Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Wizard of Id

The Wizard of Id was first created in 1964 as a result of the collaboration of writer Johnny Hart and artist Brant Parker. In the early 60's Hart was already successful with his creation of BC. The pair first met in 1950 when Parker was asked to judge a high school art contest. One of the entrants work so impressed him he organised a meeting. The entrants name was Johnny Hart.

Wizard of Id humour
The Wizard of Id is set in the mythical kingdom of Id ruled by "the King", a dwarfish monarch with a dry and, at times, black secnse of humour. As well as the Kings subjects (Idiots) there are several other major characters including Rodney the inept knight, the wizard and his domineering wife, Bung the court jester who is constanting drunk and the Spook, a destitute prisoner who is locked in his cell with only the Turnkey for company. There are several other players which are described in detail in Wikipedia.

The King and the Wizard have a great relationship and a very dry sense of humour. The Wizard of Id is one of my favourite comic strips and I found the one below very amusing and thought I'd share it.

The wizard of id Herald Weekend Edition

The Wizard of Id was named best humour strip by the National Cartoonists Society in 1971.

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