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The Sunday Funnies (7/25/10)

This week we have Medium Large (7/22) by Francesco Marciuliano; Crankshaft (7/22) by Tom Batiuk and Chuck Ayers; Wizard of Id (7/22) by Parker and Hart; and Speedbump (7/22) by Dave Coverly.

(Thanks to Jim Lahue, Jed Matinez and Kurtis Findley)

  • Tony Montealegre

    The first two are soooo hilarious while the last two are at least interesting.

  • Gerard de Souza

    Wizard of ID: Funny!
    The top one with Popeye? There was New Yorker one; same theme better worded.
    The second one? Yeah? So?

  • I liked all of these but didn’t much care for the artwork on the first one.

  • purin

    A lack of boobs and butt = masculine? That’s harsh.

    The second one is so true…

  • Rooniman

    That Popeye one was…. YEEESHH!!

  • Rooniman

    That Popeye one disturbs me.

  • Christopher Cook

    The Popeye bit had been done before awhile back by Mad Magazine. In an article called “animation cels that didn’t go up for sale”, it was drawn in an impeccable Fleischer style with Popeye carrying off Bluto (holding a flower) much to Olive’s fuming. The cel was titled “Popeye and Bluto finally stop fighting over Olive Oyl.”

  • Rooniman

    The Popeye comic is disturbing.

  • Tim Hodge

    The Crankshaft hits close to reality. My wife and I were at a symphony where they played “Ride of the Valkyries” and when the conductor introduced it, he said, “You may know it better as ‘Kill the Wabbit.'”

  • I like that Popeye and Bluto are in what appears to be a gay soda shoppe.

  • Scarabim

    The Popeye gag has been done and done and DONE, and better. (Mother Goose and Grimm did one version that I remember). And at BEST that kind of stuff reads like bad slash fiction. :P

    Pinocchio seems to inspire a lot of cartoonists, doesn’t he? I liked the comics concerning him today. “Driftwood” – brilliant!

  • I don’t understand the first one with Pinocchio, but I love the second comic with him and how it’s drawn. The Popeye one disturbs me greatly.

    • Hayden

      its a penis joke

  • Chris S

    I was carved from drift wood… ‘sniff’ ‘sniff’

  • Scarabim

    Leirin, the first Pinocchio comic has to do with um, erectile dysfunction medicine. The annoying/amusing ads for it run on TV a lot. If you use the medicine, and if afterward you have an erection for more than 4 hours, then you’re in trouble, pardner.

    And I agree with Purin. That’s a harsh dump on Olive Oyl. Does anyone call Calista Flockhart “masculine”?

    • “Does anyone call Calista Flockhart “masculine”? ”

      I’m reminded of Ava Gardner’s comment after Frank Sinatra married Mia Farrow: “I always knew he’d end up in bed with a boy.”

  • Pinocchio is a favorite target.

  • Anna

    Popeye one isn’t funny…

    Classical music and Bugs Bunny reference is HILARIOUS (because it is just so true. There’s quite a few melodies I can’t hear now w/out seeing a cartoon in my head in which that was used)

  • Vzk

    If you like “masculine-looking” women like Olive, you’re gay; but even if you like girly boys like Bridget, you’re still gay. What’s up with that?

  • Rumpelstiltskin

    Okay, since when does Olive Oyl qualify as masculine-looking?

    • Yeah, she’s extremely thin and doesn’t have a lot of curves, but I wouldn’t call that masculine. She still has feminine face and poses.

      Pretty dull jokes for the most part.

  • David Breneman

    “Anna” writes: Classical music and Bugs Bunny reference is HILARIOUS (because it is just so true.

    Yes, but just because something is true, that doesn’t make it funny, let alone hilarious. That’s the problem with so much humor today. It’s a cheap rip-off of what people like Martin Mull, Steve Martin, and Jay Leno were doing in the 70s.

    Back then it was fun to be part of the hip crowd that got the edgy “establishment society is so lame” jokes. Today, comfortable lame society types are making “hey, I get the obscure reference, so it must be funny” jokes. The only problem is, when those jokes are made by lame society types, the joke is on them.

  • Gerard de Souza

    Olive IS the prettiest woman in Sweethaven. Except when her cousin Sutra Oyl (from Bobby London’s strips) visits. :)

  • Roberto Severino

    Yawn! Nothing special, and that Popeye comic was creepy. Stop ripping off each other’s Pinocchio jokes. It’s getting old quick. How about some Donald Duck for a change?

  • Jody Morgan

    No duds today, but no classics either.

    Medium Large: I’m glad others are calling out Francesco Marciuliano for describing Olive as “masculine”, but I’m surprised no one’s mentioned the dialogue, which doesn’t sound at all like something that’d come out of Popeye’s mouth.

    The Wizard of Id: I’d expect something like this from one of the edgier Far-Side-like strips, but from The Wizard of Id?

    Speedbump: Best of the batch this week.

  • Bluto’s extremely exaggerated expression leads me to believe that his hands are up to no good.

  • Also, I never felt that homoerotic subtext in Popeye’s strip or cartoons until people started doing jokes about it. Batman and Robin, maybe, but Bluto and Popeye are basically enemies who fight for the same girl. How is that homoerotic? Because they’re sailors? People just have a dirty mind. If that was real then their relation would be sadomasochist, they are always punching each other.