Private Lives


“The one panel comic Private Lives was similar to the more famous Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and focused on little known facts about famous figures and personalities. This particular edition of the comic was published on May 17, 1939 and spoke of General Francisco Franco’s somewhat ironic fascination with Mickey Mouse.

“The text refers to the then recently resolved Spanish Civil War and its bloody aftermath. Franco rose to power in Spain as a result of that conflict and was allegedly responsible for executions of dissidents that numbered in the thousands.”

Excerpt and Edwin Cox cartoon from .

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