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Metapost: Bil Keane, 1922-2011

Bil Keane, creator of the Family Circus, died today after a long and by all accounts happy life. We owe him a debt of thanks for providing such a tempting target for mockery over the years — mockery that he was by all accounts incredibly good-natured about (he even collected Family Circus spoofs). His own sense of humor was reportedly a lot edgier than what the strip became best known for, as some of the early panels (like the one from 1960 above) demonstrate. RIP, Big Daddy Keane.

Meanwhile, little Jeffy (age 53) has been writing and drawing the strip for years now, so expect exactly zero changes on that front, and our mockery to continue unabated.

79 responses to “Metapost: Bil Keane, 1922-2011”

  1. Mustang
    November 9th, 2011 at 8:10 pm [Reply]

    I have to pay tribute to someone who has given me such joy. I have often been absolutely astounded at the bizarreness of FC, but isn’t it wonderful that something has such power? This is a guy who started a simple cartoon that survived for many many years and made many many people laugh.

  2. Worried In Wisconsin
    November 9th, 2011 at 8:11 pm [Reply]

    Wow, what a life. If I could make a mint off of some doodles, I’d put up with the snark too.

    How many husbands has the cartoon mom had? Is she some sort of black widow-type? What happened to drunky-dad up there? This strip gets darker and darker…

  3. Eric O. Costello
    November 9th, 2011 at 8:11 pm [Reply]

    The father has changed quite a bit, hasn’t he? Also looks like he’s smoking in that panel, for some reason, unless it’s a scan issue.

  4. Kevin DuBrow
    November 9th, 2011 at 8:15 pm [Reply]

    There will be no change in content, as every Family Circus strip lasting until March 13, 2019 was drawn in advance by Mr. Keane in a drunken stupor in ’67.

  5. Lisa
    November 9th, 2011 at 8:20 pm [Reply]

    One of the very early FC strips had Dolly playing singing for her mom’s guests, then turning to Mommy and saying “Let’s give them a little Mack the Knife.” A real difference from what the strip became.

    RIP, Mr. Keane.

  6. Mustang
    November 9th, 2011 at 8:20 pm [Reply]

    @Eric O. Costello (#3): People used to smoke all the time. It was completely normal. Dads also used to not have to ever ever have to be saddled with dealing with the childcare thing. Seriously, it would be like if your wife asked you to clean the bathroom now.

  7. Liam
    November 9th, 2011 at 8:23 pm [Reply]

    What happened to the dad? It looks he was an actual person back then with him sneaking a bottle of booze into a ball game. Nowadays the dad probably wouldn’t even drink.

  8. Ben
    November 9th, 2011 at 8:36 pm [Reply]

    By all accounts he was a good person with a good sense of humor about his work. He was a pleasant enough to get Spinn to close down the DFC way back when just with a phone call and not by sicking the lawyers on him. I may go find the Free-Floating DFC tonight for a laugh again.

    Although I feel the same way as Bill Watterson about legacy comics: they are dinosaurs. It would be nice to see some of the old ones go extinct. I forget what comic talked about the Family Circus being the suck at the bottom of the page, but I have long agreed with that.

    It would be fascinating to see some of the old comics, I believe Bil was inspired by the New Yorker style of drawing and it really shows in the earlier panels.

  9. Little Guy
    November 9th, 2011 at 8:37 pm [Reply]

    Stephan Pastis on Bil Keane’s Passing — just what you’d expect.

  10. Mark
    November 9th, 2011 at 8:38 pm [Reply]

    The Onion AV Club had a good obituary on him today, including the answer to “what happened” to the older, edgier comics: Keane realized that the more sentimental comics got a bigger response, and stopped trying to be funny. Which, after reading the obituary, I have no problem with – I didn’t like FC much, but it wasn’t trying to be something I’d like.

  11. Dingo, the Essence of Purity and Virtue Incarnate™
    November 9th, 2011 at 8:39 pm [Reply]

    Somewhere, in the stony death of comicdom, a silent voice shouts “NOT ME!’

  12. Red Greenback
    November 9th, 2011 at 8:42 pm [Reply]

    Rest in peace, Bil.

  13. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    November 9th, 2011 at 8:45 pm [Reply]

  14. Roto13
    November 9th, 2011 at 8:46 pm [Reply]

    I’d like to post some Tweets I made when I heard the news this morning:

    Bil Keane (Family Circus) died? Huh. Will his eulogy be a series of malapropisms?

    Seriously though, The Family Circus started off as a pretty good comic 40 years ago. The man had talent.

