The Sunday Funnies (2/14/10)



At the top, today’s (2/14/10) Ink Pen by Phil Dunlap (it looks like the arms/legs belong to: (1) Mickey Mouse, (2) Hippety Hopper, (3) Popeye, (4) Magilla Gorilla The Grape Ape, (5) Snagglepuss & (6) Heathcliff); in the middle, Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn (2/11/10); and Adam at Home by Brian Basset (2/7/10).

(Thanks, Jim Lahue and Charles Brubaker)


  • http://tymime.wordpress.com/ tymime

    You made a boo-boo, guys! That’s obviously Grape Ape.

  • http://bakertoons.blogspot.com/ Charles Brubaker

    Actually, I think the 4th panel in “Ink Pen” is Grape Ape.

  • George

    That’s no Magilla’s arm, that’s Grape Ape’s! :p

  • Jay Sabicer

    Hafta disagree on #4′s fist. The purple color is definitely the Great Grape Ape (although, due to his size, it would’ve been funnier if the fist came down in more of a pounding motion).

  • Rick

    Great Ink Pen panel! A Magilla Gorilla coloring sample…
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3462/3256601766_4cfa853ef5.jpg

  • Deaniac

    The first one is the best, hands down.

  • Christopher Cook

    We used to have Ink Pen in our rag, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

  • Scarabim

    I like Elephant Smurf! :D

  • Jim Lahue

    I had never heard of the Grape Ape until now (another one of those Saturday morning cartoons I didn’t see while I was in the military & at college).

  • Dock Miles

    “Ink Pen” raises an interesting issue. Of course toons never have to retire. Never have to stop using what juice they have to endorse products. Corporate whoredom is forever. Is the Pink Panther happy he’s found a new life as a pimp for insulation? You could ask. But I don’t know who.

  • doug holverson

    Ironically, I had the impression that a person had to be an adult and specifically one that grew during the Cold War to dig Rocky and Bullwinkle. I’ve ran into younger people who said things like, “I don’t get all them old ‘Eisenhowery’ jokes!”

  • Scarabim

    …but I don’t think I get Raspberry Smurf.

    ???

  • Daev

    I find it hard to believe that Snagglepuss would punch anyone in the face.

  • Michael

    I believe Adam @ Home is now done by Rob Harrell.

  • http://justforspite.blogspot.com Gene Hole

    @ doug I’m 28, and have loved rocky and bullwinkle since first seeing them at 13, and LOVE “all them old eisenhowery jokes.” my little brothers think its funny too, but maybe we’re just an anomaly. :-)

  • Mike Fontanelli

    Is this what passes for modern newspaper comics? It looks like fan art.

    There was a time once when none of the above examples would have passed muster with any self-respecting comic strip syndicate. Aren’t there any professional art standards at all anymore?

    The Sunday “Saddies”; good grief…

  • http://bakertoons.blogspot.com/ Charles Brubaker

    It’s not like those older strips are any better. I’ve been reading strips from the ’40s to ’60s through those old microfilm archive and, with maybe two or three exceptions, they aren’t better than what we have now. I eventually got bored with them and skipped over to the mid-70s

    Don’t get me wrong. There are really terrible strips in papers right now, but the good-to-bad ratio were just as same in the decades past, maybe worse.

    (‘sides, if I had to choose between “InkPen” and “Li’l Abner”, I’ll pick the former. At least InkPen is FUNNY)

  • Mike Fontanelli

    Charles Brubaker: you are misinformed. I’ll leave it at that.

  • http://bakertoons.blogspot.com/ Charles Brubaker

    Difference in opinion = misinformation. Got it.

  • http://www.mortimertheslug.com floyd

    Seems to me there’s been a general downturn in the stuff offered up as comics in the newspapers.

    The best stuff these days is onlne; this guy for example seems to know the importance of creating memorable characters: http://www.mortimertheslug.com .