The Sunday Funnies (3/14/10)



This week: Crankshaft (3/9/10) by Tom Batiuk and Chuck Ayers; Wulffmorganthaler (3/13/10) by Martin Mostrom Nielson; The Argyle Sweater (3/10/10) by Scott Hilburn.

(Thanks to Jim Lahue, David Ian White)


  • Mike Russo

    The first one is lame, the second one is only funny because of the way Donald is drawn and Argyle Sweater is just a cheap Far Side ripoff.

    Bleh on this week.

  • http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/mjf7583 Michael F.

    Crankshaft is the one comic strip that comes close to being as depressing as Funky Winkerbean. Then again Tom Batiuk does both of them.

  • http://www.bloodypulptales.com/ Mykal Banta

    Loved the first one. Man, that one hits home. As the saying goes, it’s funny beause it is so true. One must be of a certian age to appreciate it, I think. — Mykal

  • Dock Miles

    On-target, mild, domestic-situation newspaper comic-strip joke?

    Seems like a key part of the backbone of American graphic humor.

    Well, it’s in the museum now, but give the life-support form a break, you know?

  • http://vincemusacchia.blogspot.com vince m

    This is a good group this week, Jerry. Thanks!

  • http://www.animationinsider.net/ Aaron H. Bynum

    I read this past week that some politicians were comparing to Harry Reid to Scooby-Doo… but unfortunately, I haven’t seen a political cartoonist take it up yet.

  • http://www.inthebalcony.com Laughing Gravy

    Since there’s a finite group of original Mouseketeers, I found the first one in poor taste. If the comic strip had made a joke about one of the Monkees dying, would that be “funny”, too? The second one was the only good one. Not that I’m a comic strip rater, but since it’s a slow morning…

  • Chris Sobieniak

    “Crankshaft is the one comic strip that comes close to being as depressing as Funky Winkerbean. Then again Tom Batiuk does both of them.”

    Both have pretty much became very cold and rather depressingly dramatic in recent years. I miss the old days of Funky Winkerbean when it was high school angst, talking rocks and all that.

  • Mesterius

    Wow, take a look at the obvious “Far side” ripoff at the bottom.

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

    Are we going to have “Argyle Sweater is Far Side ripoff” comments EVERY time they’re posted??

  • http://powpowcomics.com Brooks Michael Williams

    The last one was the only one with any spirit in it, the others just seemed aimless and sad.