    These days, his son Jeff (Jeffy!) writes and draws it. By all accounts, he’s a pretty cool and talented guy too.

    The Family Circus just has its specific audience these days of old people and grandparents, so it’s aimed at them. Which is fine, I guess.

    That said, I kind of chuckled at today’s Family Circus. RIP Bil Keane. http://www.arcamax.com/thefunnies/familycircus/s-975590

  15. Little Guy
    November 9th, 2011 at 8:50 pm [Reply]

    @Occipital Lobe (#y251): Beat me to the Pastis tribute.

  16. Red Greenback
    November 9th, 2011 at 8:58 pm [Reply]

  17. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    November 9th, 2011 at 9:40 pm [Reply]

    @Mustang (#6): Actually, Eric already knows what people used to do. His reference work (op cit) is incredibly valuable in deciphering classic Warner cartoons. That’s right, kids, there are some references even ol’ Muffaroo doesn’t get. Or there were, before Eric came along. I was proud to serialize it in Apatoons, back when I was Monkey #1.

    (Hi Eric! Drop by chat some Sunday, man!)

  18. El Santo
    November 9th, 2011 at 9:47 pm [Reply]

    RIP Bil Keane. I’ve always envied folks like him and Sparky who could have a career in comics. It’s weird; it feels like a bygone era’s passed. Tony Millionaire’s tweet was very sweet: “I loved that strip, not ironically, but really! It’s for normal people. Sometimes I wish I could be normal again”

    https://twitter.com/#!/tonymillionaire/status/134419030038683649

  19. Artist formerly known as Ben
    November 9th, 2011 at 9:56 pm [Reply]

    Josh, I expected a classy In Memoriam from you, and I wasn’t disappointed. Keane gave us a lot to mock, but a lot to appreciate too. And that comic up top did make me snrk.

  20. Artist formerly known as Ben
    November 9th, 2011 at 9:57 pm [Reply]

    @Dingo, the Essence of Purity and Virtue Incarnate™ (#11): And an equally silent voice replies “Ida No”, to infinite echoes.

  21. Mumblix Grumph
    November 9th, 2011 at 10:06 pm [Reply]

    RIP, Mr. Keane.

    Thanks for everything.

    Say hi to Sparky.

  22. stinkfoot
    November 9th, 2011 at 10:20 pm [Reply]

    It’s like saying goodbye to your granpa who cracked all those jokes that made you groan. RIP, Bill Keane.

  23. FOOBed again
    November 9th, 2011 at 10:38 pm [Reply]

    @Dingo, the Essence of Purity and Virtue Incarnate™ (#11): Hey, Dingo! Great to see you on here!

  24. bats :[
    November 9th, 2011 at 10:50 pm [Reply]

    Good to see you, Dingo!!! Hope we don’t have to wait until another cartoonist shuffles off the mortal coil to hear from you (and I hope you’re doing well).

    For no good reason, I have a copy of Keane’s “Channel Chuckles” (it’s amazing what people will donate to the Friends of the Library…like a satin-covered “Love is…” collection). Would anyone like it? Let me know and we’ll figure out a way to get it to you.

  25. ZananIV
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:00 pm [Reply]

    RIP Bill Keane. He contributed a piece of American pop culture that’s still going strong. He’s earned a nice spot in Comics Valhalla.

  26. ElkMeadow
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:04 pm [Reply]

    When I was working for the National Multiple Sclerosis Read-a-thon in Portland, OR, in the 1980′s, Bil Keane graciously allowed us free use of one of his cartoon panels, for classroom posters (8.5 x 11 inches) in all of the participating schools. There were a few hundred of them made, in which Billy was holding a book and saying, “I like reading–it puts pictures in my head.”

    We had the MS Read-a-thon and McDonald’s logos on the flyer, and the contest dates. One of the teachers later confessed that when the read-a-thon was over, she trimmed it so it was just the cartoon, and laminated it for her future classes.

    Now I’ve got out my 1973 copy of “Hello, Grandma,” to reread in Mr. Keane’s memory.

  27. Mibbitmaker
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:08 pm [Reply]

    I just heard about it a few minutes ago on, of all things, a local radio show (a couple record collectors on a free radio station — rock ‘n’ roll, odd finds, etc — it’s still on as I type this)

    Josh, Pastis, Dingo, etc., were more eloquent than I could be (ideas for a tribute editorial cartoon — unpublished, of course — are bouncing about. Nothing solid yet), so I’ll leave it at the nice idea that Bil and his wife are now reunited.

    re: the older strip above: It was drawn during the same era as “Mad Men” takes place in, so the casual portrayal of smoking wasn’t that unusual. Even in a Herman Cain campaign ad!

