Them’s fightin’ words in my country! A hurrah for Stooge underdog Shemp Howard

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“Oh, a be-bopper! Dig that crazy bopper name, eeb eeb eeb…cool man, real George! Give me some skin!” Drew Friedman, acclaimed for his “stippling” style of caricature which employs thousands of pen marks to achieve photographic verisimilitude, illustrated this first-rate black and white portrait of founding Stooge Shemp Howard.
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“I’m honest Moe, that’s honest Shemp, and that’s…well that’s Larry.” In their everyday street clothes, Moe Howard, elder brother Shemp Howard, and lifelong sidekick Larry Fine of the Three Stooges look pretty guilty of causing mayhem on October 22, 1946, during a personal appearance at the RKO Albee Theater in Cincinnati, Ohio. Five months earlier Shemp and Moe’s youngest brother Curly Howard endured a career-ending stroke on the set of his 97th short subject with the team, the classic pie fighting extravaganza “Half-Wits Holiday.” Thank you to Gary Lassin for pinpointing the date, venue, and book of original publication. Image Credit: appears on page 68 of Jeffrey Forrester’s 1981 tome “The Stooge Chronicles”

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