William Ritt: You’re Telling Me!
Takes On Iran From Daily Humor Column (1950’s)

Arash Norouzi
The Mossadegh Project | September 22, 2021                           


Here are a few Iran gags from You’re Telling Me!, a syndicated column distributed by Central Press Association. William Ritt (1902-1972) was a Cleveland based comic strip writer best known since the 1930’s for Brick Bradford, a sci-fi strip similar to Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers.




October 10, 1951

Get out the crying towel as well as the welcome map. Iran’s weepy premier, Mossadegh, is going to visit us.


October 25, 1951

Another it’s-an-ill-wind, etc., example: It took an international oil crisis to prove Iran’s Premier Mohammed Mossadegh is highly telegenic.


November 2, 1951

TO AN American baseball fan, reading about all the abuse being heaped by Egypt, Iran, et al, on the British Empire—it would seem the word should be pronounced “umpire.”

We understand Iran’s Premier Mossadegh is such a crying towel addict he could easily qualify for the post of football coach.


March 6, 1952

Looks like it might be a pretty dry spring after all. Premier Mossadegh hasn’t burst into tears in several weeks now.


June 1, 1952

Iranian cartoonists are now depicting the U.S. as a jackass. Probably trying to take the world’s mind off the spectacle of their own premier bursting into tears when he doesn’t get his way.


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