Things That I Love About America: The Great Comedians from the 1920s to the 1940s

During the Fourth of July I try to recount some of the things that I love about this country. One of the things that I love about this country are those great film comedians from the 1920s to the 1940s.

When I was young, I was a navy brat. I would make close friends at school, then every 2 years I would move to a new place. That was tough on me and I remember being sad about losing friends. Comic books and old Hollywood comedies on television helped me to break out of being sad.

Channel 9, channel 2 and channel 44 would often show movies by Abbott and Costello, the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, the Three Stooges, William Powell and Myrna Loy, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, W.C. Fields, Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. My friends thought I was strange for loving those movies, but I didn’t care.

When I got older, I discovered the Stanford Theater and went with my friend the Leibermans to watch great silent comics like Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd on Wednesdays in the summer. I checked out the great Charlie Chaplin feature films of the 1920s and 1930s and his “City Lights” is still my favorite movie.

I think what I love most about those movies is that the actors looked like they were having so much fun.

About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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