He’s Just Back-dated: Roger On, Mr. Daltrey!

« We tend to think of age only in time, but I don’t think it has much to do with time at all; there’s a whole load of other things. I’ve met 16-year-olds who are old and 90-year-olds who are young. » — Roger Daltrey

Truly a master of all media, Roger is.

Today’s birthday number seventy-four for Sir Roger Harry Daltrey (born in London, England, on March 1st, 1944), Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, noted thespian and lead vocalist of The Who. « And what’s this got to do with soddin’ comics? », the more boorish among you may ask. Well, thanks to the efforts of the genial Michael Kupperman, Sir Roger, and his unceasing quest for birds, have been duly immortalised in comics. Read on!

« Roger Daltrey’s Sex Diary », from Snake ‘n Bacon’s Cartoon Cabaret (2000, HarperCollins.) Story and art by Michael Kupperman, under his “P. Revess” nom de plume.

Farther along, having taken his quest below ground, our intrepid bird-rogerer encounters the dauntless duo of Mark Twain and Albert Enstein (of course!).

« SPECULATIVE PICTO-FICTION: What Might Happen if… Mark TWAIN and Albert EINSTEIN Were to TEAM UP to DIG a HOLE to the CENTER of the EARTH? », from Snake ‘n Bacon’s Cartoon Cabaret (2000, HarperCollins.) Story and art by Kupperman,

I’ve looked under chairs
I’ve looked under tables
I’ve tried to find the key
to fifty million fables

They call me the Seeker
I’ve been searchin’ low and high
I won’t get to get what I’m after
Till the day I die

Roger as he appears in Ken Russell’s Lisztomania (1975.) Don’t miss Paul Nicholas’ sensational turn as Richard Wagner!

Happy birthday, Roger. Here’s a helpful shortcut to some of these fabled birds you seek:



5 thoughts on “He’s Just Back-dated: Roger On, Mr. Daltrey!

  1. Barney Dannelke March 1, 2018 / 19:51

    As something of a student (and reluctant collector) of bad Mark Twain appearances, I would have to say that is one of the worst, most pointless uses of Twain in any medium that I can recall.

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  2. gasp65 March 1, 2018 / 22:40

    On that topic, I like this quote from a 2002 Comics Journal interview with Kupperman:

    K: “I think it came out of seeing Twain and Einstein — Twain, especially, because I lived in Connecticut — portrayed in movies, TV and commercials as lovable old fuddy-duddies who help children or young couples work out their problems… Hartford, because Twain used to live there, whored him out like a two-dollar street walker. There was this TV commercial from the ’80s where a Twain look-alike seated in a rocking chair says to the camera, ‘Folks have been getting to know the Eastern Connecticut-state Buick dealers and they’re right nice fellows.’ So it came out of that, the idea that people who were once three-dimensional human beings could be reduced to this kind of ridiculous archetype.”


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