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Metapost: Dagwood trickery! (And COTW)

Comment of the week coming soon, but first I must post this bit of amazing comics detective work from faithful reader Patrick of the Interlibrary Loan Division:

I’m an artist with a day job at a public library. One day I was repairing a microfilm reader printer and was making test copies using a September 1952 Lexington (KY) Herald. Because I read CC, I gravitated towards the comics and lo and behold, there is the very same Mr. Dithers looking for Dagwood in the bathroom and finding him hanging out the window with the towel draped the same way as in the colour 2008 version snarked on at CC.

There is a part of me that sort of likes Blondie as a legacy strip but at the same time, the 1952 and 2008 strips are exactly what’s wrong with the state of comics today. In any case, I thought you might find the strip useful for comparison’s sake.

I offer the two strips together here for you to take a look at. The more artistically skilled than I can figure out how much of the actual art has been copied along with the joke.

Note that the more expansive comics format in days of yore allowed for an extra panel, in which Mr. Dithers angrily brandishes Dagwood’s pants, and which to my mind is the funniest bit in the whole strip. One is also left to wonder what difference in nuance separates 1952′s “SO?” from 2008′s “SO!!!” The whole thing does really lead me to wonder how often legacy strips with huge archives simply recycle gags wholesale every decade or so.

Also! Do not forget that I am going to be on Jeopardy! tomorrow (July 22)! The show is syndicated, so (God, it’s fun saying this) check your local listings. (UPDATE: Apparently in some markets Jeopardy is broadcast twice in one day — but one of the shows is a repeat. Be sure you’re watching the right one!) I’ll be the dork who looks like this:

On this point, a humble request. Are there any techno-studs or -studettes out there who have a digital video recording setup situation that will allow you to easily (and I must emphasize easily — I don’t want anyone putting themselves out on this score) record the show and put it in a format that I can save digitally forever (DVD, MPEG, whatever)? Please email me if so! (UPDATE: I have got a flood of responses on this point, so no need for further e-mailin’. Thanks to all!)

And finally, what you’ve all been waiting for: the comment of the week!

That old moose could kill Roger! Mom jeans, don’t fail me now!” –Duckman30

And runners-up!

Today’s Crankshaft reprises Tom Batiuk’s tried-and-true Last Sex Ever Ever formula. Soon Pam will die. These strips are like slasher films, only without the hot teenagers.” –Uncle Lumpy

“Man, any time Cathy does anything, she throws her arm back like she’s in the damn Torch Song Trilogy. I wish I could get that down, as it adds much needed flair. But I’d just fuck up my rotator cuff, probably.” –Jetsam

“I’m not very comfortable with the door Pluggers is opening with the introduction of the ‘You’re a plugger if your (blank) doubles as a/n (blank)’ motif. Sure, it’ll be harmless enough for a while; just a little ‘spatula’ and ‘fly-swatter’ here and a bit of ‘trash can’ and ‘fireplace’ there, but I think we all know where this is leading.” –Violet

“Incidentally, if I were given a vote, I’d vote Sally get a new hairstyle before a new kid.” –Farley’s Revenge

“Perhaps, Eric, thinking the connection is lousy, is shouting into the phone but, in reality, his voice is coming through quite fine. So Margo has to hold the phone that far away in order to not damage her hearing, which, as a predator animal, is exquisitely sensitive.” –DAS

“Sigh … I remember the day that my husband screamed his proposal to me over a cell phone.” –Rachel211

“Margo’s not vibrating because of the shouted proposal, she’s just now realizing that she is dressed exactly like Brady Bunch housekeeper Alice. Will Eric be her Sam the Butcher? Only time will tell. (For those of you who are impatient, the answer is no.)” –Pantsless Irving

“I’m not sure what kind of face I’d make if someone screeched a proposal at me over the phone, but I’m fairly certain it wouldn’t be the face of deep, soul-crushing ennui. ‘Honeymoon, shmoneymoon … life is a meaningless game, Eric.’” –Al Ewing

“So, what is that ‘animal’ in MT anyway? Today it sort of looks like a bucking bronco in panel one but then it morphs back to a moose in panel three. A moose? A horse? A moorse?” –Flying Ace

“All the name-dropping suggests to me that Ray Billingsley is not really following an anti-Pixar stance, but is indulging in his love for the quotation mark.” –Lake Eerie

That panel from Mary Worth reminds me of the ‘good citizenship’ posters they used to plaster all over my junior high and which made me resolve to turn into a dope-smoking fiend as soon as I could find some friends with weed.” –cheech wizard

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227 responses to “Metapost: Dagwood trickery! (And COTW)”

  1. Poteet
    July 21st, 2008 at 10:45 pm [Reply]

    Yay Duckman30! Woot woot! And I say that even though my own jeans are so mom-ish that they probably qualify as grandma jeans.

  2. Poteet
    July 21st, 2008 at 10:50 pm [Reply]

    And huzzahs also for the highly amusing runners-up! Wave nicely from the float, and remember to sweep your eyes benignly over the cheering throngs on both sides of the street.

  3. Artist formerly known as Ben
    July 21st, 2008 at 10:59 pm [Reply]

    Congrratulations to Patrick of the ILP. That is some find. Somehow the Korean War era Blondie is even more sexualized than the current one.

    A fine crop of COTWs and…

    Just a few hours until Josh’s T-Day. (The T is for Trebek, baby!)

  4. Poteet
    July 21st, 2008 at 11:00 pm [Reply]

    And depending on my local listings, I hope to see you on JEOPARDY, Josh. Has anyone else ever tried to figure out just which obscure categories it would take to make you an almost certain JEOPARDY winner?

    *crickets chirping*

    Ha ha! I was only joking, of course.

  5. Poteet
    July 21st, 2008 at 11:04 pm [Reply]

    And did anyone else briefly wonder whether Dagwood’s junk would look different now than it did in 1952?

    Okay, that’s it. That is definitely it. Time to do laundry.

  6. Patrick
    July 21st, 2008 at 11:11 pm [Reply]

    In the 1950s, “so?” in American informal English often was short for “Is that so?” or “is this really the case?” So in the original strip, Mr. Dithers is saying “are you really hanging out the window, you miserable twit?” while in the more contemporary strip he’s saying “So this is what you’re up to, you miserable twit.” The first is incredulous. The second is judgmental. I’m fascinated, however, that even though the nature of the very language has changed, the exact drape of the towel has not.

  7. Vakar
    July 21st, 2008 at 11:18 pm [Reply]

    6: Yes, it looks to me like the Dagwood is EXACTLY the same in both strips, even though the it otherwise looks redrawn. I choose to believe that no one wanted to spend any amount of time drawing darn near nude Dag if they didn’t have to.

    Great find, Patrick, and congrats to all the funny folk!

  8. Baron Von Foobenstein
    July 21st, 2008 at 11:18 pm [Reply]

    Re: Blondie — This highlights why I was unimpressed with the endless self-congratulation and funnypage-wide circle jerk that took place a few years ago when Blondie hit its 75th anniversary. It’s the same goddam three or four jokes over and over. The gags literally are old and tired. The strip is dated beyond belief in spite of some attempts to give it contemporary twists. It should have died with its creator in the early 1960′s. I wish more papers had the guts to pull the plug on this dinosaur and make room for the next Stephan Pastis.

  9. PeteMoss
    July 21st, 2008 at 11:32 pm [Reply]

    Duckman30! Excellent. I, myself, prefer the “mom jeans.” They make my ass look all pert an’ stuff and hold my gut in.

    Very nice group of runners-up, as well. Nice to see the good Uncle Lumpy back in contention.

    It’s nice to see that they at least waited 56 years to recycle that Blondie gag.

  10. Rainbird
    July 21st, 2008 at 11:32 pm [Reply]

    I have noticed this in the BC strips as well. Great to be able to see the two side-by-side.

    I’m wondering if we are getting a re-run in Prince Valiant, going to America, since he did that 60 years ago.

    i guess they don’t think people read the comics that long.

    Oh, and congrats to the COTW. One day, if I ever get my snark up, I too will be there. But you all say it first and better than I do.

  11. LTBF
    July 21st, 2008 at 11:32 pm [Reply]

    There is a discussion board on the Jeopardy website where you can discuss his appearance tomorrow with other Jeopardy fans. There is even a thread related to his being on the show.

    http://boards.sonypictures.com/boards/forumdisplay.php?f=11

  12. manzanita
    July 21st, 2008 at 11:33 pm [Reply]

    8: While I agree that simply recycling comics from the archives is lame and pathetic, I completely disagree about your feelings on the Blondie 75th anniversary. I thought it was great how it was done, and I really liked how so many comics went along with it and did cross-over references. That kind of meta-humor is just my thing, I guess.

  13. PeteMoss
    July 21st, 2008 at 11:34 pm [Reply]

    Old Blondie – Notice that the date includes “Friday Morning.” That was back in the day when papers ran two editions!

  14. fillmoreeast
    July 21st, 2008 at 11:36 pm [Reply]

    Darn. I was really hoping that the dude with the dumpster suit and the Jew-fro That Ate Cincinnati would win on Jeopardy today. He was nine kinds of awesome, and you two could have teamed up like some kind of crimefighting ubergeek duo. Instead you get intimidating two-time champion guy.

    Well, good retroactive luck anyway. We’ll be sure to mock any mindbogglingly easy questions you get wrong, armchair quarterbacks that we are.

  15. LTBF
    July 21st, 2008 at 11:36 pm [Reply]

    I agree Blondie is the same few jokes over and over, but the same can be said for a lot of strips. The smaller the cast, the fewer the possible jokes Garfield has three main characters (four if you count Liz) and its the same thing every day.

    Garfield is lazy
    Garfield eats a lot
    John is a dork with no life.
    Garfield makes wry comments while watching TV.

    Its a laugh riot.

  16. Rusty
    July 21st, 2008 at 11:41 pm [Reply]

    Today’s Baldo: In which the father totally undermines the entire premise of the strip.

    Sorry, out of left field but I haven’t been able to read earlier threads yet.

  17. bats :[
    July 21st, 2008 at 11:50 pm [Reply]

    Oooooooh, ex cathedra time! You can see Hiz Holiness say hey on the Jeopardy website! Fer real and true!
    http://www.jeopardy.com/showguide_thisweek.php

    And, dang! Now I’m getting all nervous and pukey-feeling for Josh — I can’t watch the Wildcats play for the same reason!

  18. Maughta
    July 21st, 2008 at 11:52 pm [Reply]

    Aw, dag(gummit)woodpants! I have to work while you’ll be on the teevee. Please tell me that someone’s planning on uploading a pirated version to YouTube, I’m beggin’ ya!

  19. Dingo
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:18 am [Reply]

    Baka Gaijin and my fellow gay ‘mudgeons: in that fine picture, doesn’t Josh look like the very definition of “otter” in the gay lexicon?

  20. Dingo
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:21 am [Reply]

    Sweet Jebus! I checked out that Jeopardy site. Daniel Weissman’s hair looks like it spent a couple of hours between Kelly Welly’s thighs.

  21. KT
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:25 am [Reply]

    Wow, just in time! For Jeopardy, that is. I just today got back from a looong trip to Seattle.

  22. Deena in OR
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:30 am [Reply]

    @19-

    Dingo!! You’re so bad…but, yes.

  23. Deena in OR
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:31 am [Reply]

    Oh, and also…thanks (I think…) I learn something new about my subculture every day ;)

  24. bats :[
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:37 am [Reply]

    Tuesday Toons, a few observations:

    FC: you know, Jeffy, you deserve every last stinking injustice that ever happens to you. (For some reason, seeing PJ peck at cookie crumbs is just so sad!)
    And I though Billy was the family asshat.

    DtM: okay, I going to try very, very hard NOT to think what “the Ruff test” might actually entail.

