Have a Gay Old Time in comic strips.
- There's a The Far Side cartoon of a bunch of scientists watching a movie featuring a caveman skeleton and the title "IT CAME FROM OLDUVAI". The caption: "Anthro horror films." This obviously refers to anthropologists, but now it would indicate something very different.
- Krazy Kat:
- "Making love" shows up at times , in what is probably the original sweet-talk sense, as opposed to the down-and-dirty one.
- A strip in which Ignatz's ancestor, in love with Krazy's ancestor (a queen), is apprehended by her guards: "How dare he get gay with our sainted "Kat"!" Since Krazy is not consistently female, well...
- Prince Valiant also uses the phrase "making love" quite frequently.
- There was a comic strip in the early 1900's called Foxy Grandpa, "foxy" in this case meant tricky and cunning, as it was about a grandfather outwitting his mischievous grandkids. Nowadays, the phrase "foxy grandpa" brings to mind something else entirely.
- Many early Broons and Oor Wullie comics had characters using the word "Gey" (pronounced like "guy", but when written down...), a now-obsolete eastern Scottish word for "Very". It wasn't unusual for characters to remark: "That's gey queer" when something odd was up! Another strip in particular had Horace refer to Gran'paw as a "Deif auld faggot", "faggot" at the time in Scotland meaning something tired and/or useless.
- In a September 1937 strip of Little Orphan Annie where Annie tells her foster parents, the Brittlewits, about three criminals who tried to kidnap her and two of her classmates we have a very nice example. What makes it extra funny is the way Mr. Brittlewit seems to be as aware of the trope as the readers are.Annie: It was a snatch, all right. They tried to grab us all.
Mr. Brittlewit: What language! Is that what you learn in school?
- Jennie and Jack, also the Little Dog Jap: The eponymous dog has a name that would be considered a slur these days. "Jap" back then was a moderately common name, a variant on "Jaap", a diminutive Dutch form of Jacob.
- Mort Walker's strip Boner's Ark. Poor Captain Boner and Miss Boner.
- L. Frank Baum had a newspaper strip for a time called Queer Visitors From The Marvelous Road to Oz.