"Separated at Mirth" is our name for the situation when two or more comic book covers or interiors execute the SAME GAG, only with different characters and separated by years or even decades!
Today's example is MUTT AND JEFF # 31 (December 1947 - January 1948) and WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES # 101 (February 1949).
So, what's a guy to do when all he wants is some peace and quiet to get some reading done?
Well, if you're Augustus Mutt or Donald Duck, and you have a caged pet parrot, the answer is simple!
...Though, I'm not exactly certain what it could be that keeps Jeff and Huey, Dewey, and Louie so QUIET! It's a BIRD CAGE, after all, not a "Cone of Silence"!
Things to Note:
Even though the Nephews are bunched-up "three-to-the cage", it's Jeff who looks more uncomfortably restricted!
Donald's parrot is quite PLEASED with this turn of events, while Mutt's parrot is decidedly not! Oddly, Mutt is NOT getting the complete quiet he desires - though his parrot's squawking is likely easier to shut-out than Jeff's antics!
CICERO'S CAT looks rather nervous, perhaps wondering if a stray "Meow!" might soon have her joining Jeff!
The CAGES and EASY CHAIRS (and their occupants) are "flipped" in their respective compositions - though both PARROTS occupy the same "vertical line of space"!
The covers are drawn by Sheldon Mayer and Walt Kelly, respectively. Both were well-known artists famous for other properties ("Sugar and Spike" and "Pogo" - also respectively). But, at the time, both were regular COVER ARTISTS for MUTT AND JEFF and WDC&S - respectively yet a third time!
These issues of MUTT AND JEFF and WDC&S would have appeared little more than one year apart!
The backgrounds of the two covers are both YELLOW, though MUTT AND JEFF's has a nice "wallpaper motif" to it!
There you have MUTT AND JEFF # 31 and WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES # 101 - Separated at Mirth!
...Oh, and I really gotta get myself a FEZ!