    FW: where is this bench? In the Smithsonian? How can it be out in a public park and have missed the ravages of graffiti and errant vandals?

    MW: wow, what a tender moment! Mary pretends to show affection to Jeff by first gripping him on the shoulder with her claw-like fingers, and then dislocates her neck by nestling her head there. I suspect she’s been watching all the sweet young things and their beaus at Santa Royale Community College and Beauty Academy!
    Or maybe there’s just a seagull splat on the windshield.

    RMMD: ah, lady, for once I don’t think Rex is playing dumb with you. This is just a hunch he has — Max said nothing (not verbally at least), but it looks like he’s toting up the alimony he’s going to be paying you in a few months…

    S4th: what are the odds that Sally isn’t wearing a bra?
    Just asking…

    FOOB: Jim’s daughter? Is Elly going to come and stay with him, or does she have a sister? I can’t imagine Elly upsetting her glorious routine of power-walking with Connie, stuffing her gut, and patting herself on the back to spend a couple of hours with Jim, much less staying with him. Maybe Phil had gender reassignment surgery, and the hose-o-phonium is the last phallic item that he owns.

  25. Deena in OR
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:46 am [Reply]

    bats :[
    I haven’t seen tomorrow’s FOOB yet, but…Iris has a daughter. Could it be her?

  26. bats :[
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:48 am [Reply]

    Thanks to the internet, I now know what an Otter is.
    I don’t think I needed to see the video of “The Brady Bears,” however.

  27. kippetje2000
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:52 am [Reply]

    You know I’m no Slylock Fox, but I was just wondering…you know that ‘trip to Italy’ Josh took a little while ago…could that be an Italian suit he’s sporting? Josh, good post-luck and I guess, by your look in that photo, you remembered to wear your Snoopy underwear!

  28. Ross
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:56 am [Reply]

    #10, I think Josh even blogged about a BC that recycled the joke, although it clearly wasn’t a rerun (the text and art were tweaked.) I think only about 11 years separated the two.

    At least Blondie has enough shame to wait half a century.

  29. Farley's Revenge
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:04 am [Reply]

    Congratulations to Duckman30!

    Oh lordy! I’m on the float!

    *waving to crowd in best royal fashion while trying not to trip over my feet*

  30. Farley's Revenge
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:05 am [Reply]

    Er-do I really want to know what an “otter” is, beyond a cute aquatic mammal?

  31. Batman Beatles
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:10 am [Reply]

    Foob: This is sooooo depressing. Just stop it already!

  32. True Fable
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:11 am [Reply]

    I would happily audition for Jeopardy if I thought there is a category for “Goats”, but that is a pretty exclusive field.

    This branch of the US Armed Forces uses a goat as its Academy mascot!
    What is the Navy?

    This musical features a song called “The Lonely Goatherd”!
    What is the Sound of Music?

    This nonfamous goat-roper from Roopville can be distracted with the photo of a goat!
    Truman Fable!!

    Wrong! WHO is Truman Fable, although putting it into the form of a question makes it all existential ‘n stuff.

    Anyway, congratulations to the COTW winner Duckman30 and all the float riders, particularly Uncle Lumpy! w00t! And Go Josh Go!

  33. Poteet
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:15 am [Reply]

    # 30 Revenge — I did, so I checked Wikipedia, which gives a list of gay-lexicon animal definitions, including “otter.” Dunno if they’re all accurate, but definitely interesting, and the ones I skimmed were genteel. And congrats on your float ride! Back to laundry.

  34. True Fable
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:27 am [Reply]

    MT How is panel one humanly possible? I mean even by the Mark Trail Colorform Body Parts standards, I just don’t see how Cherry can remain upright AND breathing.

  35. Poteet
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:35 am [Reply]

    # 33 — I shoulda stuck to laundry.

    FW — Is it just me, or was that a really stupid question?

    MT — Wait a minute, I thought that cougar was supposed to be a lot closer. Are those supposed to be the teensy little tents waaay down there? Is bacon really THAT alluring? And one gross but plausible answer to Cherry’s question is “She’s constipated and trying to take a dump.”

    JP — Dear God, we’re going to be discussing those (Boxcar) clubs for the next three months. I’d be rolling my eyes and moaning even if I LIKED golf.

    RMMD — Aha, so the wrestling mats really ARE horribly odiferous! *pause to let stomach settle* So why did Mrs. Max ever agree to let them be brought into her house in the first place? I’m not exactly finicky, as ChattyGenes could testify, but if my imaginary kid announced he was going to install several smelly old wrestling mats in my basement, we’d have an affectionate little chat revolving around the word “NEVER.”

    MW — She really can’t help it, can she? Her brain churns out uncontrollable platitudes. It’s all she can emit. She probably utters them even during the most intimate moments when she and Jeff…that does it, I’m going to bed.

  36. True Fable
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:40 am [Reply]

    MW Mary’s neck is unnatural in panel two. No, I realize that the waddle has been surgically removed and all the residual fissures have been spackled smooth, but it’s the angle I’m talking about. It’s as if she’s expecting his shoulder to have a heartbeat, that or the Mary Worth Colorform Meddler’s Edition only had two head pieces available.

    Lots of Colorform strips tonight! yay!

    RMMD For a brief moment, I thought that was Rex in panel three, reacting to her calling him ‘dumb’. But I should know better than that; Rex is far too smug to entertain the notion that anyone would call him dumb. Even when he deserves it.
    S4th Sally goes for the Hawt Grrl look. Doesn’t quiiiiiite make it. More like the “stuck in a hot shower and left to shrink” look.
    FBoFW More from the “I’m not going to kill off any character because being cruel about the elderly is funny” school of cartooning.

  37. Poteet
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:42 am [Reply]

    # 34 — Sir Fable MTK, very good question. Even a snake would have trouble assuming that position. Plus I think most snakes are somewhat brighter. Cherry is bizarrely winsome on occasion, but her chandelier doesn’t seem to have that many bulbs, if you get my drift. Good night,and may your next slumber bring you pleasant goat dreams.

  38. True Fable
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:00 am [Reply]

    #37 Poteet, my queen! – Thank you my dearest ruler for your kind wish for a pleasant goaty slumber! May all your kittens be impossibly cute.

    Cherry Trail is a night light in the halogen lamp world of intellectual thought.

    Although come to think of it, if I knew someone that flexible – Mark Trail, you IDIOT. You’re on a camping trip when you could be spending time with your wife, Twist-Waisted Barbie?!

  39. True Fable
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:05 am [Reply]

    Oh dear lord. I just realized that Iris in FBOFW reminds me of a co-worker of mine. Brrr! How chilling! Looks like her, acts like her, won’t shut the fuck up like her.

  40. Farley's Revenge
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:10 am [Reply]

    #33Poteet: Well, you piqued my interest and now I know. I also learned about bears.

    Bet those won’t ever be topics on Jeopardy.

  41. Uncle Lumpy
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:13 am [Reply]

    Mary Worth: “Mistakes were made. But admitting it is the first step. Because if the mistakes become lessons we won’t repeat them. And if the lessons themselves prove to be mistakes, then repeating them can be a lesson — or a mistake — to us all, in a mistaken lesson, less an error than a miss, take or give a stake in less than an error . . . oh, just kill me now and get it over with.”

  42. kippetje2000
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:15 am [Reply]

    Mary Worth’s outfit is making me seasick. She’s having trouble hiding those pointy devil-ears of hers, but maybe she’s using that ‘Something about Mary’ hair gel. It’s going to be a beautiful day on the lake; she’s got her claws dug into poor Jeff dds. and her platitude scarf is at full mast.

  43. kippetje2000
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:57 am [Reply]

    In the Forest the Lost National Forest
    A mountain-lion feasts tonight.
    Kelly should be quaking, ‘cause she smells of bacon
    A lion feasts tonight.

    A wheem a wop a wheem a wop a wheem a wop
    A wheem a wop etc.

    Hush my kittens, mamma’s stalkin the fixin’s
    For a lion’s feast tonight.
    Wellyington steaks will be on your plates,
    At our lion’s feast tonight.

    A wheem a wop
    a wheem a wop
    a wheem a wop
    A wheem a wop
    etc.

    Don’t worry Roger, don’t even bother
    To get out of bed tonight.
    Not deep in your dreams, will you hear the screams
    From our lion’s feast tonight.

    Chorus etc.

    Cougar, Catamount, Lynx and Panther
    With full bellies late tonight
    Bobcat, Puma, and even Tigger
    Dessert on Cherry delight tonight!

    Chorus etc.

  44. Mibbitmaker
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:58 am [Reply]

    Day of Tues…. day……:

    A3G: Tim’s endurances couldn’t have been too horrible — Margo wasn’t there.

    Agnes: That sure is one persistent middle aged, really short man, isn’t he? (FW middle aged)

    DT: What’re you telling us for, Tracy? Tell him!

    DS: Lemme try this!…
    Swing music: Music to make your great-grandparents happy.
    Classical: Music to make long-dead people happy.

    FWOOB: Hey, maybe Jim and Les can get together and play depress-everybody doubles — like in tennis, but much, much more maudlin!

    Garf: Forget Garfield without thought bubbles, how ’bout Garfield without spiders?

    GT: Promotions…. How ’bout “Lou Dobbs Pinata Night”…?

    JP: Pre-Lewinsky or post-Lewinsky?

    Luann: “Good enough for me. Have fun, you two.” (leaves)

    MF: Probably because NPR has classical music (see: DS comment) on alot of the time, and Limbaugh just blowhard-viates all the time.

    MT: Okay, the “what” is properly bolded for once, but that should be a ? after it, and not a !.

    MW: Mary: “And by ‘we’, I mean ‘you’! And don’t forget, if you show any backbone or independent thought, I do know any number of moves where my hairstyle and/or head can disable you permanently, maybe fatally, as long as I keep my head in this position. Savvy?”

    NS: “Tee-hee”? A man goes tee-hee??? Even in a thought bubble that makes no sense.

    Ghost-Who-Perteks-his-Womin!: Hey, hotshot, how about, you know, STOPPING the “fight” in question? I know, too much for a SUPERHERO to accomplish. What was I thinking??

    6C: So the trees cheer on a murder of their own just to keep said tree out of a conversation?? I suddenly feel less ashamed of my species!

    The Surprisingly Weak Mind of Edison Lee: The answer to today’s “What if?” is “It would be incredibly boring and unfunny.”

  45. Sheila Sternwell
    July 22nd, 2008 at 3:39 am [Reply]

    Congrats to the all high mighty snarkers! Glad to see more evil, naughty profanity is included, just as God and Greyhound intended.

    That Dagwood strip… it’s 56 years old! And the last panel is almost entirely copied wholesale. The new artist is a master of copying.

    Also, you can see the toilet in the 1952 strip. Edgy!

  46. Frank Parsnip
    July 22nd, 2008 at 4:59 am [Reply]

    Congrats to the COTWeekers!

    A3G: You would think that Eric and Tenzin don’t realize that they’re inside a police state with a rather massive infrastructure for monitoring foreigners and their communications. Tenzin goes to all the trouble of sneaking a note to Eric and then signs it with his own name. And then Eric uses his hotel room’s landline to call out with Tenzin’s full name. Brilliant — next time he sees Tenzin, the guy’ll be lucky to have both eyes and both kidneys.

    Sex Organ, M.D.: Stinky mats to Mrs. Mallory, but to Max, those mats are 10% perspiration and 90% raw pheramones.

    GT: They have to figure out how to promote Elmer, and here’s what the Kalamazoo Kings marketing crew have come up with:

    - An Elmer Vargas pinata during each 7th-innning stretch

    - “Hat Day” replaced with “Sombrero Day”

    - a rather humiliating animated scoreboard graphic each time Elmer steals a base

    - la cucaracha plays each time he goes up to bat

    Mallard Fillmore: Again, Tinsley gets his facts wrong. It isn’t according to the NYTimes that Rush listeners are better informed than NPR listeners, it’s according to Rush himself. And Rush is wrong, if you look at the actual Pew study. And the NYTimes article mentions that. But I guess Tinsley can’t be bothered to look up facts he presents as facts.

