A lot of it was weird, a little offensive, and a lot of fun. When I was a kid in the 1980s, it was a comic strip that was right up my alley.
The Far Side was a comic strip that ran from 1979 to 1995. It was drawn by Gary Larson. Comic strip: It has been in over 1900 newspapers around the world. It is one of the best-known comic strips of all time. Over 45 million copies of his books have been sold.
I can’t even begin to describe how much The Far Side changed me as a child. I thought it was made just for me. I couldn’t believe there was a comic strip out there that fit my tastes and sense of humor. There are some great comic strips out there, but the Far Side left them all behind.
The Far Side comic strip was a big part of the 80s, and many people loved it. When they got their paper each day, many of them would check it out right away. They would read nothing else.
Gary Larson Before The Far Side
Gary Larson was born in Tacoma, Washington, in 1950, and he has lived there ever since. In his family, his father was a car salesman and his mother was a clerk. He had a lot of interest in animals as a child, but he also had a sense of humor that was a little dark. Putting two different kinds of insects in a jar “to see which one would eat the other” was one of his favorite things to do.
As a child, he wanted to be a biologist, but he also wanted to be a good communicator in college. But he also played jazz guitar and the banjo while he was in high school and college. Mr. Bear: Squash-You-All-Flat was one of the things that shaped him as a child. It was a storybook about a bear who goes around the forest sitting on, and squashing, the homes of smaller animals.
Larson grew up in a “morbid” family, and his older brother, Dan, was always making fun of him. Larson called his family “morbid.” Dan would always make him afraid that there were monsters living in their house, especially under his bed and in his dresser and closet. In the Far Side, this theme would often show up.
admits to being afraid of the dark. His biggest fear was being asked to go into the basement to get firewood for his father. He told Lynn Sher on ABC’s 20/20 that he would be halfway up the stairs when the lights went out. He would turn them off and then hold the door shut while telling Gary, “Do you hear it? No, I can’t hear it.
Larson’s interest in animals and biology would last through his childhood, and his brother helped him learn about science. These animals and reptiles would often be caught by them and put in their own terrarium in the basement of their home. In his early years, Larson began to care about the environment because he thought humans were not the best people to live with.
Setting The Stage For The Far Side Comic
In the future, Larson’s fears, interest in science, love of animals, and dark sense of humor would help shape what would become the Far Side comic, but he didn’t start out with it when he was younger. As he grew up, he noticed how much the world had changed over time. This is how he saw how people went from “Leave it to Beaver” to thinking they needed bomb shelters when he was a child in the 1950s.
When things like the Cuban Missile Crisis were going on, there was a lot of fear that the world was going to end at any moment. He worked at a music store, but soon found out that he didn’t like it. In some way, he came up with the idea of making cartoons. He said he’d give it a try.
In his book, “The Prehistory of Far Side,” he talks about how he started with 6 cartoons and sent them to a magazine called “Pacific Search.” The magazine was based in Seattle. This first strip was called “Nature’s Way” and came out in 1976. He was paid $90 for the 6 strips, which made him think this could be a good way to make money.
A newspaper called The Summer News-Review paid him $3 for each cartoon he sent in. As you can see, he couldn’t live on that much money. A job at a humane society was the only way for him to make ends meet. On the way there, he ran over a dog.
His job at the Humane Society, ironically, would be to look into animal abuse.