Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh

The loss of a punster

Frank and Ernest creator Bob Thaves has passed away from respiratory failure at age 81.

I'm an inveterate clipping-clipper, and his strips were especially clipping-worthy. SCENE: a theatre; an actor has suddenly fainted, and when his co-star yells, "Is there a doctor in the house?!" a doctor declares, "At last: a chance to cure a ham!" SCENE: Frank trying to get Ernest not to use something from the book Snappy Comebacks while in Hell meeting Satan. SCENE: Frank says, "This book, Moby Dick; can you tell me what it's about?" Ernest answers, "Sure. Sail tale. Frail male fails, pale whale prevails." I remember making a pun to a college friend who said, approvingly, "You probably like Frank and Ernest." Word.

Sounds like he was a good guy, too, trained in psychology and an avid reader.

Thank you for doing what you did, Mr. Thaves.

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