    Foob: If Iris keeps talking about him like a little child, Grandpa Chinnuts is going to boxcar her up.

    MW: Instead of a Dorian Gray mirror, Jeff just keeps giving Mary his years. Every panel makes him look younger and her older, leading me to believe that they met via very specific personals.

    MT: Looking at Cherry’s contorted legs in panel 1, at first I thought it is indeed good for a person to be limber. But then I looked at the impossible angles and realized that apparently she’s missing massive parts of her legs.

    Archie: I actually liked today’s a little bit — the phenomenon of calling someone who turns out to be nearby has happened enough to be a familarly disconcerting event. Still, what’s with the cheap black girdle Betty’s wearing outside her clothes?

    9 Dickweed Lane: Yeah, right.

    Jugs Parker: The set of clubs apparently includes 4 clubs — one wood, one mashie, one niblick and a spoon. And, hey, that’s all you really need.

  47. Saluki
    July 22nd, 2008 at 5:52 am [Reply]

    I’m not sure what Mary Worth is reaching for in panel two but from the look on Dr. Jeff’s face I have a pretty good idea.

  48. John C Fremont
    July 22nd, 2008 at 7:02 am [Reply]

    Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!

  49. Hogenmogen
    July 22nd, 2008 at 7:54 am [Reply]

    From the “everything old is new again department, I submit Josh’s 6/25/06 post on Mary Whorth:
    “I’ll bet that picture’s heard a lot of sullen, drunken abuse over the years, followed by even more drunken pleading for forgiveness. ” How true. A few days late, but how true. Sullen drunken pleading for forgiveness indeed! You called it, Josh. This story line was telegraphed two years in advance – or roughly at the same pace as in Foobville.

    On Foobville, today’s strip is exactly why I never liked any of Lynn’s work before or after the seminal event of Farley’s horrible death. The formula is some pleasant but trite conversation followed by what passes for a punch line delivered ala thought balloon offering up some supposedly pithy insight into the human condition. But here’s the rub: IT’S ALWAYS DEPRESSING. Ol’ Jim thinks “Once I was young and virile. I used to bang chicks hotter than you, little nursie. When your dad was in diapers, I was flying over Europe blasting Nazi Meserschmidts out of the air, saving the world from uncompromising evil. I was SUPERMAN, goddammit. Now, I am a relic, cold and unable to walk. No one takes me seriously. I can’t even ask for a drink of water. I’m at the twilight of my life and I stare into the dark depths of night. Death take me pleeaase. Oh God just spare me from one more day in this hell!”

    “But they do keep me liquored up, though.”

  50. Hogenmogen
    July 22nd, 2008 at 8:05 am [Reply]

    Patrick, great catch. I definitely think the 1952 strip was funnier. The fact that Dithers finds Dag’s pants and yet continues on his hunt unabated is actually worthy of humor. In what state of undress would Dithers expect to find his valued employee, given that his pants are obviously in the clutches of the most intrusive boss in recorded history?

    The lack of curtains in the window in 2008 just ruins the punch line for me anyway. See, so they’re really quite different strips.

    PS – I live just north of Lex in G’town. Yay, KY.

  51. cheech wizard
    July 22nd, 2008 at 8:13 am [Reply]

    Some great snark this week, esp. from Duckman and Uncle Lumpy. I’m just as pleased as a pig in shit to be up there with them.

    BTW, if I’m not mistaken, this wasn’t the first time this Dagwood gag has been recycled. I wasn’t yet born in 1952, but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen the whole gag before, including the bit about the pants.

  52. man behind the curtain
    July 22nd, 2008 at 8:17 am [Reply]

    GT — Joe Rosenhagen VP and General manager and part-owner of the Kalamazoo Kings

    http://www.kalamazookings.com

    Let’s celebrate with “Win a green card” night or “giant Taco night” Be careful Elmer, it may be a trap.

    A3G — The police should be grabbing Tenzin any moment now. Unless, of course, tenzin is a police informant. I love the message to be at the marketplace early. Exactly when is early. For Eric it could be noon. And I’m sure the horrors Tim has endured pale in comparison to what awaits Eric should he marry Margo.

  53. cheech wizard
    July 22nd, 2008 at 8:22 am [Reply]

    MW (Yesterday) – “What was old has been made fresh again.” In other words, Ron is a douchebag – and he gave her a good rinsing. Which also accounts for his aversion to seafood, especially rancid, dried-out tuna.

    MW (today) Given the styles and conventions of this strip, I like to think that it’s actually taking place in 1942. And that Mary isn’t resting her head affectionately on Ron’s shoulder, she’s craning her neck to get a glimpse of the Japanese Zero that’s diving at them out of the sun to blast their boat and geriatric asses into kindling.

  54. Hogenmogen
    July 22nd, 2008 at 8:30 am [Reply]

    I love the look of utter disdain and unmitigated contempt on Crank’s face in panel 3. He’s practically spitting out that line like arsenic lemonade. And, since the strip features a big dog, it’s automatic comedy gold. Ha ha ha!

  55. Tracer Bullet
    July 22nd, 2008 at 8:45 am [Reply]

    (DT)GT: The only promotion that makes any sense is Vargas Girls, but if Branden is any example of Elmer’s taste in women they’re better off just sticking with $1 Burrito Night.

    MW: Ups and downs, yes. In and out? Not so much.

  56. The Spectacular Spider-Brick
    July 22nd, 2008 at 8:58 am [Reply]

    DtM: Dennis has trained Ruff to keep girls distracted while he peeks up their skirts. +10 Menace Points.

    (WT)DT: Dick holds up his badge so that only he can see it, waves a gun around and tells the bank manager to stay down. Way to get yourself shot by a bank guard, Dick. Haven’t been doing this detective thing long, have you?

    …Oh, really, that long? Huh. Who knew?

    thorps. I can tell you one promotion that won’t be happening: the one for the guy who thought of wasting a visa slot on an average high-school hitter with no speed.

    MT: The lion’s approaching the camp! Good thing Cherry’s tent is made of pop-riveted sheet steel!

    MW: I know those are supposed to be loving looks, but Mary just looks evil.

    Pluggers: Yes, yes, Pluggers drive cars that cost less than their sneakers. We know. They also drive cars that cost less than a tank of gas, dinner out, a night at the movies, or a week’s worth of groceries. Pluggers are old and cheap and everything’s expensive these days. We’ve seen it.

    SFx: Hey kids, let’s unscramble the words!
    1) FENEC — The hound on the right thinks he is a bat-eared fox.
    2) RICH PET — The boxer belongs to Richie Rich, and is out slumming.
    3) ALL ROC — The bird on the fence may look small, but he’ll grow up to terrorize Jason and the Argonauts.
    4) EMU OS — It’s the hot new operating system from down under!
    5) HOW SAD — when the pitcher tumbles off the table and shatters, and the kid’s mom docks his allowance to pay for it.

    S-M: He’s supposed to be wearing his Spidey-suit under his clothes, isn’t he? So where’s his Web shooter and red webby sleeve in panel 2?

    Zits: “Tell me something about yourself that will surprise me.”
    “Um… um… I have a chubby right now.”
    “Did you not understand the question?”

  57. Tweeks_Coffee
    July 22nd, 2008 at 9:01 am [Reply]

    Archie: Question for pondering and/or disgust; is Betty wearing bike shorts and a shirt with a large black band? Or is she wearing a hugely thick garter belt with stirrups, stockings and no pants? You decide.
    CtH: Which begs the question as to why he’s awake to watch everyone pass out.
    ‘Shaft: The house clearly has a fence, yet Homer is still chained to the dog house. This is the extent of ‘Shaft’s abuse of his loved ones.
    Curtis: This plot has been done so much, I won’t even bother citing any examples. This summer sucks, Billingsley, what the hell?
    Foob: ARRRRGGGGGHHH!!!!
    GT: Promotions? Like advertising!? Oh, Neal Rubin, just when I’ve given up hope for the summer plot, you come blazing back with a fresh batch of insanity. I, for one, can’t wait for the huge posters and banners welcoming Elmer, the illegal slugger to Kalamazoo.
    MW: Mary’s not actually touching Jeff there, is she? So I guess she’s just leaning into the shot to maximize her face time, lest we forget who’s name is at the top of this strip.
    PBS: To be fair, that is pretty damned crazy.

  58. anon anon
    July 22nd, 2008 at 9:05 am [Reply]

    RMMD: Oh, Dear Lord Up Above In Heaven, it looks like finally – FINALLY – the burning questions about the gym mats will FINALLY be answered, and in my lifetime, too! Now I can die happy, knowing this long long long long long story arc is finally coming to an end! (And why did Rex’s suit change color in the last panel?)

    FOOB: Why would Elly be ‘coming to stay’ with Gramps? Doesn’t she live in the same city? A sleepover vacation at grampa’s is reasonable when you are, say, age 10. And right in the middle of the wedding prep? Old people get into a routine, why would they want Elly futzing around in their apartment, and for how long? What good would her ‘stay’ accomplish, and why why why now? Mystery! But it’s going to lead up to something…

  59. Justafoob
    July 22nd, 2008 at 9:06 am [Reply]

    Oh, Gwampah, your daughter is not coming by next week.

    She will sit in the car with your grand-daughter and honk and wave as they drive past.

    All they care about is that you stay alive for the wedding. Everything about that is a HUGE hassle now just because they pushed the date up so you won’t be pushing up the daisies before the Blessed Day.

    And you had better have the good sense to kick off a couple of days after they return from their honeymoon. If they did all this rush work and you don’t die, they will be PISSED.

  60. The Spectacular Spider-Brick, Decreer of Things
    July 22nd, 2008 at 9:23 am [Reply]

    Zits: I hereby decree that grinding fully-clothed pelvises together with someone you hardly know shall henceforth be known as “becking.” As in…

    “Yeah, I know she’s dating Jacob, but at Erica’s party, she was becking me all night.”
    “No way! She becked you in front of everyone?”
    “Yeah. She’s a real becker, that one.”

  61. Artist formerly known as Ben
    July 22nd, 2008 at 9:25 am [Reply]

    7/22

    MT: In the forest, the deep Lost Forest, the lion eats tonight.

    MF: “Alsho, gimme my keysh. I can shtill drive.”

    BC: Today’s joke is aimed at British readers, who will recognize the cricket bat as something senior members of Parliament like to be spanked with.

    JP: “In fact I know he was, because that’s when I started wearing a beret and asking that you call me Monica.”

    RMMD: Oh, how cute. She thinks Rex is playing dumb.

    MW: It looks like Giella drew Mary standing up straight, then turned her to a 30 degree angle for panel 2.

    DT: Dick already has his gun cocked, which will make the manager think that Dick is the one robbign the bank. Regular readers know that’s just his way of saying hi.

    6C: That’s a pretty cold sendoff to someone who was just killed with a chainsaw.

    BB: I see the spot where the joke is supposed to be, but as far as I can’t tell it’s not there.

    FB: Ha! Man of the cloth! It’s funny because it’s true. Well, it’s true at any rate. And Fred’s owner still looks like a young Keith Moon who doesn’t rock.

    Phantom: Ghost-Who-Gets-Stockholm-Syndrome seems pretty resigned to Andre the Giant getting into a meaningless battle with… someone.

    Luann: “TJ! We always assumed you were into Brad. What the hell is with you?”

    OBH: Oh Ruthie, you’ll be good and familiar with that word soon enough.

    FC: Between the baby hoovering crumbs out of the shag carpet and Jeffy’s bland demon child smile, both PJ and I are now scarred for life.

    S-M: You hail a cab by saluting Hitler? How much has New York changed since I was last there?

