Alley Oop

Alley Oop is a trademark of NEA and the strip is reprinted here by permission of Newspaper Enterprise Association, Inc.

"Alley Oop," pen and ink drawing by V. T. Hamlin, 1942. V. T. Hamlin's "Alley Oop" was one of the most popular strips of the forties. Cartoonists often parody civilized society by setting the clock back to the Stone Age, a comic device offering wide room for creativity. The antics of the cave men prefigure modern folly, as if to show that human nature doesn't change.