Morning with the Fosdicks

This morning’s name was Fosdick — a famous liberal minister and also an outrageous cartoon character. Harry Emerson Fosdick. Fearless Fosdick.

According to the Internet Surname Database, the name is an old Lincolnshire family name, derived from the Lincolnshire place name Fosdyke ‘Foot’s dyke’, involving the byname or nickname Foot and the Old English dic ‘ditch, dyke’ (serving for defense); penises are not involved. The name is variously spelled Forsdick, Forsdike, Forsdyke, Fosdyke and Fosdick.

Harry Emerson Fosdick. From Wikipedia:

Harry Emerson Fosdick (May 24, 1878 – October 5, 1969) was an American pastor. Fosdick became a central figure in the “Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy” within American Protestantism in the 1920s and 1930s and was one of the most prominent liberal ministers of the early 20th Century. Although a Baptist, he was a guest preacher in New York City, at First Presbyterian Church in Manhattan’s West Village, and then at the historic, inter-denominational Riverside Church in Morningside Heights, Manhattan.


Fearless Fosdick. From Wikipedia:

Fearless Fosdick is a long-running parody of Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy. It appeared intermittently as a strip-within-a-strip, in Al Capp’s satirical hillbilly comic strip, Li’l Abner (1934–1977).


More from Toonopedia:

Fosdick is a parody of Tracy, grossly exaggerated for comic effect from his square-jawed profile to his propensity for mayhem beyond all reason. While Tracy may get shot at from time to time, Fosdick, after a gun battle, will sport “mere flesh wounds” that consist of large, clean, round holes going right through him, with daylight showing from the other side.


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