I wonder if the picture above influenced the way Dedini used color?
Without Picasso we wouldn't have had Virgil Parch, Cliff Sterrett, and Steinberg. We wouldn't even have had Searle.
Thanks to Amid Amidi and The Modesto Kid for the Steinberg-type picture above.
Picasso had a great sense of humor. The figure above is magnificently ignorant (I mean that as a compliment). It's really goofy and funny.
Picasso's mission seemed to be to liberate cartoon technique from cartoons. He seemed to think we cartoonists had a bag of tricks that was too valuable to be entrusted to us only.
The man obviously read newspaper comics. It could be that he was influenced by Herriman and Sterrett, Opper and Fenninger, maybe even funny animal comics, and simply didn't admit it. He may have had closets full of comic pages that were thrown out after his death by custodians who didn't think they were important.
BTW, I'm aware that some readers are saying, "Wait a minute! Herriman was influenced by Picasso, not the other way around!" To that I say don't be so hasty. My guess is that Herriman and Picasso influenced each other.
So what do ya think?