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In brief, Mr. Mum is a portly, bald and bespectacled character, who, as his name suggests, remains mum as he observes various odd, surprising or even surreal scenes. He is sometimes accompanied by his similarly silent dog. Mum is described as a "bystander on life's outer limits," and the feature's "anything-can-happen" humor paved the way for later titles like "Herman," "The Far Side," "Bizarro" and "Rhymes With Orange."
Because it was a pantomime cartoon, its humor translated well internationally. Dutch comics historian Ger Apeldoorn noted that Mr. Mum was "one of the weirdest of the silent strips; (excluding the Dutch masterpiece from the same period, Professor Pi by Bo van der Born)... Mr. Mum is a curious man in a weird world, who never gets involved but only observes with ever-growing amazement."
I began reading the strips in the 1950s, when I was under 10 years old and kept enjoying them while I was in the USAF and away at college in the late 1960s and early 70s. So, when I saw that Amazon was offering collections of these books for sale, I quickly bought three of them.
This one was the first to arrive and I'm glad to have it. It sure reminds me of a childhood that can never be re-claimed, unfortunately.
He noted them with shock, surprised indignation, or sometimes bemused indifference, just as the rest of us would, if we were to see them ourselves.
It was a single-panel comic that, at its peak, appeared in over 220 newspapers worldwide, from 1958-74, with a Sunday color strip that began in 1961. In the Sunday version, he would frequently be seen in a juice bar (in the last panel), having a glass of carrot juice.
The fact that he was mute, meant very little translation was needed for foreign publications, as the images were easily understood.