Tip O' The Hat (as Jimmy Hatlo , the Artist who drew They'll Do It Every Time would say) to Barnacle Press Blog for hipping me to The Outbursts of Everett True , A newspaper comic strip that ran from roughly 1905-1927.
The comic premise (such as it was) was simply the titular character beating the shit out of people and things that annoyed him. The strip was a two panel affair that introduced the bete noir in the first panel , and the denoument in the second.
The conclusion was always the same. Any peeve, however slight, must be met with a flurry of hitting, kicking, punching and scratching.
Some of the societal ills that Everett rails against are now lost to the mists of time. "Roosevelt's spelling" and " Race suicide " could stand a bit of explaining.
Even the artist was not immune from the hail of of blows Mr. True would dish out (as pictured at left) .
I think the strip still works because violent fits of pique and being pissed of for the slightest reason have a timeless and universal appeal, along with life lessons we all can use.
The main lesson being: Dont piss off Everette True.