    Shoe: So let me get this straight. Two bird reporters ask a bird politician whether he’s a hawk or a dove, and he responds with a stale zodiac joke. If you’re looking to bottle anti-funny, we’re pretty close to the source.

    DtM: Just because your dog is working her over, don’t think that Margaret won’t notice you looking up her dress. Aw, our little boy is growing up. Into a perv.

  62. Photon
    July 22nd, 2008 at 9:28 am [Reply]

    #19:

    Baka Gaijin and my fellow gay ‘mudgeons: in that fine picture, doesn’t Josh look like the very definition of “otter” in the gay lexicon?

    Haha, very much so. I was gonna make a comment about how he cleans up cute for TV… wait, I guess I just did.

    FOOB: It’s good to see that Gwampa Jim is feeling positive about being a conversation piece. Once Mr. and Mrs. Blanthony are done picking the rice out of their wedding attire and start setting up their two separate bedrooms in Anthony’s place, he’ll finally get to go the way of Farley, and then will be spending the rest of his days in an urn as an actual conversation piece smack dab in the middle of the Patterson residence.

  63. Kaitlyn
    July 22nd, 2008 at 9:39 am [Reply]

    I can’t believe how excited I am about today’s Jeopardy.

    I need a life, but I don’t want one, so hey!

    “Mom, are we doing anything on Tuesday? I’ve got to watch Jeopardy! I can’t miss it!” (Haven’t taped anything since we got cable.)

    Mom, with her innate maternal knowledge, had to ask why.

    “This guy from the internet is going to be on the show! I’m not sure I can pronounce his last name, but he has a blog!”

    “No, we’re not doing anything Tuesday.”

    If my mom is up by 3:30, she’ll probably regret it. I can just see it now – “There he is! That’s him! The guy! The internet guy!”

    Because of the wait, this is the most exciting game-show-related thing in my life.

    The others are all categories or clues on Jeopardy that involve things I like.

    If today features “Bollywood”, “Memphis, TN”, “Sleep”, “Iceland” and/or HGTV, I think I shall die.

    Especially if you got any of them wrong.

  64. Kaitlyn
    July 22nd, 2008 at 9:42 am [Reply]

    Ok, last time I didn’t get one of the altered comics at yo-god.com/comics (damn, I can’t remember his username, I blame the heat), I brought my question here.

    This one about Dennis the Menace has me stumped.

    Do I want to know?

  65. DAS
    July 22nd, 2008 at 9:44 am [Reply]

    MW: the continuing saga of Mary Worth, Major A-hole continues with Mary Worth sounding like an elected official who screwed up big time (“mistakes were made”) — I guess you did learn something from Ron after all.

    Also, MW and FOOB — “ups and downs”? Will this be the subject line for Josh’s next post? Tune in later for the next episode of Comics Curmudgeon

    (with apologies to the writers of Soap)

  66. strawberrymom22
    July 22nd, 2008 at 9:54 am [Reply]

    #60 – I was going to ask why Jeremy and Becker were attached at the pelvis; but you took care of that.

    MW: She really does believe that she does no wrong.
    Mistakes were made (his) Admitting them is the first step (she did the admitting to his mistakes) The last bubble should read “I hope you’ve learned your lesson”

    Luann: Was she raised to be seduced by some cheap bastard who cuts the flowers from her own backyard?

    Cathy: I’m glad to see Irving with only one head today.

    PBS: In the first panel, I thought that the croc speaking was going to get his hand bit off because of the way it was pointing. Boy, the joke was on me when I saw Crazy Gary bite his own hand.

  67. Joe, the Upper-Evergreen Guy
    July 22nd, 2008 at 10:07 am [Reply]

    FOOB: This is where Grandpa bites the dust……

  68. JB
    July 22nd, 2008 at 10:11 am [Reply]

    MW — She’s quoting Ronald Reagan.

    “Mistakes were made” was the response to the Iran-Contra mess, all the illegal money funneling/laundering/arms deals. No confession, no admission of guilt, no names named, no actions specifically called out. Just “Mistakes were made”.

    But with Mary, we get “Admitting it is the first step” added for good measure.

    Jeff, the second step is Mary shoving you overboard…

  69. Artist formerly known as Ben
    July 22nd, 2008 at 10:14 am [Reply]

    #60 & 66,
    Whenever I hear the name “Becker” I think of a chain-smoking Ted Danson. Needless to say, this adds an interesting visual to the saga of Jeremy Duncan, improbable babe magnet.

  70. Sully
    July 22nd, 2008 at 10:14 am [Reply]

    “Dust Funnies” for $200, Alex!

    The lamest, most over-the-hill, repititious comic strip still in distribution.

    What is “Garfield”?

    Oohhh, so close… What is “Blondie”!

  71. Hogenmogen
    July 22nd, 2008 at 10:17 am [Reply]

    Does Dagwood realize that the tub is so full that if he got in it would overflow? Doesn’t Dithers knock before he enters a bathroom? Apparently the Archemedes Principle has taken a vacation with the laws of common decency.

    I’m enjoying “Find Six Differences” with the 1952 vs 2008 strips. Shameless self-rip-off.

    #8 – Baron – Re: 75th anniversary – I didn’t have a problem with the Blondie cross-stripping, but the problem was that the cross-overs were the joke. The doorbell rings. It’s Beetle Bailey and Sarge. They haven’t received their invitations. Haw haw! And, then in BB a week later, we’d see the troops all excited because they got Blondie anniversary invitations. The endless repetition of this formula spread out over 2 or 3 months in so many strips was really tiresome. I know it’s a milestone, but you don’t see Mary Worth celebrating her 10,000th banality. Barfield’s excruciatingly lame birthday week gags are self-contained and don’t normally infect other, better strips. Since I don’t pay attention to Barf anyway, he can go ahead and do his celebration of a life badly spent for all I care.

  72. Harry Worth
    July 22nd, 2008 at 10:24 am [Reply]

    That Mary.

    Getting hotter and hotter as she matures.

    No wonder Aldo wanted to stalk her.

  73. Deena in OR
    July 22nd, 2008 at 10:33 am [Reply]

    Jeopardy request for those of us in the more westerly time zones…Could you East Coast and Midwesterners refrain from posting spoilers on Josh’s appearance until after 10:30 EDT? Or at least try??? Thanks in advance…

  74. Brick Bradford
    July 22nd, 2008 at 10:38 am [Reply]

    Josh–I’m away from tv today (at a monastery, no less), but good luck. This is the most exciting game show moment I’ve had since my cousin won the Dating Game–missed THAT, too.

  75. Ned Ryerson
    July 22nd, 2008 at 10:39 am [Reply]

    That was a good find, Patrick of the Interlibrary Loan Division. I am also an artist/library guy (okay not so much on the artist part, except under the broadest interpretation of the the term) but, sadly, all the microfilm I have at my disposal is old medical journals, which I find to be really lacking in comics (some of the old advertising of pharmaceuticals ranges from kitschy to disturbing). Ah yes, futzing with the ol’ microfilm reader/printer. That’s one of the glamorous duties that draws folks to this profession. That and telling people, “Please don’t do that here.”

    Now I, too, am enlightened about otters. I also learned that the current Governor of Idaho is Butch Otter. I wish he would make a cameo in an upcoming Gil Thorp. If Gil’s not available, he could spot for Kaz.

    I’m kinda geeked about Jeopardy. I imagine having a similar conversation with my wife as Kaitlyn described with her mom.

    Why are we watching Jeopardy?
    Well, I kinda know that guy named Josh. I mean not know know, but I know of him. What is tungston?
    What are you talking about?
    I read his blog. He makes fun of the comics in the newspaper. What is the Magna Carta?
    O…kay.
    Who is Edna Ferber?

  76. Muffaroo Wuffaroo
    July 22nd, 2008 at 10:40 am [Reply]

    I see a golden opportunity for East Coast mudges to yank a lot of chains. “Jesus! He said ‘Boxcar’ right on National TV!” “He just pulled out a tire iron. Look out, Alex!” I will, of course, be yelling advice to the TV.

    On the topic of self-plagiarism, compare Beetle Bailey with the paperback collections. There’s about a 35-year lag time, and they take the time to redraw everything, but it still bothers me. For a while I was seeing a rerun every few weeks. I figure if I had every Beetle strip ever drawn, I’d spot at least two a week, but that’s only speculation.

    So, Josh, do you ever look at all the comments and just say, “Screw it, I was funnier than any of these! I’m giving myself COTW and Runner-Up.” (seriously, it was another great crop o’ snark; admiration and poorly disguised jealousy to all)

  77. Patrick, Interlibrary Loan Lending Division
    July 22nd, 2008 at 10:48 am [Reply]

    #50. Hogenmogen: Thanks. I work in Lexington, but live in Paris. My brother lives just a bit north of Georgetown. Six more years I can retire from the library and take my art career full time. At least that’s the plan.

    For the CC’er who noticed the morning edition of the paper. Lexington used to have two papers The Herald (morning) and the Leader (afternoon). In 1983, it became the Herald-Leader, though Heraldo-Misleader might be a better title and that from someone who considers himself a liberal. The paper is constantly being attacked for being liberal but what it needs to be attacked for is how lame it is. Just give me the facts and let me make up my own mind.The quality of the paper has gone down so much it’s not even funny, the 1952 papers read like the New York Times by comparison. The 1952 comic strips were better for the most part, but Dick Tracy was just as messed up and surreal then as now only it was drawn better in 1952.

    The Herald-Leader did however drop Mary Worth, Rex Morgan, Cathy and some other strips but kept FOOB and added the Argyle Sweater which I loathe for being a pale ripoff of The Far Side. Their best addition was Pearls Before Swine.

  78. Professor Fate
    July 22nd, 2008 at 10:48 am [Reply]

    FM: I’m not sure what’s more depressing here – Les’s 10 year wallow in grief highlighted by the creepy visit to the bench shrine (no flowers?) or the hints that Cindy’s about to offer him a pity fuck

  79. JB
    July 22nd, 2008 at 10:48 am [Reply]

    Let’s see what Josh gets away with on national tv…or what he can get Alex to say.

    Me? I got Alex to say “If it can’t kill you, it’s not a sport”. Yes, really.

  80. Muffaroo Wuffaroo
    July 22nd, 2008 at 10:49 am [Reply]

    Blondie – The first time I heard the expression “on the sly,” I was at City Park, and I had some play money and got the idea of putting a piece of it in one of the wire mesh trash cans where somebody would see it, to watch their reaction. An old guy was watching me with approval and offering advice. For a while, I thought he was telling me to put it on the slide, which puzzled me a bit, as the slide was across the street and down the block a ways.

    DT – Tracy will never be caught unarmed again, now that he has one of those badges that morphs into a gun in one second.

    FB – Watch it, Basset. That was almost a joke.

    MF – The stats in the study mentioned don’t work that way, duck. (Kudos to Frank Parsnip @46 for noticing the same thing. I usually delete duplicate comments — I generally write them all in TextEdit so that my browser won’t barf and lose my work, then read the CC before I post — but this time I don’t want to waste my links.)

    MW – I’ve seen these words before. Are they performing a song from the musical version of “My Six Crises,” by Dick Nixon?

    Momma – Thomas eats at his own home instead of Momma’s in order to save the microsopic misanthrope the trouble of climbing onto a stepladder to reach the bottom shelf of the cupboard to get a can of chicken soup. Does she work weekends as an organ grinder’s monkey

    MT – How many times now have we seen this exact same drawing of the mountain lion? Don’t get me wrong: photo references are good, but why not get a video from Animal Planet, and copy different phases of action instead of using the same photo every time the words “mountain lion” figure in the story? (Afterthought: I guess Elrod doesn’t wante to waste his lynx.)

    Zippy – Hooray for outdated drafting supplies!

