A Realist’s Mascot

From 1959 to 1961 the playwright Herb Gardner created “The Nebbishes,” a comic strip featuring blob-like characters who played desktop philosophers spouting existential mumbo-jumbo. He may have gotten the idea for the blobs from Paul Krasner’s rule-busting satiric journal, The Realist, which began in 1958 and continued in printed form until 2001. The Realist‘s mascot, appearing in the “ear” of the masthead was a similar blob, a hybrid baby chick with a forlorn look and tired eyes. The magazine was a raw and acerbic cynical look at everything held holy by the establishment and prefigures The Onion, The Daily Show, Not The NY Times, and in fact, all Cold War parodies.

This is a plastic dashboard version of The Realist mascot, virtually mint (since I didn’t have a dashboard or a car), from the mid-60s.

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