Archy would climb up onto the typewriter and hurl himself at the keys, laboriously typing out stories of the daily challenges and travails of a cockroach. The two of them shared a series of day-to-day adventures that made satiric commentary on daily life in the city during the s and s. Because he was a cockroach, Archy was unable to operate the shift key on the typewriter he jumped on each key to type; since using shift requires two keys to be pressed simultaneously, he physically could not use capitals , and so all of his verse was written without capitalization or punctuation. Writing in his own persona, though, Marquis always used correct capitalization and punctuation. Publications[ edit ] Collections of the "Archy" stories have been published and re-printed numerous times over the years, usually with all-lowercase titles. Adaptations in other media[ edit ] A musical version of the Archy and Mehitabel materials was recorded July 7, and April 9, , entitled archy and mehitabel with Carol Channing as Mehitabel and Eddie Bracken as Archy, and narrated by David Wayne, with Percival Dove as Bill, the fierce tomcat.
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Krazy has been reprinted numerous times in the half-dozen decades since it stopped being produced on a regular basis — but his drawings of the Marquis characters have been continuously in print even longer than that.
From , when it started, until September 11, , when Marquis switched papers, and the N. Tribune promoted the move with a picture of Archy by an unknown staff artist, nobody ever saw what either character looked like. Note on orthography: Their names are capitalized normally, except when Archy types them. The name of the feature is usually capitalized the way Archy would type them, i.
Aside from being a cockroach, Archy was also the reincarnation of a vers libre free verse poet. He made himself known to Marquis by jumping up and down on the keyboard all night, so the columnist would find his work the following morning.
He first did this during March of the year , and Marquis turned it in as part of his column for the 29th. Mehitabel, it turned out, was the reincarnation of Cleopatra, as well as of any number of cheap floozies since then, who have trouble maintaining the dignity that was once theirs by natural right.
Mehitabel, too, had much to say through Archy about the human condition. And the human beings themselves liked it, as the first book collection titled simply archy and mehitabel was published by Doubleday in and has remained in print ever since.
It was followed by archys life of mehitabel and archy does his part An omnibus volume, the lives and times of archy and mehitabel, which collected all three, came out in
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