Thursday, 12 April 2018
Gahan Wilson's Nuts
Nuts ran in the National Lampoon from 1972 to 1986, and was by the king of weird and disturbing cartooning, Gahan Wilson.
Wilson has said that the strip was a reaction to Peanuts ( hence the title ), accusing Charles Schulz of sentimentalizing the idea of childhood, and not representing that time as it really is.
Whether you agree with him or not, we should all produce something as great through being annoyed about somebody's else's work.
Nuts is the dark end of childhood, it's protagonist ( know only as The Kid ) constantly bemused, confused and overwhelmed by the adult-run world he finds himself in. In fact, the editors at NatLamp quite often accused Wilson himself of over-sentimentalizing, and urged him to go even darker.
Here's a selection, starting with a piece that'll ring true to every single person looking at this site.