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"Speaking of the masters of the comedic spirit (if I call it, as he does, the Comic Spirit, this darkened generation will suppose me to refer to the animal spirits of tomfools and merryandrews) ...." G.B. Shaw, 1897Something that is comic has comedy as its aim or origin; something is comical if the effect is comedy, whether intended or not. Noun meaning "a comedian" is from 1619; that of "comic book or strip" is from 1889. Comic strip first attested 1920; comic book is from 1941. Comic relief is attested from 1825.