Posted by Smokey Stover on June 28, 2006
In Reply to: See you in the funny pages posted by Bob on June 27, 2006
: : : See you in the funny pages where did this come from?
: : Here is a link to some information in the archives. No origin though. http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/24/messages/890.html
: I thought "see you in the funny papers" sounded more familiar than "see you in the funny pages" and a google war verified it, but only by 20000 to 15000, a virtual tie. No discernable difference in meaning.
Yes, this was a common colloquial valedictory from the '20s (or so I've heard) perhaps through about the middle of World War II. Nowhere above, or in the linked posts, did I see an explanation of what the funny papers (or funny pages) are. I'm sorry to repeat a twice-told tale, but the funny pages, funny papers, and just plain funnies, are the comic strips and cartoons added to many newspapers for entertainment. On Sundays there are often enough of them to justify printing up a separate color section, while in the daily issues of the paper they may be confined to a single page (printed in one color only). Because some conservative readers, in the postwar era, were very unhappy with the political positions of the Doonesbury strip, it and a few other "controversial" cartoon strips, were repositioned in some newspapers to somewhere in the "op-ed" (opinion and editorial) section.
"See you in the funnies" didn't really have a meaning. It was a cheerful, breezy way of saying "so long," which was a sort of breezy and cheerful way of saying good-bye.