the toy Mr. Potato Head, see this posting of mine:  #2 there is a Mother Goose and Grimm cartoon featuring the toy, with information about it.

#3 plays on the noun level in the following sense (from NOAD2):

a device consisting of a sealed glass tube partially filled with alcohol or other liquid, containing an air bubble whose position reveals whether a surface is perfectly level or plumb. Also called spirit level, bubble level.

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