PHONOTOONS

Assorted Post 1950 Cartoons, Comics & Humor with Phonograph Connections

 

 

Frank and Ernest, by Bob Thaves, 2002

"Mary had a little lamb..." were the first words reported spoken by Edison into his tinfoil phonograph on December 6, 1877 at Menlo Park, NJ.

 

Courtesy of John Harnbrock and the cartoonistgroup.com

 

Irwin Caplan, ca.1950

 

The Addams Family by Charles Addams, 1954


The Saturday Evening Post, January 1, 1955

 

Cover by Hal Fox, Phonographianna Magazine, May-June 1956 ("The Magazine dedicated to the Record Collector and Music Enthusiast").

25 Watt Hi-Fi

Artist: Charles Rodrigues, HiFi & Music Review reprinted in February 1958 Stereo Review

 

Etta Kett by Paul Robinson, 1959

 

Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Episode 59, circa 1960

 

 

 


Nancy, 1961 - Courtesy Ernie Bushmiller and United Feature Syndicate, Inc.


HiFi Stereo Review, November 1963

Artist: Charles Rodrigues, February 1968 HiFi / Stereo Review

 

 

Artist: Charles Rodrigues, September 1975 Stereo Review




Artist: Charles Rodrigues, Stereo Review, August 1980


 

Artist: Charles Rodrigues, November 1980 HiFi / Stereo Review

 

The Purists, Artist: Unknown



Perry Barlow, The New Yorker

 

"Can't go out...nothing good on television" and apparently no interest in the record player. The conclusion: "Nothing to do..."

Extracted panel from Hi and Lois by Mort Walker and Dik Browne, 1971

 

 

The Wizard of Id by Parker and Hart, 1978

 

Marvin by Tom Armstrong, 1983

 

Marvin by Tom Armstrong, 1984

 

Dick and Jane™ by Chuck Roth, November 1984

 

Marvin by Tom Armstrong, 1985

 

Garfield ® by Jim David, 1985


Herman, February 11, 1987 Courtesy of Jim Unger

 

Priorities from two perspectives, Cathy by Cathy Guisewite, 1987

 

The Examiner Kids Page, Disney's Gummi Bears, 1987

 

Shylock fox, by Bob Weber, Jr., 1987

 

Celestion Speakers Ad, Audio magazine 1987

 

The Family Circus, February 11, 1987 Courtesy of Bill Keane



Test Record - Second Opinion

Artist: Charles Rodrigues, Stereo Review, May 1987


Rose is Rose® by Pat Brady, 1988




Charles Rodrigues, November 1990 Stereo Review

 

"Lilly", Gary Larson, Universal Press Syndicate, Lincoln Journal, October 3, 1991

 

June 22, 1991 Courtesy of Jim Unger

 

What's a Record? Artist: Bill Amend, 1998

 

Frank & Ernest by Bob Thaves, April 13, 2003



 

Courtesy of Syncopated Times

 

 

Calvin and Hobbes, September 2014, Artist: Bill Watterson

 

Hillary B. Price, Rhymnes with Orange, King Features Syndicate

 

The Buckets - LPs vs. CDs, Artist: Greg Cravens, October 7, 2007

 

The Attraction of Vinyl, Alex Gregory. The New Yorker, May 25, 2015

 

Old-School Music Streaming, Artist: Bizarro, 2018

 





R. Crumb, 2005

 

Mother Goose and Grimm, Artist: Mike Peters, 2018.

 

Bizarro, by Wayno & Piraro, 2018.

Recco by Joan Cornellà, 2017.

 

 

 

Courtesy of Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News, July 6, 2012

 

 

Courtesy of Mark Anderson of Andertoons.com

 

Courtesy of Daniel Beyers of Creators.com

Bee-Gees, The Honey Bees (The 60's Girl Group)

 

 

Cartoon tribute to Allen Koenigsberg, author of the Antique Phonograph Monthly and Phonograph expert, from American cartoonist Bud Sagendorf, 1973

Courtesy Vinyl Tourist


Buddhist Public Humor Group (Facebook) - Courtesy of Ravin Man Bajracharya



ZITS by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman, June 19, 2020

ZITS by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman, November 17, 2021



ZITS by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman, November 18, 2021



ZITS by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman, November 19, 2021





ZITS by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman, November 20, 2021


For some context in 2021 as to the ultimate, over-the-top turntable, see Stereophile's Review by Michael Fremer, August 27, 2021 of the TechDAS Air Force Zero Turntable listed at $450,000 for the base model (not including stand, cables, speakers or any of the power components like pre-amps, amps, power supply, etc.).

The price seems to almost demand that it be included on the Phonotoons page as phonograph humor or on the PhonoJokes page.

But it's no joke as this is not a one-off experiment in the pursuit of vinyl playing perfection but part of a 40-unit production run with the serial number of the review sample being 018.

The TechDAS Air Force Zero, unmeasurably beyond "a GOOD one." (Courtesy of Stereophile)

 

Courtesy Dan Piraro, November 22, 2021

 

Courtesy Lynn Johnston, December 22, 2021

 



Lincoln Journal Opinion page, February 9, 2022

 



 

 

Gaston, 2001 (on vacation) invents a disc brake for his 78 RPM phonograph (postcard)

 

Baldo by Cantu & Castellanos, The Lincoln Journal, September 3, 2023

 

by Chris Wildt, Cape Gazette, Deleware

posted by GeezerGuff on November 11, 2019

 

Plaque on horn from the La Victrola Project. Horn was relocated to Point San Pablo Harbor, Richmond, California

(Submitted by Friend of the Phonograph Mark Davis 2022)

 

Anything can be recorded

Courtesy Pat Brady, Andrews McMeel Syndication, Lincoln Journal.. January 13, 2023

 

 

Courtesy Garry Trudeau, Lincoln Journal, April 30, 2023

 

Baldo by Cantu & Castellanos, The Lincoln Journal, September 3, 2023

 

Rose is Rose by Pat Brady, The Lincoln Journal, December 23, 2023

 

Tape Recorder and CD Humor

One of Edison's predictions in 1878 was that the phonograph would be used for the purpose of preserving the sayings, the voices, and the last words of the dying member of the family -- as of great men--the phonograph will unquestionably outrank the photograph." This 1951 cartoon carries on that theme with the tape recorder now the technology of choice for recording sound in the home.

 

The Saturday Evening Post, September 1951

 

 


 

 

 

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