I’m growing a moustache this month and figured there’d be no better way to celebrate Movember than to showcase some classic characters from comics and cartoons who sport their own “mo’s” regardless of the calendar.
It’s amazing, when you think about it, how many characters there are who have mustaches. For this post, I’m featuring famous bosses starting with (at top left) that lovable one-percenter, Hiram P. Lodge aka Veronica’s daddy from Archie comics.
While he hasn’t always played Archie’s boss, Mr. Lodge has had occasion to hire Archie to perform menial chores and tasks, usually with disastrous results. The employer relationship has finally been formalized in “Life with Archie, the Married Life”, which is a spin off from the Archie Marries Betty/Archie Marries Veronica storyline that portrays the grown-up soap opera version of the gang from Riverdale. Mr. Lodge isn’t such a nice guy in LWA, playing the greedy Wall Street type to the hilt.
Next we have another boss who’s no stranger to Wall Street, J. Jonah Jameson. As Peter Parker’s boss, Mr. Jameson served for many years as publisher of New York’s Daily Bugle newspaper using his pointed editorials to become possibly Spider-Man’s greatest irritant.
For nearly fifty years Jameson’s enmity towards Spider-man hasn’t dulled, and now as Mayor of New York, Jonah continues his dislike of everyone’s favourite wall-crawler with even more authority. Occasionally he puts aside his feelings when circumstances require him to work alongside Spider-Man such as in the recent Spider Island story arc, but you know he’s going to return to form very quickly.
His Chaplin-esque (or is it Hitler-esque?) ‘stache is certainly one of the most recognizable in the world of comics, and yet oddly enough, J. Jonah has been seen sporting a full mo in recent issues of ASM. What’s up with that?
Another boss with a perfect love-hate relationship towards his most famous employee is, of course, Julius C. Dithers. As Dagwood Bumstead’s over-bearing and overly demanding boss, Mr. Dithers set the example for bad bosses everywhere. Although he did have his occasional human moments, his explosive tantrums and physical abuse were a hilarious and recurring feature in the Blondie comic strip.
The only thing which kept Mr. Dithers from being a completely unlikable monster was the fact that he was just as likely to fall victim to similarly abusive behaviour at the hands of his wife Cora. Mrs. Dithers’ tactics for keeping the old goat in line included her sharp tongue-lashings and use of various “weapons” which she would smash over his head.
Lastly, there’s Chief Quimby, the long-suffering boss of Inspector Gadget. Gadget enjoyed a long run on television with Get Smart’s Don Adams as the voice of the bumbling inspector. Inspector Gadget shared a lot of similarities to Maxwell Smart, including his relationship with a boss who was often the foil and victim to the character’s ineptitude.
Chief Quimby’s most common ploy was to disguise himself in various unlikely objects (trash cans, vases, etc.) in order to keep an eye on Gadget or to supply him with information on the sly. This usually brought on disastrous circumstances that resulted in the chief finishing most episodes quite battered and bruised.
I’ll be serving up a sampling of villainous moustache wearers in my next post, but before I go, let me add a shameless plug for myself and my fellow team-mates who are growing moustaches and raising money and awareness for Movember.
The Movember movement was started to promote the subject of men’s health. Prostate cancer is the second-most likely cause of death amongst men and all money raised for Movember goes towards prostate cancer research. Feel free to check out our Movember page, and offer a donation if you care to.
No amount is too small or too large. Five, ten, twenty… even a million dollars will do!