Get a taste of humor from the 1940s with these hunting- and fishing-themed outdoors comics.
Humor doesn’t always transcend time very well. Turn on an old comedy movie and a lot of the jokes might fall flat. There are always exceptions to the rule, take “The Three Stooges” for example. These outdoors comics also transcend time; they are just as great as they always were.
If you are a hunter or an angler, these single panel comics are sure to still make you laugh today.
1. Moose Hammock
If you have ever set up camp in the dark, you’ll get a chuckle out of this one. Moose are known for their terrible eyesight and the one in this comic is apparently no different.
2. Deeper Water
Fly fishermen and women will get a good laugh from this outdoors comic. Suddenly stepping into a previously unknown deep pool happens to even the most seasoned angler from time to time.
3. Successful Novice
How many times has this happened to you? You take someone fishing who doesn’t have much experience and then they proceed to completely out fish you. It can be frustrating in the moment, but will definitely make you laugh when you look back on it someday.
4. Unexpected Rain
There is always that one guy who overpacks for a camping trip. Everyone gives him a hard time until that unexpected rainstorm hits that is.
5. Wrong Side of the Bed
Camping on the edge of a cliff is generally a bad idea. However, on the upside, Bill won’t have to worry about taking a bath once he manages to climb back up that cliff.
6. Bad Dog
Even the best trained hunting dogs can have an off day in the field. This comic pokes fun at a dog who just didn’t feel like chasing down those rascally rabbits the hunter was after.
7. Shotshell Fun
Anyone who has ever fired a break action shotgun won’t be able to resist a chuckle at this one. It’s okay to admit that you have just as much fun ejecting shells as you do actually shooting them. Especially on those days when you just can’t seem to break any clay pigeons.
8. Hunting Fashion
Unless you are planning to go on an old-fashioned English fox hunt, you might not be able to relate to this comic. However, that doesn’t affect the humor of it at all when you consider how worried about appearance some hunters seem to be.
9. Worms for Sale
There is nothing quite like a lazy summer afternoon spent wetting a line with a bobber and worm on the other end. Your grandpa may have once told you to spit on your worms to catch more fish. The enterprising young worm salesman in this comic already completed that step for his customers although those gentlemen in the car can’t seem to believe it.
10. Excuses, Excuses
Excuses are an essential part of any hunter or angler’s arsenal. Sorry I don’t mean excuses…I mean legitimate reasons why we missed that shot or lost that fish.
These outdoors comics from the 1940s hold up surprisingly well in the humor department for being over 70 years old. This just goes to show you that the traditions of hunting and fishing have managed to stay grounded in their roots despite all the technological advantages we have these days.
Images scanned from National Sportsmen Inc., 1944