  28. ElkMeadow
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:12 pm [Reply]

    @Roto13 (#14):

    These days, his son Jeff (Jeffy!) writes and draws it. By all accounts, he’s a pretty cool and talented guy too.

    Jeff went on a USO tour in Iraq, in 2009, with Gary Trudeau and Stephan Pastis and some other cartoonists: Jeff Bacon, Chip Bok, Bruce Higdon, Rick Kirkman, Mike Peters, Mike Ramirez, and Tom Richmond. One can only imagine Bil’s feelings when his son followed in his footsteps.

  29. True Fable
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:12 pm [Reply]

    There is an empty circle without a telltale dotted line or singular nostril. No chunky little limbs will trot around in short pants, no soulless black eyedots will stare out as toothless black ovals issue malapropisms for our groaning, pun-weary minds to bear. Oh, the comic will continue, it’s true – but the circle will remain blank in my mind because nothing can replace the original craftsman, just as the comic itself in later years did not reflect the actual sharp playful wit of the man himself. Rest in Peace, Big Daddy Keane, as you and Thel drive off into eternity in a ratty old station wagon.

  30. mollificent
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:18 pm [Reply]

    @Dingo, the Essence of Purity and Virtue Incarnate™ (#11): Dingo emerges from lurkdom (yay!) and bestows upon us a comment laced with his usual wit and profundity. Good to see you, brother. :)

    @bats :[ (#y213): Oh my God. I am SO going to find a way to work “I am very sorry, RCMP, but it is time for you to STFU!” into a conversation somewhere. SOMEWHERE. (“Theeere’s aaaaa plaaaaace for uuuusss…”)

  31. Spotts1701
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:30 pm [Reply]

    I had a couple of the collections from the mid-to-late 80′s, and as a kid I enjoyed them. Now, I look at Family Circus in the same way I look at marshmallow Peeps – it’s a good indulgence every once in a while, but I wouldn’t want it every day.

  32. Baka Gaijin
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:32 pm [Reply]

    @Dingo, the Essence of Purity and Virtue Incarnate™ (#11): Go Dingo! Good to read you again. Don’t be a stranger now.

    @bats :[ (#24): A satin-covered Love Is collection? There are no words.

  33. commodorejohn
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:37 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#32): You think the idea is bad? Try actually receiving it in the mail.

    There will be a reckoning, ohhhh yes there will.

  34. JupiterPluvius
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:52 pm [Reply]

    Well, God bless him and his family. He did his thing, his way, and may he rest in peace. (Also, someone else already copped the “Not Me!” gag, so.)

    Has anybody else here read the great novel The Funnies, by J. Robert Lennon? It sort of takes off from the whole “there was one kid who didn’t get a comic strip counterpart” premise and goes all sorts of interesting places.

  35. Ingeld
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:53 pm [Reply]

    A lot of very nice comments here after a nice piece by Josh. I am I
    Honestly impressed by the amount of class here.

    My favorite Bil Keene book was something called Jest In Pun. I had it as a kid in the 70s. It was clever and witty and I remember many of the visual and word puns to this day. It was not Family Circus based. RIP Bil and thanks.

  36. Just some guy
    November 10th, 2011 at 12:10 am [Reply]

    I used to read and like the Family Circus books when I was a little kid in the late 70′s.
    I know FC has long been a punching bag for the internet, but its target audience was little kids and old people, and apparently still satisfies that demographic!

  37. Pseudo3D
    November 10th, 2011 at 12:19 am [Reply]

    You know, here’s ANOTHER instance of Comic-Stuff Invading My Life, but less glaring than the Lemon Wedge and the McPlugger incident. The case lies in that, like A3G and RMMD, the news media doesn’t really understand “going viral”, using it in a shaky YouTube video that has some teenagers brawling after school. The YouTube count is only at 1000 views and only has about half a dozen comments.

    The worst part of it, really, is the fact that it takes place in the parking lot of one of my favorite supermarkets.

  38. NoahSnark
    November 10th, 2011 at 12:24 am [Reply]

    Family Circus was one of my favorite comics as a kid. I drifted away from it as an adult, only to rediscover it here – and discover that there was a second layer of humor lying beneath the strip.

    There are times when I think that second layer was quite deliberate. The snark and mockery that single panel evokes is quite high, and some of the openings are softballs that even a casual curmudgeon can knock out of the park.

