Manners in Comics

When did Manners become part of pop-culture entertainment? Excuse Me! was a 1923 Parker Brothers game. The correct answers were – well – correct. But what if you answered “What should a boy do when asked to go on an errand?” with “Creep under the bed,” “Sneeze three times,” or “Polish his shoes with Father’s neck-tie”? Misbehavior was key to many comics featuring trouble-making kids; sometimes, Richard Outcault’s Buster Brown learned his lesson, even in 1903.