  81. Wally Winkerbean
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:01 am [Reply]

    All Cindi wants is for Les to give her Funky’s number.

    She hasn’t had a pepperoni in years, and feels the need.

  82. Calico
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:02 am [Reply]

    MW – Oh, how I hope that boat develops a leak.

    Blondie – very Interesting find. Maybe the next time this joke rolls around, Dag won’t have the towel. (Ack)

    I was watching the late news edition at 11 last night, and I swear I saw a promo with Josh for Jeopardy. I’m jazzed about tonight’s show!

  83. Calico
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:07 am [Reply]

    MT – Here comes a huge cat-slapping, if you know what I mean.

    MW – judging from the look on Jeff’s face in panel two, I would like to know what Mary is doing with her unseen hands. Or perhaps not. Gaaaah.

  84. Foobaphobe
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:10 am [Reply]

    In defense of Blondie, let me point out that (1) Blondie herself is (next to Aunt Fritzi) the hottest woman in the comic pages. and (2) Curtis recycles exactly the same gags and artwork every stinking year, not every 56 years.
    Also, Blondie helps take our minds off FBOFW.

  85. Xopher.tm
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:16 am [Reply]

    Has anyone pointed out yet that that “seafood scampi” is an oxymoron?

    Unless, of course, you’re cooking the rare and frightening Oklahoma Mountain Shrimp.

  86. Calico
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:17 am [Reply]

    #84 – Blondie has always been fun to read – the characters are actually likeable, a glaring difference from many others we know and snark on.

    I think there’s even a small chain of sandwich shops in the Montreal area named Dagwood’s.
    Sandwiches in other places have been named in his honor.

    I don’t think we’re ever going to see the “Elly Burger”, though. Or the “Mary Worth Scampi Special.”

  87. Calico
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:18 am [Reply]

    #85 – Or Rocky Mountain Oysters.

  88. Duckie
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:20 am [Reply]

  89. DAS
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:20 am [Reply]

    MF: nope. both NPR listeners and Rush Limbaugh listeners are equally misguided. Both groups think NPR is liberal and representative of liberalism in general.

    Momma: Momma wants Thomas to “eat” at “her food” more than at his wife’s food? Do I really want to go there? Is it too late by making this comment? It’s a shame today’s Momma didn’t make it in time for yesterday’s post subject from Josh … or maybe, given the need for brain bleach I have just writing this comment, if today’s Momma showed up yesterday and Josh included it in the subject at hand yesterday, we’d have a major brain bleach shortage!

  90. Phred22
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:21 am [Reply]

    As one of your older (63) readers, tell Patrick that use of comic drawing happened quite a lot, and not just in Blondie. The prime offender has to have been Harry Haenigsen (see here)

    http://www.toonopedia.com/penny.htm

    Not only did Penny recycle its sketches and gags every few weeks, but so did Our Bill.

  91. Duckie
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:21 am [Reply]

    Has it, IT dammit

  92. gleeb
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:21 am [Reply]

    I have to admit, I missed the cultural definition of “mom jeans”. This was a point in Gene Weingarden’s online chat in the Washington Post last week. What the hell are “Mom jeans”? So far I get: no back pockets, and loose in the crotch. Is there anything else?

    9 CL: Screw Edda. Art is half sex, anyway. Dance doubly so. Can’t we have a deadly meteor strike in this useless strip?

    BC: Panel four: a million South Asian cricket fans beat Curly to death. Get in to the 21st century, man, whether you think the Earth is flat or not.

    Blondie: Blondie is employed by Dan Piraro’s neighbors.

    Cathy: Get a damned scooter and be done with it, middle-class scumbags! (note: this attitude will decrease second-hand scooter prices in the near future)

    Curtis: Oh shit, it’s wose than I thought. I thought this would just end with Curtis being the equivalent of “Onion”.

    Dilbert: Proto-socialism, but I happen to know Dilbert’s author is a “positive-thinking” lunatic. Do I applaud, or hope he gets his when the working class finally riot?

    GA: I wish a damn shoe would direct the whole damned strip out. Cats? Teevee commercials? Pah!

    H&J: Jamaal J Jamaal, once one of the players in an elite sports league, has trouble with escalators.

    Duck: In a search of the NY Times backfile for 6/28/2008 to 6/30/2008, the word “Limbaugh” occurs twice. The first is in an article on radio guys Tom & Ray Magliozzi, which mentions the Fat Drug Addict in passing, the other is a review of a book by Arianna Huffington which also mentions Limbaugh in passing. Brucie is a lying BS artist. ‘Nuff said.

    Mary: She’s going down!

    Non Sequitur: Oh, just cut to the chase, Wiley. Did I mention tat Wiley is a damned fool who has no idea how many sides how many sides a snowflake has? Because he doesn’t.

    Sally: Ted Forth has achieved the first part of wisdom: he knows himself.

    Zippy: Griffy would be satisfied with an aristocracy. Noted.

  93. Xopher.tm
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:24 am [Reply]

    #87 – “I’ll take ‘Neither Seafood Nor Scampi’ for $200, Alex…”

    …and another thing… We all know that “scampi” means “shrimp”, right?!?!

  94. Phred22
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:29 am [Reply]

    I just Googled “Our Bill” and read that it only lasted from 1939 to 1943. I beg to differ–it was still going strong in the Washington Post in the 1950′s.

  95. cheech wizard
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:30 am [Reply]

    FC – Upon closer inspection of the crumbs, PJ realizes that the last place he saw that “cookie” was coming out of Barfy’s ass.

    H&L – Lois inadvertently stumbles across Thirsty’s mistress and soulmate.

    MT – That Kelly is so unpredictable! She forgot the box, stick and string!

    Phantom – “There’s only room in this strip for one self-absorbed psycho vigilante, pardner, an’ you’re lookin’ at him!”

    Phantom, Take II – “Kit, we have to take Andre to New Orleans where he can get help!”

    “Naw. I think he and I can take ‘em by ourselves.”

    FOOB – Jim, if you think you’re a conversation piece now, just wait until your funeral.

    DtM – Dennis and his dog team up to pull the old “push ‘em over backwards” practical joke. The real “Ruff test” comes once she goes sprawling onto her back.

    SF – A surrogate? Is Sally hinting at infidelity here?

    SF, Take II – “How could you be pregnant? I thought you were a guy! Where are your boobs?”

    Zits – Obscure reference, but something about this chick kinda reminds me of the medical cadaver gal from Zombie College. Think she’ll lasso Jeremy’s brain with her tongue and devour it?

  96. Calico
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:32 am [Reply]

    Ah, here we go.

    http://www.dagwoods.ca/

  97. Hank
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:40 am [Reply]

    RE: Gleeb, Mallard Filmore. I hate to interrupt a good venom tossing, but Tinsley is correct on the facts, if not the date. The New York Times did report “Recently, Pew reported that, on a series of “news knowledge questions,” Limbaugh’s “Dittoheads” …. scored higher than NPR listeners.” The story appeared on July 6, however. Here is the link.

  98. PeteMoss
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:42 am [Reply]

    #46 Frank Parsnip
    Thanks for the clarification on MF. I couldn’t find any NY Times article in the last 30 days (Mallard says June 29) that says that a Pew Research Study shows Limbaugh listeners are better informed than NPR listenters. Is he just pulling this stuff out of his little duck butt? Maybe I shouldn’t rely on the comics pages so much to get my news!

  99. Hank
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:43 am [Reply]

    RE: Duckie, 88, MF. See #97. The Times did report what Tinsley claimed. If they misreported the Pew study then that’s another nail in the coffin of their credibility, not Tinsley’s.

  100. Muffaroo Wuffaroo
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:43 am [Reply]

    gleeb @92 – Something’s amiss — the NYT Magazine did a fawning article on Limbaugh on 6/29, although I’m informed it did not say what the duck says it does. Maybe the magazine is indexed separately from the Grey Lady?

  101. Muffaroo Wuffaroo
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:45 am [Reply]

    (pronoun trouble: “it” is the report, not the article)

  102. Darkefang
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:48 am [Reply]

    A3G: Gee Eric, do you think there’s a reason Tenzin wrote a note and had it delivered by Crazy Old Guy Express instead of using the telephone?

    Oh, and the Chinese secret police thank you for using Tenzin’s full name. That saves them the trouble of decapitating every guy named Tenzin in the entire region. Hey, why not just give them his street address as well? Better yet, how about announcing his exact GPS location?

    Blondie: Plus, it’ll be hilarious while they’re vomiting uncontrollably due to their inability to digest meat.

    Curtis: So what’s the best part of the vaguely offensive racial stereotype featured in this week’s Curtis? No more whining about Pixar.

    DtM: Today, Dennis is crouching under Margaret’s skirt while his dog gives her the “Ruff test.” Menacing? Possibly. Creepy and perverted? Definitely.

    DT: Watch out, bank employee!! Once Dick draws his gun, someone’s getting murdered, regardless of whether any criminals show up.

    FW: Apparently, Les has taken that old Henry Kissinger saying to heart: “A dead wife’s bench-plaque is the ultimate aphrodisiac.”

    GT: And the single greatest promotion in minor league baseball history was born: Illegal Immigrant Exploitation Night.

    The first 500 fans to arrive at the park get a coupon for a free Elmer Vargas lawn mowing, then have their cars parked by Elmer while they enjoy a pint of fresh strawberries picked by Elmer that morning. During the game, Elmer runs the stadium daycare for a nickel per hour.

    Hagar: Even in medieval times, I’m pretty sure you’d want to steer clear of the doctors who used human skulls as candle holders.

    JP: The idea that those golf clubs sat in the basement unused since Bill Clinton was in office might have a little more impact if it weren’t for the fact that only 11 days have passed in Judge Parker time since Clinton’s second term ended.

    Luann: This practical-joke-gone-wrong might be even funnier if I could figure out why the hell TJ was pulling a practical joke in the first place.

    MF: Impressive. The 0.5% of the population who listens to Rush Limbaugh have more “news knowledge” than the 0.1% of the population who listens to NPR.

    MW: The comics page has an astonishingly high ascot/neck ratio, considering that I’ve never actually seen anyone wearing an ascot in real life.

  103. gleeb
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:52 am [Reply]

    Dudes, my search was on a Proquest backfile of the NYT on the word “Limbaugh”. Proquest aka UMI are a reputable source, and I am surprised they do not turn up the article Muffaroo mentions. I do not doubt Muffaroo, although I am always willing to doubt the duck. If the duck misattributed the date, I am not responsible.

    Could Muffarroo give us a link? I do not doubt the existence of the article without it, mind. I’d just like to read it to find the inevitable error.

  104. Hank
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:56 am [Reply]

    Muffaroo Wuffaroo, gleeb. Link to article is at post 97

  105. Lake Eerie
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:58 am [Reply]

    Criminy, I made the float!
    It’s an honor to be lumped in with you funny folks!

  106. Smarmy_Duke
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:06 pm [Reply]

    Marmaduke: You see the despair in Phil eyes…hilarious.

    Frank & Ernest: More topical comedy, yesterday it was the stimulus check, today cell phones. Cutting edge stuff…next stop the editorial page!

    Dog Eat Doug: Holy hell, the dog can actually speak? Not just thought balloons…we are through the looking glass here, people.

  107. gleeb
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:08 pm [Reply]

    Magazine! Ah, there’s the rub! The magazine is often a different thing to search in such databases. Mea culpa. OK, so I’ve looked the the link provided by Hank (dated July 6, anyway, so I couldn’t have found it given the duck’s direction) Here is the relevant sentence:
    “Recently, Pew reported that, on a series of “news knowledge questions,” Limbaugh’s “Dittoheads” — the defiantly self-mocking term for his faithful, supposedly brainwashed, audience — scored higher than NPR listeners.”
    I’d like to see that Pew report, although I consider it no one’s duty but my own to seek it out.

