History ComicStrip / BringingUpFather

16th Feb '15 6:40:37 AM TrustBen
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''Bringing Up Father'' is a retired newspaper comic strip debuting in 1913 (written by George Mc Manus) and ending in 2000, featuring the day-to-day life of "Jiggs", an Irish-American with a habit for drinking, brawling and being generally uncouth, and his long-suffering, abusive wife Maggie, who is constantly trying to get the family into "society". The over-reaching gag is that Jiggs prefers the simple life, eating corn beef and hash, drinking and partying with his buddies, and lazing about, while social-climbing Maggie beats him over the head with various utensils while attempting to force Jiggs into more civilized behavior- dressing up, meeting other rich folk, travelling the world, and more. Filling out the recurring cast is their daughter Catie, a pretty, but horrifically spoiled, young woman who shares her mother's social-climbing tendencies, and recieves dozens of marriage proposals from wealthy Dukes, Generals, and businessmen.

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''Bringing Up Father'' is a retired newspaper comic strip debuting in 1913 (written by George Mc Manus) [=McManus=]) and ending in 2000, featuring the day-to-day life of "Jiggs", an Irish-American with a habit for drinking, brawling and being generally uncouth, and his long-suffering, abusive wife Maggie, who is constantly trying to get the family into "society". The over-reaching gag is that Jiggs prefers the simple life, eating corn beef and hash, drinking and partying with his buddies, and lazing about, while social-climbing Maggie beats him over the head with various utensils while attempting to force Jiggs into more civilized behavior- dressing up, meeting other rich folk, travelling the world, and more. Filling out the recurring cast is their daughter Catie, a pretty, but horrifically spoiled, young woman who shares her mother's social-climbing tendencies, and recieves dozens of marriage proposals from wealthy Dukes, Generals, and businessmen.



* ExecutiveMeddling: As a Hearst newspaper strip, Bringing Up Father reflected it's bosses' political beliefs. Particularly a pro-Germany stance in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI (from Jiggs' perspective), which went against the majority of American opinion.



* ShownTheirWork: George Mc Manus was a ''very'' thorough researcher, designing all the women's clothes based off of the latest Parisian fashions.

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* ShownTheirWork: George Mc Manus [=McManus=] was a ''very'' thorough researcher, designing all the women's clothes based off of the latest Parisian fashions.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: When George Mc Manus died, the strip was expected to be handed over to his apprentice, who could easily replicate his art style. Instead, it inexplicably went to a series of imitators who weren't nearly as good, and the strip faltered horribly until its demise.
28th Aug '14 10:03:04 AM MisterBeeg
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** Parodied by ''Magazine/MAD'' with "Bringing Back Father", where the domestic abuse was played seriously.

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** Parodied by ''Magazine/MAD'' ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' with "Bringing Back Father", where the domestic abuse was played seriously.
28th Aug '14 10:02:07 AM MisterBeeg
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** Parodied by ''[[Magazine/MAD]]'' with "Bringing Back Father", where the domestic abuse was played seriously.

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** Parodied by ''[[Magazine/MAD]]'' ''Magazine/MAD'' with "Bringing Back Father", where the domestic abuse was played seriously.
28th Aug '14 10:01:43 AM MisterBeeg
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** Parodied by ''[[Magazine/MAD]]'' with "Bringing Back Father", where the domestic abuse was played seriously.
20th Jun '14 12:07:26 AM HFGHSXHGBHNJ
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29th Apr '14 8:44:33 PM Angeldeb82
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* AbuseIsOkayWhenItIsFemaleOnMale: The strip just wouldn't work without this.



* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: The strip just wouldn't work without this.



* ShownTheirWork: George Mc Manus was a ''very'' thorough researcher, designing all the women's clothes based off of the latest Parisian fashions.



* ShownTheirWork: George Mc Manus was a ''very'' thorough researcher, designing all the women's clothes based off of the latest Parisian fashions.



* UglyGuysHotDaughter: Jiggs and Maggie are hideous, cartoonish exaggerations, while their daughter Catie is drawn as a typical turn-of-the-century beautiful chorus girl.

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* UglyGuysHotDaughter: TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: Jiggs and Maggie are hideous, cartoonish exaggerations, while their daughter Catie is drawn as a typical turn-of-the-century beautiful chorus girl.
25th Jan '14 6:05:30 PM slcio
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24th Jan '14 1:36:02 PM LongLiveHumour
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* ExecutiveMeddling: As a Hearst newspaper strip, Bringing Up Father reflected it's bosses' political beliefs. Particularly a pro-Germany stance in WorldWarI (from Jiggs' perspective), which went against the majority of American opinion.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: As a Hearst newspaper strip, Bringing Up Father reflected it's bosses' political beliefs. Particularly a pro-Germany stance in WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI (from Jiggs' perspective), which went against the majority of American opinion.



* WorldWarI: The strip's second year featured the outbreak of hostilities, and it was referenced quite often (the characters had just ended a large world tour).

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* WorldWarI: UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: The strip's second year featured the outbreak of hostilities, and it was referenced quite often (the characters had just ended a large world tour).
18th Jan '12 4:05:17 AM Kinswaous
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* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Jiggs loves corned beef with cabbage. Justified in-universe by him being a first-generation Irish-American.
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