    Regardless of whether Bil Keane intended it that way or not, he created a comic strip that I have been reading for a large chunk of my life. Innocently or ironically, I have enjoyed it. It has made me laugh, and I am grateful for that.

    Rest in peace Mr. Keane.

  39. kkarenb
    November 10th, 2011 at 12:38 am [Reply]

    I was always too embarassed to admit this, but I have had a Family Circus cartoon on my refrigerator for at least a decade. The cartoon reminds me of something my son used to do when he was small. Surely I’m not the only one who related to at least one Family Circus strip.

    The tributes to Bil Keane have been really moving. It sounds like he was a really nice guy. RIP.

  40. Baka Gaijin
    November 10th, 2011 at 1:04 am [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#33): Oh no! I hadn’t even thought of it’s arrival. Oh how, how, what’s the high-faluting word I’m looking for Nehemiah Scudder?

  41. Droopy Says
    November 10th, 2011 at 1:39 am [Reply]

    The Amusing Spiderman: Well, I recognize it as a gas mask. From 1915, when the Germans started using chlorine, and the quickest way to counteract it was to wear a gauze mask soaked in your own urine. Now how can Spiderworm have known about the gas, when, ah, screw it.

    Family Circus: If I’d known Bil Keane was such a nice guy, I’d have tried for funnier snarks. I hope that somewhere he left a stash of comics as funny as the one at the top of the page.

    Creepy Les: At least something will wipe the smirk off Louse’s face. If Batiuk is trying to Make A Statement about funding public schools, why didn’t he make it before Tuesday’s elections?

    Rex Mussolini: What’s with the Army talk? And is the kid really missing when you know where she is? Now quit acting all upset that your potential victim had a cell phone, and use it to call the kid’s mother.

    Mock Trail: Hurry up and write the frickin’ article before Sergeant Dougie goes viral and tells everyone on earth what it’s about. Your editor at Woof & Warp will not thank you if you let a scoop like this slip through your badly-drawn fingers!

    Pluggers: Pluggers spend next summer grumbling about how the duct tape ruined the paint and woodwork, before it peeled off in that last huge blizzard.

  42. Maggie the Cat
    November 10th, 2011 at 1:46 am [Reply]

    This is the first “old” FC I’ve ever seen, and I must say I am impressed with dat ass Thel was packing back in the 1960s.

  43. Maggie the Cat
    November 10th, 2011 at 1:47 am [Reply]

    I was so stunned by Thel’s juicy double that I forgot to wish Mr. Keane a wonderful afterlife as a transparent angel drawing looking down upon his grandkids. RIP.

  44. Archaeopteryx
    November 10th, 2011 at 1:51 am [Reply]

    Rest in Peace, Bil. You’ve inadvertently given me gales of laughter when filtered through Curmudging. Also you seemed like a really nice guy.

  45. Nehemiah Scudder
    November 10th, 2011 at 1:54 am [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#40): Well, put me on the spot, why not. I’m the go-to guy for high falutin’ periphrastic polysyllabic phrases now?

    Ok. The dreaded expectation of a package. Hmm. Nope. I’m flummoxed. So, whenever I need to stall, or obfuscate, I always fall back on a Latin quotation. Never fails. Here you go:

    Nemo saltat sobrius.*

    Pretty good, huh?

  46. Nehemiah Scudder
    November 10th, 2011 at 1:54 am [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#45): * No one dances sober.

  47. TheTJ
    November 10th, 2011 at 2:35 am [Reply]

    Ahhh… Old Family Circus, a time when you could make a joke involving achohol and little Jeffy was nowhere to be seen. A better time.

  48. Mibbitmaker
    November 10th, 2011 at 2:47 am [Reply]

    ~TRIBUTE~

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. :o)

  49. mollificent
    November 10th, 2011 at 4:05 am [Reply]

    Off the metapost topic, but on the topic of comics (sort of)…I was just watching The Colbert Report (last night’s) and he showed an ad for a mobile home which looks like it would be perfect for the Drivers:

    http://www.marchi-mobile.com/en/showroom/luxury-mobile-homes/

    As Colbert said, “It looks like a stormtrooper banged a Winnebago.”

    (P.S. Oversnarpologies if somebody already saw this…)

  50. Connor
    November 10th, 2011 at 4:33 am [Reply]

    I always thought it was weird how the mother always looked the same but the dad started out as chubby old bald guy and evolved into a blandly handsome young man. It’s like they just replaced one member of the family.