    The story goes on to say: “The study found that ‘readers of newsmagazines, political magazines and business magazines, listeners of Rush Limbaugh and NPR and viewers of the Daily Show and C-SPAN are also much more likely than the average person to have a college degree.’”

    The duck misrepresented the date. Big deal? Maybe not, by itself. He, however has a habit of getting things wrong.

  108. Josh
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:09 pm [Reply]

    Please, people, don’t have your discussions about Mallard Fillmore and Rush Limbaugh here. Please, I’m begging you. Congrats for being civil so far, but I just don’t see it maintaining. You have the whole rest of the internet if you want to argue about politics. The 2008 election is coming and I don’t want my nice blog turning into a cesspool of hate.

    Josh

  109. Gabe
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:15 pm [Reply]

    SOmeone’s posted a link, but to reiterate to anyone who missed it, you can watch a preview of Josh on the Jeaopardy! website.

    Off to tivo.com to see if I can schedule it online. Damn being on at 3:30 in Memphis!

  110. Niall
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:15 pm [Reply]

    108. Josh: well, other than a cesspool of hate about Foob and other strips? :)

  111. TeamCorndog
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:15 pm [Reply]

    “I know you’re around here someplace…I found your pants.”
    Whoa, this panel kicks the door open for some racy Blondie action…but it seems that even back in the 50′s Dagwood was more likely to hang outside a window sans pants than make whoopie with his hot wife sans pants.

  112. Patrick, Interlibrary Loan Lending Division
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:16 pm [Reply]

    #90 Phred22: You don’t have to have someone tell me, you just did yourself. :-)

  113. Patrick, Interlibrary Loan Lending Division
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:18 pm [Reply]

    #111: To see Dagwood making whoopie with Blondie sans pants, you have to find some Tijuana Bibles.

  114. Old School Allie Cat
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:19 pm [Reply]

    I am so jealous about the Jeopardy appearance.

    I once got to see the Tournament of Champions filmed in Hotlanta, and it was awesome. It was the Eddie Timanus era, for those of you who are aficionados of the show.

    I agree with the request for no spoilers, please. I’m business tripping it on the West Coast (Seattle, to be precise) and I’m hoping that my trip to Archie McPhee concludes in time to view Josh kicking ass and shaking hands with the Alex Trebek. Do you suppose it was Mark Trail who got rid of Trebek’s moustache with a searing fist o’ justice?

    As for today’s comics…

    FOOB – Was the heath aid supposed to be Asian, Lynn? The eyes weren’t nearly squinty enough for me to be able to tell. I think April and Shannon and Iris need to haul Jim up to Mtigatingcircumstances and send him out to sea on an ice floe. Put him and us out of our misery.

    Funky – I’m surprised that a plaque on a bench in NYC placed there 10 years ago is still there, or that, at the very least, someone hasn’t drawn a penis on it.

    MW – I’m surprised that Jeff hasn’t brought up the idea of make-up sex. Although, if things got hot n heavy, his Grecian Formula would start to run.

    So, I’m sitting here in Seattle waiting to see whether people show up for a training session that may or may not have been scheduled. I can’t tell from the looks of the memo I was given at the first of the week.

    Meanwhile, back at my office in Nashville, all hell is breaking loose and I’m not there to put out fires. But as my boss said, there’ll still be plenty for me when I get back – which I can only assume means that I’ll still be employed when I return.

    If you haven’t realized this, I tend toward anxiety and paranoia.

  115. gleeb
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:23 pm [Reply]

    Andrew Kohut, the well-connected head of the Pew research Center admitted they could not predict the recent Democratic Presidential Nomination race* Am I right? Am I wrong? Who’ll notice in 6 months?

    *Anywhere between 12/ 30/07and 1/30/08

  116. Calico
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:24 pm [Reply]

    I saw the promo! Yay!
    Good Luck Josh!

    And yeah, please no spoilers/kinescope recordings for the West Coasters, please. ; )

  117. Darkefang
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:24 pm [Reply]

    Regarding Mallard Fillmore:

    I don’t have a link, but I did find a 2006 Pew study looking at news consumption. Pew interviewed 3,204 adults from April 27 to May 22, 2006. This is the part that the NYT referenced, I believe:

    “The three questions asked respondents which party has a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives (Republicans); the name of the current U.S. Secretary of State (Condoleezza Rice); the name of the current president of Russia (Vladimir Putin).”

    High knowledge:

    Weekly Standard/New Republic – 50%
    Rush Limbaugh – 48%
    New Yorker/Atlantic – 44%
    O’Reilly Factor – 42%
    News magazines – 41%
    NPR – 39%
    Daily Show – 38%
    etc.

    There’s no indication what constitutes “high knowledge,” but the indices list the following statistics regarding correct answers to each question:

    Condi Rice:
    Republican – 46%
    Democrat – 43%
    Independent – 43%

    Vladimir Putin:
    Republican – 37
    Democrat – 30
    Independent – 34

    GOP has House majority:
    Republican – 69
    Democrat – 67
    Independent – 63

    Draw your own conclusions.

  118. gleeb
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:26 pm [Reply]

    Je me regrette, Josh. My lips are sealed,

  119. Calico
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:26 pm [Reply]

    Pretty please with scampi on it!

    A3G – Apparently, Eric has never heard of Twitter or EIN News Service.

  120. Darkefang
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:27 pm [Reply]

    #108 Josh –

    Sorry, I was busy transcribing when you told us not to post that.

    Please ignore #117, everyone. Nothing to see there!

  121. commodorejohn
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:28 pm [Reply]

    9CL – We get it, Brooke. We get it.

    A3G – Ah, Tibet’s famed Prisoner Status Hotline!

    BS – Man, why was I not reading this before, again? (Oh yeah, friggin’ goComics. That’s why.)

    FC – I’m not sure what this says about the relationship between Jeff Keane and his younger sibling (siblings?) but I’m sure it’s quite disturbing.

    FOOB – Ha ha, Jim! You sure got what you deserved for having a penis! Ha ha ha, now all you’re good for is being another piece in Lynn’s dependency/infantilism fetish, you rotten man, you! Ha ha!

    FW – Les, here’s a hint: shoulder pads went out of style about fifteen (twenty-five? Thirty-five? Hell if I know how this time-jump thing works, but at any rate many) years before you were born.

    Lio – Pay attention, Wiley: this is how to make a hunting joke (A) not preachy, pompous or obnoxious, and (B) funny.

    Luann – If nothing else, I have to respect Greg Evans for actually writing, drawing, and submitting this and getting it printed. However: EW.

    MF – Tinsley, that’s Rush listeners on average. Not you, specifically.

    MW – STOP LOOKING AT ME AUGH

    Pluggers – DAMMIT PLUGGERS STOP TRYING TO FIT ME IN YOUR TARGET DEMOGRAPHIC

    SF – hahahahaha

    Edison Lee – And John Hambrock again demonstrates his total ignorance of just about anything in that, for example, Bell and Watson were in different rooms, and the first telephone (not to mention subsequent telephones for many decades) did not look anything like that. But hey, it’s not like it’s supposed to take work (or quality, or humor) to be a nationally syndicated cartoonist.

  122. commodorejohn
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:29 pm [Reply]

    #108 Josh – Er, sorry.

  123. dimestore lipstick
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:29 pm [Reply]

    Duckie;
    Thanks for the link!

    I took the quiz at the Pew site, and am in the 91st percentile. Completely due, by the way, to NPR. But maybe if I lstened to Limbaugh, I’d have gotten 12 out of 12 right, instead of only 11 out of 12…

  124. Red Greenback
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:30 pm [Reply]

    #108-Thanks Josh!… and please, easterners and centrallers and mountaineers… what Deena in OR and Calico said up there-No J! Spoilers until we westerners have had a chance to view the program please. Thanks.

  125. Dingo
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:35 pm [Reply]

    #108 Josh: cesspool of hate? What do you call all the snark about Mary Worth’s vagina?

    MARY WORTH’S VAGINA IS A CESSPOOL OF HATE!!!

  126. TeamCorndog
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:35 pm [Reply]

    #113: Believe me, I don’t want to see that, but I think Mr. Dithers does. Why else would he barge into their house looking for naked-Dagwood evidence? “So?” indeed.

  127. Red Greenback
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:36 pm [Reply]

    …Although, y’all can make up fake, outrageous spoilers about the program and post it here, that would be cool.

  128. Cuddly Cornpone
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:37 pm [Reply]

    In RE: today’s Luann- Hey TJ…. OWNED!!! By Luann’s DAD!!! I can’t wait for the rest of this week’s strips to all center on trying to explain to Mr. DeGroot what you were doing exactly. Boy oh boy, this is going to be one hee-larious storyline. Jeepers, am I excited.

  129. man behind the curtain
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:44 pm [Reply]

    GT — It’s a trick. The K-Zoo Kings have a full roster and don’t need any players, However, they do need a new groundskeeper since Carlos Alora moved to Charterstone…

  130. Patrick, Interlibrary Loan Lending Division
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:48 pm [Reply]

    DAS says:
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:20 am

    “MF: nope. both NPR listeners and Rush Limbaugh listeners are equally misguided. Both groups think NPR is liberal and representative of liberalism in general.”

    I agree. What constitutes a liberal these days is in the eyes of the beholder. I think of myself as a liberal but not as liberal as other people I know. What I have observed is that the quality of NPR news programming has declined for several years. I consider them no better than any of the other craptastic broadcast media. I gave up on them completely a couple of months ago. For the commute to work, I load up on some CDs or listen to nothing at all. For news, I look for it in multiple sources and then try to reach my own conclusions.

  131. Red Greenback
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:54 pm [Reply]

    When they further distill that Dagwood strip in the year 2030. It will only be one panel wherin Dithers says to Dagwood: “So? You call that a penis?!!”…and FOOB will take up the rest of the page…in every newspaper on the planet….Lynn’s Disney on iced head in a jar… telepatically transferring her thoughts…over and over….hybrid of yet another hybrid.. the same shit….different flies.. every day… forever……*swoon*

  132. Perky Bird
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:54 pm [Reply]

    Zits: I know everyone always comments on the “Muppet mouths” in FOOB, but damn! This Beckers chick has the biggest Muppet mouth I’ve ever seen! She could french Kermit and Fozzie Bear at the same time! To quote the Sea Captain from the Simpsons, “Arrgh! That’ll replace the whale in me nightmares!”

    #144 Old School Allie Cat: Hope your training session in Seattle goes better than mine. A month ago, my agency flew me from DC to Seattle to deliver training to our Seattle office folks. I got there, only to discover that no one had actually signed up for the training, but had failed to tell my boss that! So I sat there (with no rental car to save me) for several hours, bored and angry, until the person with the rental car was finished with her own (successful) training. Oh, and did I mention–this was your Federal tax dollars at work!

  133. Muffaroo Wuffaroo
    July 22nd, 2008 at 12:55 pm [Reply]

    dimestore lipstick @123 – Yeah, but what kind of a dopey quiz doesn’t ask what Blondie does for a living, or who Wiley endorses for President? It’s like those guys live in some kind of ivory tower where nobody’s even heard of Gil Thorpe!

    Why, I’ll wager a pretty penny we could write a better quiz ourselves.

    1) Blondie works as a
    a) caterer
    b) bus driver
    c) wet nurse
    d) fabric strain tester

    2) What is the dominant emotion in Funky Winkerbean?
    a) happiness
    b) smugness
    c) endless dark despair
    d) a malignant cocktail of b and c

    3) What is Mary Worth’s philosophy of life?
    a) Do your own thing.
    b) Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
    c) Your responsibility is to the hive!
    d) What philosophy? A daily bop on the button keeps that boob in line!

    4) Which of these is not like the others?
    a) Saturn!
    b) Margo!
    c) Boxcar!
    d) Bum Boat!

