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April 14, 2009

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Pat Curley

Check out the song National Brotherhood Week by Tom Lehrer; mildly subversive but a pretty funny takedown of the whole concept.

If you ever get a chance, I do recommend the early Bob Hope comics; they are much better than anyone would expect with Oksner art and lots of funny situations with Hope dodging his landlady and the boyfriends/fathers of the cute gals he manages to meet. Among all the DC characters, Bob was definitely the Casanova.

The odd thing about the PSAs is that they tended to use DC's older characters. Archie/Reggie clones like Buzzy and Wolfie, for example, appeared long after they were history in DC's lineup.

Mark Engblom

Yeah, I wrote about "Cassanova Hope" in a previous Cover-to-Cover post (which I link to in the above post with the phrase "comic books"). I know it was done in good fun, but I've always found the girl-chasing Hope of the DC Comics series kinda weird and disturbing. I realize it was a different world back then (I think it was more permissible for older guys to openly drool over...or, in Hope's case, bark like a dog over...much younger women), but still....kinda weird considering the guy was in his mid-50's when that series was published.

ShadowWing Tronix

YOU found it disturbing. Imagine what Mrs. Hope thought when she read these comics. "Bob, why do they having you chasing all these younger women?"

Jesse Monteagudo

The real Bob Hope was quite a ladies' man (to put it mildly), a condition that Mrs. Hope apparently accepted. (There was a double standard back then.)

suedenim

The thing that gets me is how Brooke Shields is somehow sexier in her 40s than she was in her 20s (and it's not just the big hair or lack thereof!)

michaelrbn

Check out any Bob Hope movie of the 50s-60s. The comics aren't all that dissimilar.

John Savard

Bob Hope may never have actually appeared in a meeting about National Brotherhood Week. But I was able to Google up a reference to his having (along with other celebrities of the day, such as Groucho Marx, Eddie Cantor, Art Linkletter, Jeff Chandler, Alan Ladd, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) recorded a celebrity radio announcement on behalf of Brotherhood Week - so he did have some real-life association with it:

http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/belknap/tvradio/tvthemes.htm

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