  51. Dub Not Dubya
    November 10th, 2011 at 4:58 am [Reply]

    I’m stepping out of lurkdom (or rather not having time to read the comments usually) to tell a quick story. When we were little, my younger brother was a huge FC fan. He decided to write a letter to Keane and went to some lengths to track down his home address. A few weeks later, he received a reply in the mail. It was a cartoon of the FC kids reading a letter, with one of them saying, “Hi, John!” I was sure that it was mass-produced (cynical even then!), but we tried smearing the ink on the signature, and it was actually signed by him. It was a really nice gesture by Keane to send that to him. Rest in peace, good man.

  52. Mr. O'Malley
    November 10th, 2011 at 5:45 am [Reply]

    I can recall reading FC back when I was a teenager, and I never liked it much even then. Although the dotted line thing was fairly clever, in moderation.

    By all accounts Bil and Thel were both very nice people with many admirable qualities.

    You have to give Bil credit for creating a cultural icon that summed up something about what the American suburbs wanted to hear about themselves. I wonder how much longer we will want to hear that same story. Maybe we will want to make the reality bend back towards the myth.

    @Dingo, the Essence of Purity and Virtue Incarnate™ (#11): Hi Dingo, nice to hear from you!

  53. Mr. O'Malley
    November 10th, 2011 at 6:00 am [Reply]

    DT: Oo, vintage meta! Although it reminds me that I miss BS.

    JP: You really don’t understand. The way to control a band is to own the PA!

    Luann: OK, good, this story is over and we can move on to … maybe something about Bernice?

    MW: WTF does she care about the amount because she is calling to tell them the card has been stolen. Lame.

  54. Liam
    November 10th, 2011 at 6:25 am [Reply]

    All future strips shall now be drawn by Billy, age 7.

    What killed Bill Keene? Ida Know.

  55. C. Sandy Cyst
    November 10th, 2011 at 6:25 am [Reply]

    I did the Family Circus of Values for two years, managing to stay under his radar, and cultivated a genuine respect for the old guy. He even let the DFC carry on to a nice round number. Captain Bland-o-kidneys he might have been, but he seemed like a decent man and it really is a shame, if not a surprise, that he’s died.

  56. keyloggers
    November 10th, 2011 at 6:35 am [Reply]

    RIP Bil Keane. I really like Family circus cartoon. It is amazing to know that this comics has been liked by many people after so many years.

  57. Little Guy
    November 10th, 2011 at 8:08 am [Reply]

    @Connor (#50): Then the truth finally comes out: the dad in FC is a Time Lord, Thel is a Companion, and the kids are Time Babies.

  58. Jessy
    November 10th, 2011 at 8:15 am [Reply]

    RIP, Bil Keane.

  59. Little Guy
    November 10th, 2011 at 8:15 am [Reply]

    The Empty Spidey: “Are you my mummy?”

    JP: Chris Hansen shed a tear as Sophie’s nipple makes its debut.

    Lio: Halloween leftovers. Hee!

    Luann: The end result is that Bwad has no job, kicks out TJ, moves back with his parents, dignity intact, where his moth…… Saaaaaaaaaay! NOW I know who’s writing this storyline — Mama DeGroot!

  60. Snowshoecat
    November 10th, 2011 at 8:23 am [Reply]

    As a huge fan of Michael Cavna’s “Comic Riffs” I found out about Bil Keane’s death yesterday. I enjoyed his tribute, including those of fellow cartoonists.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/bil-keane-memoriam-fellow-cartoonists-remember-the-family-circus-creator/2011/11/09/gIQAp9nr5M_blog.html

  61. Tom D.
    November 10th, 2011 at 9:43 am [Reply]

    There was much more to The Family Circus than just sickly sweet. Check out mommy in her bikini in the vacation strips. She looked dare I say it, sexy. I think old Bil like to draw her that way. R.I.P.

  62. Joe, the Upper-Evergreen Guy
    November 10th, 2011 at 9:50 am [Reply]

    *Moment of silence for Bil Keane*

  63. Darryl Heine
    November 10th, 2011 at 10:06 am [Reply]

    R.I.P. Bil Keane.

    The Chicago Sun-Times stopped carrying the Family Circus comic strip in August 2001 dropping it to make room for Lio.

    Weren’t recent years of the Family Circus comic strip reworked past strips with new art changes or something like that?

  64. Readem and Laf
    November 10th, 2011 at 10:09 am [Reply]

    RIP Bil Keane

    We’ve made fun of Family Circus, but it’s been friendly. Another smile added to other smiles.