    5) Who is Elly Patterson based on?
    a) John-Boy Walton’s mother
    b) Lynn Johnston
    c) Dick Cheney
    d) Fozzie Bear

    6) How old is the average character in Snuffy Smith?
    a) 93
    b) 92
    c) 93-1/2
    d) aw, hell, 93 again

    7) Something bad just happened. Who did it?
    a) Count Weirdly
    b) Reeky Rat
    c) Cassandra Cat
    d) I don’t know, but I’ll take c in for questioning.

    Time for my lunch. You guys take over.

  134. Nekrotzar
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:00 pm [Reply]

    If political discussion gets out of hand, Josh can always tell us to “CLAM DOWN! CLAM DOWN! OYSTER! BIVALVE!

  135. Dingo
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:09 pm [Reply]

    It was late in the day and Dithers’ ass was still tingling. How long had it been? A day? Three days? It didn’t matter. Dagwood Bumstead’s penis was the balm for his haggard day. It was the ultimate Goldilock’s cock: not too big, not too small, not too hard, not too soft… just right. How many nights Dithers mewled like a kitten in bed thinking about that splendid shaft forcing its way past his sphincter and opening his passageway to adventure.

    The afternoon had been ordinary until 3:30. Dithers turned on the television he kept in his office for a small break from procedure and tuned into Jeopardy! There, on the screen, stood a tall and slender man. He wore a suit and his hair and goatee were slicked back like an otter. He represented Baltimore and said his name was Josh. Watching this hirsute bon vivant, Dithers felt a growing ache in his loins. He wanted this man. He wanted to place gentle kisses upon his lips, his face, his chest, his manroot. He wanted to place three fingers into Josh’s cesspool of hate and cause him to ululate like a Syrian woman after a lottery win. As drool spilled from his mouth onto his three-piece suit, he said, “I feel this Maryland man is for me, and my blood says, take him. There are moments for wisdom and moments when I listen to my blood; my blood says, take this Maryland man.”

    Dithers picked up the phone and called the production company. Alas, the show was syndicated and Josh had returned to Baltimore after his multimillion-dollar winning streak. How would Dithers sate himself? There was but one answer. One word.

    Bumstead.

    Dithers drove to Dagwood’s house. Blondie’s car was gone. Good. He pounded on the door as mightily as a caravan of LPGA golfers at Dinah Shore’s ass. No answer. Yet, the door was unlocked! He entered and walked about the house. In the parlour, he took a turn about the room and it gave him great pleasure. He thought he heard running water somewhere. Ah-ha! Dagwood must be in the bath, cleaning his genitalia for Dithers aged and gnarled tongue.

    Dithers crept up the stairs on cat-like paws. The bathroom door was ajar. Water filled the tub. He put in a finger. The bathwater was still hot. He looked around and saw the open bathroom window. He gingerly tiptoed over to it.

    There, hanging from the window, was Bumstead. He was naked, save for a towel draped gingerly across his waist. The cloth was inadequate to shield everything and his penis hanged like a sword of Damocles ready to slice a garden gnome in half.

    Dithers smiled. He licked his mustache and placed his hands on Dagwood’s. “So!!!” he shouted. Dagwood looked at him.

    “You saw that Fruhlinger guy on Jeopardy!, didn’t you?” he asked.

    “So?” Dithers replied.

    “So did I. That’s why I needed a bath. Help me up.” Dithers grabbed Bumstead’s arm near the elbow and assisted him back through the window. They gazed into each other eyes and smiled. Bumstead looked as his boss and said, “Pleasure and a gusher of jism across your chest.”

    Dithers thought. “What is the aftermath of two men fucking?”

    They kissed. They kissed passionately. Dagwood led Dithers to the spare bedroom and bandied him about like a rag doll in a dog’s mouth. He spent himself inside the septugenarian’s ass and did, indeed, cause him to burst forth with a gusher of seed that covered his chest like frosting on a Cinnabon. They fell to the bed.

    Dithers ran a finger across Bumstead’s chest. His eye held a gleam rarely seen outside of the boardroom.

    “Wanna make it a ‘Daily Double’?”

    FIN

  136. AhClem
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:10 pm [Reply]

    MW – Today’s strip looks like a clip-art image of Mary was pasted against Jeff’s shoulder at a weird angle. This is more horrifying that it sounds, since it implies that Mary Worth clip-art may actually exist somewhere.

  137. Dingo
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:13 pm [Reply]

    AhClem #136 for the next COTW!!!

  138. David Willis
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:15 pm [Reply]

    Blondie’s art is AMAZINGLY consistent!

  139. David Willis
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:16 pm [Reply]

    http://www.shortpacked.com/images/dagwoodcopy.jpg Oops. Guess image tags don’t work.

  140. Calico
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:17 pm [Reply]

    #135 –
    Oh.
    My.
    God.

    Blondie goes Tarantino! : )

  141. Gabe
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:18 pm [Reply]

    Well, scheduled online, but its up to my tivo and whether or not it connecs with the central Tivo server between now and 3:30.

  142. Gabe
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:18 pm [Reply]

    Well, scheduled online, but its up to my tivo and whether or not it connecs with the central Tivo server between now and 3:30.

  143. Niall
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:18 pm [Reply]

    Conversation overheard at work seconds ago, someone speaking on the phone:

    “…Margo wasn’t very helpful…”

    I had to stop myself from giggling out loud.

  144. Gabe
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:20 pm [Reply]

    Walky, shouldn’t you be looking for a hamster?

  145. Hank
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:20 pm [Reply]

    RE: MALLARD FILLMORE. BTW, a shocking confession. I listen to both Rush Limbaugh and NPR. Does that make me the smartest person on earth or the dumbest?

  146. Deena in OR
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:30 pm [Reply]

    Dingo-Do you write for Nifty? Because you should.

  147. Muffaroo Wuffaroo
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:35 pm [Reply]

    Dingo @135 – Julius Dithers Rides the Bumstead Boat

  148. Niall
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:41 pm [Reply]

    132. Perky Bird: unless this was one of the really side areas of Seattle, if I was “forced” to kill time in or near downtown Seattle for several hours, I’d be happy as a clam. Hello, Pike’s Market. Hello, Gameworks. Hello, free bus service. Hello, second-hand comics and book and record stores. :)

    133. Muffaroo: that should have been “questoning”, with quote marks. Go take a few from Curtis, there’s plenty to spare there.

    I got to 135, saw the amount of text, read the first line, read it was from Dingo, muttered “oh no…” and facepalmed. Nothing good could come of this… but funny? HELLZ yes. :)

    Bonus point for “ululate”.

    Any punishment will be for Josh to inflict.

  149. Judo Throw Toy
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:44 pm [Reply]

    Clearly “SO!!!” is a much better punchline than “SO?”, thereby demonstrating that Blondie has improved over time.

  150. PeteMoss
    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:57 pm [Reply]

    Gil Thorp(e) – Here’s a few promotions I wouldn’t suggest to the Kalamazoo Kings:

    Ham night!
    Search the [stupid minor league mascot]‘s pockets for valuable prizes!
    Air horn contest!
    Thong night!
    Sloppy Joe Cannon!
    Neil Diamond Karaoke Night!
    Free Beer for Every Foul Out!
    First to puke after spinning in a circle wins!

  151. PeteMoss
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:01 pm [Reply]

    #135 Dingo -
    “…ululate like a Syrian woman after a lottery win?”
    I’d love to be able to incorporate this line into my own bit but I have no idea how. I guess I just don’t follow the Syrian lottery much.

  152. Poteet
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:06 pm [Reply]

    BLONDIE — So in 1952, Dithers yelled for “Dagwood,” and in 2008, he yelled for “Bumstead.” I can’t figure out if this change indicates more respect for his employee, or less. Though of course if Dingo is correct, the yelling wasn’t job-related. In any case, the Dithers of 2008 seems more glum. He didn’t even smile when he discovered the bathwater was hot. I see this as cogent commentary on the current state of the economy and the stress it puts on management.

  153. Xopher.tm
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:10 pm [Reply]

    FOOBz: Grampa Jim, at this point, is blinking “pleasekillme” in morse code.

  154. Anonymous
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:12 pm [Reply]

    Thanks you Dingo for the great post.

    You ever submitted stuff to the Penthouse Forum?

  155. Deena in OR
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:15 pm [Reply]

    Josh-

    Will you be putting up a new thread that’s specific to Jeopardy comments/snark?

  156. Blueberry
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:17 pm [Reply]

    Great detective work on Blondie – but MT has to be the epitome of comic regurgitation. It’s been a while, but don’t you remember the panels in the strip alternating between Elrod and Dodd within a single day?! Entire story lines (4-6 weeks in Trail-time) were found to have been repeated from generations past.

    And speaking of MT and otters… one of my favorite MT panels was either Cherry or Kelly saying “I’d like to see your little otter!” Mr. Blueberry and I often have occasion to drive past the Little Otter River and I very predictably recite my MT quote, to be met with his equally predictable response…

  157. Justafoob
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:17 pm [Reply]

    If you have read about LJ’s life, you can see why she portrays Elly’s father as a cripple. He sees what is going on but cannot do anything about it. Just get wheeled from panel to panel.

    Kind of like the reads of FBOFW.

  158. Poteet
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:19 pm [Reply]

    Last night, while trying to get to sleep after the excitement of seeing Gwampa Foob outside again, I sleepily mused about the various ways in which comics deal with people under twenty-five. In Foob, they age in real time. In ZITS, they stay the same age forever. In BABY BLUES, they grow, but not necessarily, as far as I can tell, at a real-time pace. In STONE SOUP, they stay the same age except that a baby may be added to the mix. In…yawn…JP, the action moves so slowly that one can’t tell if they are…yawn…aging… or…not….zzzzzzzz…..

    In case of insomnia, just contemplate this topic.

  159. Spotted HØrse, Jungle Steed
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:25 pm [Reply]

    Holy bejeeble, what a week! The snark is good, people. Congrats to all, to Duckman30 (Quack AAHHH!), to cheech wizard for pulling a Charlie Bucket, to Patrick ILD for his research coup.

    #132 Perky Bird:

    Zits: I know everyone always comments on the “Muppet mouths” in FOOB, but damn! This Beckers chick has the biggest Muppet mouth I’ve ever seen! She could french Kermit and Fozzie Bear at the same time!

    Hell, she’s not just a Muppet mouth, she’s a Pez dispenser. Nasty, says I.

    #135 Dingo: Hahahaha! Lord! “Dagwood led Dithers to the spare bedroom and bandied him about like a rag doll in a dog’s mouth.” Hoo!

  160. Ned Ryerson
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:25 pm [Reply]

    Wouldn’t you like to be able to use the phrase “I know you’re around here someplace…I found your pants”.

    Perhaps you’re looking for a lover who has strayed and you track them to a pants optional club, where you barge in and storm the pants room (where all who enter depant and get a ticket from the pants check girl) and you search through all the pants and find what are unmistakably your lover’s trousers and proclaim to the room “AHA! I know you’re around here someplace…I found your pants.”

    I also like the inherent logic of the phrase in Blondie. One never strays very far from their pants, even in one’s own home where, presumably, one has many pairs of pants and hence an opportunity to don other pants and step back out into pantsed society. But Mr. Dithers didn’t get where he is without listening to his gut. Those are Bumstead’s pants, I know his naked ass is around here somewhere. Also, it kind of looks like Dithers gained the top of the stairs holding the pants, so he found them somewhere on the staircase, which means that Dagwood was quite eager to get out of his pants and into the tub on that particular day.

    I’m sorry. I got lost in a pants reverie. I’ll take dungarees for $200, Alex.

  161. Magma
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:35 pm [Reply]

    Ah, yes, the 50s. When things were simpler, and we each owned one pair of pants.

