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May 25, 2013

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woid

"Vary Grayface" must mean Barry Gray, who did late-night talk and phone-in shows on New York radio, mostly on WMCA, for around 40 years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Gray_(radio)

l'atalante

"Van Monotone" is clearly Vaughn Monroe, a popular postwar singer whose hits included "Racing With the Moon."

Mindwrecker

Thanks you, kind readers for those helpful answers! I should have guessed Mr. Monroe, but hadn't really thought about him in quite a while!

diggy

Another reference (avant la lettre): "Iggy,Lou?"

Mindwrecker

The "Iggy, Lou?" reference is on page three, panel two of the 'Hiss Parade' story. Again, it sounds familiar but I don't recall where it comes from. Thanks diggy, for pointing that one out. There are probably some other obscure jokes sprinkled throughout that wacky script.

l'atalante

No clear answers this time, just some odd mysteries.

The "Iggy, Lou?" panel with the reference to Nome would SEEM to be about Johnny Horton, who sang both "Let's Take the Long Way Home," and "Springtime in Alaska," (not to mention the theme to "North to Alaska"). However, this is a 1955 comic and those sides were released in '57 and '59 respectively.

"Iggy, Lou?" seems even more out of joint, since my immediate reaction was Iggy Pop and Lou Reed hanging around Berlin with David Bowie in the 70s. That's even more of a chronological leap, unless this comic was written by some guy named Noster Damus.

The simplest explanation for the two names is that it's a pun on "igloo."

diggy

> "Iggy, Lou?" seems even more out of joint, since my immediate reaction was Iggy Pop and Lou Reed hanging around Berlin with David Bowie in the 70s.

That's the one I was referring to (avant la lettre = before its time).

Martin

Hehe this is weird because I also had no idea that “Van Monotone” is actually Mr.Monroe. But is so much clearer now. Racing with the Moon hah that brings me back to 1941 :)

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