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The Sunday Funnies

Free Range (1/2/11) by Bill Whitehead

Hi & Lois (12/29) by Brian and Greg Walker and Robert “Chance” Browne.

Bizzaro (12/27/10) by Dan Piraro

(Thanks, Jim Lahue, Jed Martinez and Ed Austin)

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  • Yes, we are re-opening the Sunday Funnies comments thread for intelligent pro-or-con opinion.

  • The dolls in “Hi & Lois” is nice touch. Starting from the left: Hobbes, Otto (Sgt. Snorkle’s dog in “Beetle Bailey”), Garfield, Lucy, and I’m not sure whether the teddy bear is generic or based on an existing property.

    • Gerard de Souza

      Trixie always has the Teddy Bear with the button eye.

    • Jody Morgan

      It looks like the top of a Snoopy doll just below and to the left of Lucy, too.

  • The dolls in “Hi & Lois” were cute yes, but odd—since “Hi & Lois” is in the same universe as “Beetle Bailey” (Lois is Beetle’s sister). Beetle gave his niece an Otto doll he made, perhaps? :-p

    • Iritscen

      You just totally blew my mind.

  • TheGunheart

    For some reason, I find the mice using an iPhone as an HD flatpanel screen to be much funnier than I probably should.

    • victoria

      I know I laughed my butt :)

    • purin

      I think it’s great, too. It’s funny for a number of reasons… none of which are explained in the dialog!

    • Jody Morgan

      Same here; it just feels so unexpected and so obvious at the same time, like many good jokes. Nice job, Piraro.

  • Jake

    I actually thought the baby in “Hi and Lois” had a Sarge doll at first, but it looks like the colorist just colored Otto the dog wrong.

  • David Breneman

    The Snow White one makes no sense. Snow White is an adolescent girl and the dwarfs (Disney’s plural form) are grown men. Was she a mother figure to them? No. They were father (or maybe eccentric uncle) figures to her.

    The iPhone one is genuinely original and clever.

  • SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: I’ve just decided to cut The Sunday Funnies back to once a month. It will be heavily curated, with only the few cartoons that I deem the best of each month. Look for the next installment on February 6th.

    • Jody Morgan

      I’ll miss seeing the weekly, scattershot, for-good-or-ill Sunday Funnies collection, but I look forward to the monthly best-of Sunday Funnies. Thanks for your past and future work on these installments, Jerry!

  • artiebilkmore

    uncle wayne says:
    Continue the Sunday Funnies!!

    Well uncle wayne………….you get your wish….once a month anyway!!!

  • Shame. I always enjoyed The Sunday Funnies and I appreciated the effort the Jerry put into assembling it each week.

    Once a week, once a month or once a year. There’s just no pleasing some people. It was fun while it lasted.

  • Gummo

    An unusually cute batch of Sunday Funnies.

    I love Snow White’s expression — it looks like she’s heard this litany of complaints a hundred times before and she’s so tired of it being her problem.

    And the mice are just funny — now we know what happens to lost iPhones.

  • Katella Gate

    Jerry, I’m glad you turned the comments back on, I actually thought the last few crops of cartoons were pretty good but couldn’t say so.

    I agree on doing a “Best Of” collection once a month… too often, weak concepts are dressed up under with the faux “shock value” of having a Classic/Disney cartoon character saying something inappropriate.

  • The bear Charles Brubaker wonders about belongs to Trixie and has shown up periodically in ‘Hi and Lois’ for many years now.

  • Tony Montealegre

    I loved seeing Calvin’s stuffed tiger Hobbs there. At least in that classic comic, Hobbs can “talk”…