Toonerville Collector's Club
Terrible-tempered Mr. Bang
"I do not think it is just of Mrs. Fox to say to all who may inquire that I am the original of the Terrible Tempered Mr. Bang.
I found out that when Leech,(Sir John Leech, British cartoonist) who was a master of expression and figure, wanted to draw an expression of anger he drew the eyes of his subject a little out of focus. It was astounding to me to learn how much grimness that one device could give to a semblance of a human countenance made with a few pencil strokes. I remember there was one picture which showed King Charles leaving a council of some kind in a terrific rage. I studied the king's angry walk and learned that long steps and stiffly held legs added more suggestion of anger. I copied that picture again and again, and you may guess that I found it useful when I tell you that I use pretty much that same expression today on the face of Mr. Bang.
"Mr. Bang, I confess, is one of my favorites, for the reason that he represents a kind of home economics whereby the irritations of my existence are turned into a profit. Any time I feel a stab of anger I can neutralize the emotion as neatly as you might correct an acid stomach with a dose of milk of magnesia by reminding myself that the cause of my anger probably can be developed into an incident justifying the loss of control of the terrible temper of Mr. Bang. I used to live with an editorial writer who was accustomed to harness his temper to his job. Whenever anything made him mad, either a personal experience or something experienced vicariously in his reading, he wrote an editorial by way of getting the anger off his chest. Since I do that, too, and like a placer miner get gold out of pannings, I suppose my father was right.
It is a queer way to make a living."
The Terrible-tempered Mr. Bang as told by Fontaine Fox