Graphic Content – Mopsy

List Item:  Read half of the 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die
37/501Title: Mopsy
Creator: Gladys Parker
Years: 1939-1965
Country: USA

It isn’t too hard to believe that there weren’t many female comic writers back in the 1930s, hell there aren’t enough of them right now. This alone explains the inclusion of Mopsy on the 1001 comic book list and why it is influential in of itself.

Considering that this comic peaked in popularity in the 1940s and 50s, Mopsy is on the road to being feminist. I say on the road because Gladys Parker made the conscious decision to have the character of Mopsy not be too intelligent as it would negatively impact the success of the comic.

Still there are ways that Mopsy helps to break some of the moulds. Following the example of Katherine Hepburn there are many times that Mopsy walks around in trousers. We also see her hunting, fishing and playing sports as well as some more stereotypically feminine pursuits.

I’m not sure how much ground, if any, this broke – but it feels like something I haven’t seen before. Mopsy is self-determined and independent. Sure she spends a lot of the time looking for a man… then again so would I be if I hadn’t met my husband 9 years ago. It’s an interesting comic to read for the historical context alone.

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