    I think I’ll always remember the tracks showing Billy’s path throughout the neighborhood.

  65. Binder's Butter Beans
    November 10th, 2011 at 10:45 am [Reply]

    I loved the Family Circus when I was a kid – unironically, I mean. I loved reading it because it was still funny, back then. It turned into the current freakshow so gradually that I can’t even pin down the point when I noticed it wasn’t funny anymore … I own a couple of Family Circus books from the good ol’ days, and I’ll probably be taking them down and reading them today.

    Rest in peace, Mr. Keane.

  66. bats :[
    November 10th, 2011 at 11:07 am [Reply]

    @mollificent (#49): why, yes. Yes, it does.

  67. Braniff
    November 10th, 2011 at 11:17 am [Reply]

    @Mustang (#6): I recall another one showing Daddy blowing a smoke ring. Afterwards, Jeffy asked “Mommy, can I have a donut?” Nowadays, that would BE politically incorrect-both in terms of blowing the smoke ring and asking for the donut!

  68. Braniff
    November 10th, 2011 at 11:29 am [Reply]

    Another thouht: My local newspaper, the Des Moines Register, not only carries The Family Circus and had an article about Keane’s passing today, but it failed to mention that for a number of years, the company which syndicated The Family Circus was none other than the Des Moines Register (its Register & Tribune Syndicate). The comic strip was later picked up by King Features, apparently after The Des Moines Register was sold to Gannett. (Correct me if any of these details are wrong.)

    In addition, the Des Moines Register and its evening counterpart, the Des Moines Tribune, carried Channel Chuckles and Eggheads, both by Bil Keane, the latter one which I thought was lame even by the standards of The Family Circus. The Des Moines Register’s obituary did not mention either Channel Chuckles or Eggheads. I wonder why.

  69. Jordan
    November 10th, 2011 at 12:11 pm [Reply]

    RIP Bil. I grew up on your comics and you didn’t steer me wrong. God bless.

  70. LUJBEM FEJF
    November 10th, 2011 at 12:21 pm [Reply]

    Anyone who pays attention to the Jumble will notice that when I draw someone reading a newspaper, you’ll see the Jumble puzzle and always a mini Family Circus cartoon. It’s not a newspaper without the Family Circus. Bil Keane’s creation has influenced me more than I’ll ever be able to understand. Family Circus is a gateway comic for so many. Thanks Bil!

  71. Christopher
    November 10th, 2011 at 1:08 pm [Reply]

    Just the other day I was thinking about my copy of Tales Too Ticklish To Tell which came with a complimentary copy of The Bloom Picayune. The paper had a Family Circus cartoon of Billy holding his pet tortoise and saying, “Beany’s so gnarled and smelly he reminds me of grandma.”

    I’m tickled by the thought that Mr. Keane not only laughed at that as much as I did but also added it to a whole collection of Family Circus parodies.

  72. Anonymous
    November 10th, 2011 at 5:05 pm [Reply]

    Great little E-ulogy Josh.

  73. Darryl Heine
    November 10th, 2011 at 5:56 pm [Reply]

    @LUJBEM FEJF (#70): When was the most recent Jumble with a Family Circus cartoon?

  74. LUJBEM FEJF
    November 10th, 2011 at 7:44 pm [Reply]

    @Darryl Heine (#73): Halloween. 2 for 1, a shout out to Charles Schultz, but if you look at the paper that the pumpkin guts are lying on, I’ve shown a Jumble and Family Circus.

  75. ThursdayNext
    November 10th, 2011 at 11:55 pm [Reply]

    @Little Guy (#59): Oh, thank you for this. I hear a Who.

  76. DudeTheObscure
    November 13th, 2011 at 12:56 pm [Reply]

    That edgy old cartoon reminded me of a New Yorker cartoon from perhaps the same era: Kid is in kitchen with father who is pouring cocktails; kid yells into the next room, “Mommy! Daddy’s putting two in his!”

  77. Lisa
    November 14th, 2011 at 2:11 am [Reply]

    @Dingo, the Essence of Purity and Virtue Incarnate™ (#11): So I mostly lurk, but I’m so happy to see a comment from Dingo I wanted to join in!

  78. Halloween Jack
    November 15th, 2011 at 4:19 pm [Reply]

    our mockery to continue unabated.

    Stay hard, big lad.

  79. Fantomex
    November 25th, 2011 at 12:05 pm [Reply]

    @Ben: Better watch out, the same thing could be said about most comic books.

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