Law Text Culture


In 1947, three years after George Herriman’s death ended Krazy Kat’s thirty-one year run, the prominent legal realist and theorist Karl Llewellyn published a brief but effervescent review of a Krazy Kat collection in the Columbia Law Review. The page count of the new collection was playfully listed as ‘unnumbered; many, but not enough’ (Llewellyn 1947: 337), subtly indicating that neither the review, nor the material it addressed was typical law journal fodder. In that era, it was rare for the world of comics and mass culture to surface in the annals of a law review. The article’s placement between one review of a book on cartel agreements and another review of a report on the Permanent Court of International Justice’s future only amplified the uncanniness of the two-page piece.