Fractured Fitzgerald

Zippy continues today with another set of burlesques on quotations from famous writers:

F. Scott Fitzgerald, in the ridiculous guise of F-Stop Fitznebbish, and (like those who have preceded him) caricatured in a Pinhead muumuu.

Panel 1 takes off from a letter Fitzgerald wrote (from Hollywood) on July 29th, 1940:

Isn’t Hollywood a dump—in the human sense of the word. A hideous town, pointed up by the insulting gardens of its rich, full of the human spirit at a new low of debasement.

This has been turned into a catalogue of things from a town dump, plus unproduced screenplays.

Panel 2 has material from two sources: from Fizgerald’s notebooks, in Notebook E, the famous:

Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.

And then from The Great Gatsby:

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

Boats against the current is transformed into coats all dense with courants (currants in an odd spelling, continuing the food theme?), and past becomes pesto (more food).

Panel 3 introduces material from popular culture, namely the actor Val Kilmer as the Dark Knight (not Night) Batman in Joel Schumacher’s 1995 Batman Forever, and Kilmer is folded into the Gatsby quote, complete with pesto.



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