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The Sunday Funnies (10/3/10)

This week we have an editorial cartoon from the Chattanooga Times Free Press (9/26) by Clay Bennett; Frank and Ernest (9/28) by Thaves; two from Zippy The Pinhead (9/23 & 10/2) by Bill Griffith; and Rubes by Leigh Rubin.

(Thanks to Jim Lahue and Jon Cooke)

  • Oliver

    Actually I love Zippy but, at the risk of sounding like a sad-sack fanboy myself, Griffith slipped up there: the Punisher *doesn’t have* any super-powers!

  • FP

    Zippy, yay!
    The rest, bleh.

  • The Rubes – very funny. I really like this one.
    Ditto on Frank and Ernest.

  • drmedula

    I would TOTALLY go to Cow Disneyland. (And it could STILL happen, if there’s a big Clarabelle revival).

  • Michael F.

    That Frank and Ernest strip was so corny but in a good way. That strip does a great job with puns and gags like those. (although the more drawn out gags that Pearls Before Swine uses every now and then are better)

  • Jody Morgan

    Pretty good collection today; making up for the past two weeks, I guess. As a borderline libertarian, I particularly like the political cartoon this week, but even aside from whether or not it’s accurate, it is clever.

    Regarding the Zippy the Pinhead strips, I’m glad to see Zippy acknowledging the fearsome power of Droopy, but in the second strip one of the characters mentions the Punisher’s super powers. Granted, the only Punisher comic I own is the one where he meets Archie Andrews, but I was under the impression that he’s a distinctly non-super-powered hero (or anti-hero, really). Aside from that quibble, I did enjoy both Zippy strips, as well as Frank and Ernest and Rubes, sucker that I am for bad puns and silly drawings.

    Thanks, Jerry, Jim, and Jon!

  • Katella Gate

    Nell’s obvious choice is to vote Tea Party.

    • Josef

      So more or less, Republican.

    • pappy d

      Nell is a Canadian.

      It doesn’t matter, though. We’re all f**ked.

  • David Breneman

    Nell is about to become an Objectivist.

  • Tory

    I think the line about the Punisher doubting his superpowers was quite intentional and not a slip up.

  • TheGunheart

    Chattanooga Times Free Press: Eh, political cartoons tend to fall flat for me. The “joke” here really isn’t all that different from the typical “ostrich with its head in the sand with a political buzzword painted on its side” type.

    Frank and Ernest: I’ll admit, puns can be funny, but not when you have to take the time to set them up.

    Zippy: Love ’em. I’ve always had a taste for Griffith’s surreal dialogue.

    Rubes: Remember how Disneyland had all those attractions based on cheese and mouse holes? Neither do I.

  • The Gee

    In general, it looks like this week there were some good ones to select from.

    I’m wondering if the difference maker is that there are fewer one-panel gags. Those are consistently proving to be the most forced ones. And forcing the gag causes it to fall flat. (See: the previous comment about the Rubes comic and how Disneyland is not completely mouse- themed)

    I’m guessing they started with the horn hat or the utter balloons and voila: Cornpone!

    And, it is nice to see so many Zippy fans. Though I’ll admit that I’m not one of them. It is often too wordy and as much as I have wanted to love it for years, I can’t think of when I’ve laughed once at it. But, as if it matters….

    • TheGunheart

      I can understand where you’re coming from. For me, Zippy succeeds where more wordy comics fail by the virtue of the dialogue being so…odd, with seemingly random words being bolded for emphasis and punchlines that often seem like a non-sequitur. It’s…”quirky”, for lack of a better term, and I realize that’s just not for everyone.

      Still, nice to see other fans.

      • The Gee

        Yeah. I can certainly appreciate “quirky”–in comics and a lot of narrative art.

        The dialogue in the one strip featuring Droopy and Zippy is “Krazy Kat”-like. And, that’s cool. But, still, for the life of me the strip has just never grabbed me and called me back for repeat readings.

        And, I’m cool with that. I’m just glad he keeps doing it and people like it because it is an odd concept/strip that has ran for a long time.

  • One of these comic strips has an additional tie-in to animated cartoons. FRANK AND ERNEST creator Bob Thaves died a few years ago. Although working uncredited, cartoonist Don Dougherty, who first worked under Tex Avery at Hanna-Barbera in the late 1970s and since then has been at Disney Publishing and Features, among other gigs, has been drawing (and occasionally writing) FRANK AND EARNEST since before Bob Thaves’ demise.

    • The Gee

      You always add to stuff like this.

      And, to TheGunHeart:
      Personally, I dig the pun being at the tail end of the gagline like that. I know it might come across as somewhat forced but there’s nothing about the image of pooh bear that screams the pun. So for me at least, it works.

      Howevah….I do agree that he probably could have just eliminated the first clause of the sentence and just had “Woah! Deja Pooh!” as he looked astonished and befuddled. And, the layout could have been reversed so that Pooh was on the right hand side. That way it may have read a little bit better. That said…what do I know…?

    • Jerry

      ALOHA Scott, Knew Don when he lived in Hawaii 70ies early 80ies and was freelancing cartoons to magazines. Have autographed copies of his first books. Even wrote a couple of gagline for him that got published. Any idea how I might touch bases with him? ALOHA Jerry