  162. bats :[
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:36 pm [Reply]

    59. Justafoob: GAH! I just had an epiphany (or possibly an apostrophe), thanks to your thoughts on pushing up the wedding before Gramps pushes up the daisies. LJ is rewriting Hamlet!
    Instead of Hamlet telling his buddy, “Thrift, thrift, Horatio! The funeral bak’d meats Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables.”, Grandpa Jim is going to shuffle off the mortal coil (thanks for that, too, Hamlet!) at the wedding, and the hot dishes at Liz’s reception are going to be leftover classics at her grandpappy’s wake.
    Of course, this is speculation on my part. Elly willingly giving up a week’s worth of leftovers is probably too much to ask…

    95. cheech wizard re MT: we’re gonna need a bigger box.

    Oh, and Archie McPhee’s rocks!

  163. hobbit
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:40 pm [Reply]

    #159 Spotted Horse- Man, hoo is right! Dagwood’s roadside now! A real gig!

  164. Deena in OR
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:43 pm [Reply]

    114 Old School Allie Cat:

    Grab a Punching Nun puppet while you’re at Archie’s for me, wouldya???

  165. Spotted HØrse, Jungle Steed
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:45 pm [Reply]

    #5 Poteet:

    And did anyone else briefly wonder whether Dagwood’s junk would look different now than it did in 1952?

    #113 Patrick, ILLD:

    To see Dagwood making whoopie with Blondie sans pants, you have to find some Tijuana Bibles.

    I’ve seen Dagwood sans pants in an anthology of these Tijuana Bibles of which you speak, Patrick. Poteet, if you can imagine Tom of Finland junk attached to Dagwood Bumstead’s physique, you pretty much know how Dagwood was hung in the fifties. Whether the ensuing decades brought about shrinkage, I cannot say.

    Hmmm… then again, it might not have been Dagwood, but rather some other character of similar morphology, say, such as Jeff, of Mutt and Jeff. Same general idea, yeah?

  166. Spotted HØrse, Jungle Steed
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:50 pm [Reply]

    #163 hobbit:

    Dagwood’s roadside now! A real gig!

    Yep, I see that like Dithers, Dagwood listens to his blood. Maybe Dagwood has fewer moments of wisdom than Dithers.

    Again, hoo!

  167. Perky Bird
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:55 pm [Reply]

    # 148 Niall– Unfortunately, it was nowhere near downtown, or anything else of interest. It was in Renton, which, as far as I could tell from the map, is located somewhere between “Nowhere Exciting” and the Sea-Tac airport.

  168. Gabe
    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:56 pm [Reply]

    OT, Estelle Getty died today.

  169. Calico
    July 22nd, 2008 at 3:00 pm [Reply]

    Well, I just hope our dear Dag doesn’t have a “Growing Problem.”
    Re: the balls, I mean.

  170. Dingo
    July 22nd, 2008 at 3:03 pm [Reply]

    Niall,

    Fran Lebowitz visited Northern Illinois University when I was an undergraduate. She told us that if the plane landed after dark and you left before morning light, you could believe that you were anywhere you wanted to be. That night, she was in Paris. She read a few chapters from Social Studies and gave us all a great laugh. Later, I found one of the posters for the evening and asked her to sign it. She wrote, “To Jeff. We’ll always have Paris. Fran”

    Next time you’re sent to Renton, buy a baguette.

  171. Bootsy
    July 22nd, 2008 at 3:04 pm [Reply]

    I watch Jeopardy mostly to shout “You pussy!” at contestants if they don’t bet as much on Daily Doubles as I think they should. I also mutter “Dumbass” at them or things like “April is the cruelest month, you idiot!” It relieves my stress like yelling at sports does for some people. Yes, I realize that being on teevee and having to beat others to the buzzer is much harder than it looks. Don’t judge me, man.

    Josh, I promise not to yell at you, except encouragment.

    Dingo, as ever, I love you.

  172. Niall
    July 22nd, 2008 at 3:06 pm [Reply]

    167. Perky Bird: Renton? Ack! Apologies, forget what I said…

  173. Niall
    July 22nd, 2008 at 3:08 pm [Reply]

    170. Dingo: wow. I wish I had formative memories like that. I was a geek, and yet didn’t have any “normal” geek experiences, since geeks are mostly ignored in Quebec culture.

    And I wasn’t in Renton, that was Perky Bird. I only visited Seattle once a few years ago. Would love to go back though!

  174. Dingo
    July 22nd, 2008 at 3:11 pm [Reply]

    Oops. Comment should have been directed toward Perky Bird. Lo siento.

  175. Bootsy
    July 22nd, 2008 at 3:15 pm [Reply]

    Poteet and Ned Ryerson, I will contemplate aging in comics and pantlessness in comics and society in general next time I can’t….zzzzzzzzzzz

    Phantom: Jesus, this guy needs psychiatric care and you want to bring him to New Orleans?! Please read pretty much ererything that’s been published about the state of mental health services in New Orleans, and immediaely make plans to airlift him to Houston.

  176. kippetje2000
    July 22nd, 2008 at 3:15 pm [Reply]

    Promotion Night at Kalamazoo? The Illegal Alien Egg Drop. Twenty illegal aliens (all different nationalities), crammed into a Piper Cub, each given a raw egg are then pushed out of the plane over the stadium. The one(s) who don’t crack their egg (or their skull) win a temporary visa for themselves and a plush toy for the person sitting in Section 124 Row 15 Seat 2.
    This promotion could run in conjunction with the Knights of Kalamazoo Kings grand wizzard bed sheet give-away; which always turns into an on-the-field-event.

  177. Orange Doorhinge
    July 22nd, 2008 at 3:15 pm [Reply]

    I vote for Mary Worth to cross into the Mark Trail comicaverse, and meddle Kelly Welly.

  178. Spotted HØrse, Jungle Steed
    July 22nd, 2008 at 3:20 pm [Reply]

    I’m all set for Jeopardy at 6:30. Go Josh!

    In the meantime, what say we tidy up around the place for the new folk? I’ll pick up all the MargoSaturnBoxcars lying around the place, and put them in a neatly labeled plastic crate. Anyone seen gh? I think he’s the guy to handle all the fish skeletons.

  179. Wally Winkerbean
    July 22nd, 2008 at 3:21 pm [Reply]

    Is Les going to take Cindy around to every spot in NYC where he went with his dear departed wife?

    Is he hoping that when they get to the motel room in Fort Lee that he can show Cindy just what he can do in a Batman costume?

    It should worry him though, that after she watches him, in costume, masturbate to his wedding videos, that she just might be calling a cab.

  180. commodorejohn
    July 22nd, 2008 at 3:22 pm [Reply]

    #165 Spotted HØrse, Jungle Steed – True, but then, according to Tijuana bibles, Betty’s (of Archie) personal regions are…rather more capacious than is particularily plausible.

    Tijuana bibles: the original Goatse. Once you’ve seen it, you can’t unsee it.

  181. Calico
    July 22nd, 2008 at 3:23 pm [Reply]

    #168 – Oh my – “Ma” from The Golden Girls?
    She had Alzheimer’s, I think – that show had some great snarky moments.
    Thanks for the info.

  182. Gabe
    July 22nd, 2008 at 3:25 pm [Reply]

    Ma, indeed.

  183. Calico
    July 22nd, 2008 at 3:26 pm [Reply]

    Sophia, I believe.
    “Picture it – Sicily, 1918…”
    RIP.

  184. gary
    July 22nd, 2008 at 3:27 pm [Reply]

    Longtime lurker, first time poster. Congrats on Jeopardy! I was a one-day champ in 2002, and came home with $32K! Not enough to retire on, but a sure-fire conversation starter. I’ll be watching!

  185. Gabe
    July 22nd, 2008 at 3:27 pm [Reply]

    Apparently she was suffering from Lewy Body Dementia.

  186. AhClem
    July 22nd, 2008 at 3:46 pm [Reply]

    I haven’t watched “Jeopardy” in almost 25 years, but I’m leaving work early today to catch it at 4:30. Go, Josh!

    Actually, since the show has already been taped, that should probably read “Went, Josh!”

  187. Mac
    July 22nd, 2008 at 3:59 pm [Reply]

  188. bmrr
    July 22nd, 2008 at 4:02 pm [Reply]

    Well, what with all the sexual imagery and innuendos of the last couple of threads, I’m surprised no one has mentioned today’s Red & Rover (at least the first three panels).

  189. Mibbitmaker
    July 22nd, 2008 at 4:04 pm [Reply]

    A: “I know you’re around here someplace – - – I found your pants!”

    Q: What did Ken Starr always want to say?

  190. Xopher.tm
    July 22nd, 2008 at 4:15 pm [Reply]

    For the curious, if you superimpose both Dagwoods, you find that they are indeed identical.

    See: http://pandorasweb.net/images/fark/not_funny/backandtotheleft.jpg

    Also, Dongo:

    1. “Bumstead” is this year’s “Santorum”.
    2. “Manroot”? Good lord…
    3. Has anyone yet pontificated on the possible state of Dagwood’s pubes?

  191. Mibbitmaker
    July 22nd, 2008 at 4:22 pm [Reply]

    Re: the Riftraxx post:

    That panel of Mary Worth is less “educating” and more “re-education camp”.

    My own perfect Jeopardy board:

    Saturday Night Live
    Watergate
    MAD Words & Phrases
    Comics (No Superheroes)
    Sophisticated Sitcoms
    1940s Animation

  192. Sequitur
    July 22nd, 2008 at 4:30 pm [Reply]

    The difference between the old Dithers and the new Dithers is a hat. Oh, and he calls with his right hand now instead of his left. And.. something you never see anymore on the new Dithers is that evil grin he has on his face as he tests the water. Also, Dagwood has moved to a one story house (no newel post or banister) and that makes him hanging out a two story window even a greater feat than in the 1950′s. Hey, maybe this isn’t the same gag after all.

  193. Bobdog, Jungle Patrol - SVU (not an Elephant, not Spam)
    July 22nd, 2008 at 4:34 pm [Reply]

    I like how Mr. Dithers deduces Dagwood must be home based on a single pair of pants — because it’s not like Dagwood would have more than one pair of pants lying around his house.

  194. Sequitur
    July 22nd, 2008 at 4:36 pm [Reply]

    Did Dithers ever even stop to think that it might have been Blondie or one of the kids that drew that bath? Would the strip be funnier if it was Blondie hanging out the window?

  195. Sequitur
    July 22nd, 2008 at 4:38 pm [Reply]

    ..and the towel falls off.

  196. Yeti
    July 22nd, 2008 at 5:01 pm [Reply]

    Aaaand Jeopardy just finished here in Chicago! I won’t say anything about the results (I don’t know when it airs elsewhere) but it was super cool seeing you up there!

  197. eatenmyeyes
    July 22nd, 2008 at 6:06 pm [Reply]

    That Mark guy was a total pussy. He didn’t bother to double up once. CC, you will always be the returning champ of my heart.

  198. captial L
    July 22nd, 2008 at 6:42 pm [Reply]

    I think the older one is somewhat better art-wise, which makes remaking the strip all the more aggravating.

  199. Duckman30
    July 22nd, 2008 at 7:23 pm [Reply]

    COTW, thanks! I lurked on the site for a while before posting and I’n glad I did, I enjoy participating in the snark.

  200. Aesop
    July 22nd, 2008 at 7:28 pm [Reply]

    Good job on Jeopardy!

  201. the guy down the street
    July 22nd, 2008 at 7:29 pm [Reply]

    so josh, what are you going to do with that dollar?
    whatever you do don’t spend it all in on place.

  202. Foobar
    July 22nd, 2008 at 7:38 pm [Reply]

    Go Josh! I’m watching Jeopardy right now.

  203. Cheeky Wee Monkeys
    July 22nd, 2008 at 7:39 pm [Reply]

    I didn’t see the whole thing, so you could have won for all I know!

    I think there needs to be a comics Jeopardy.

  204. Edge
    July 22nd, 2008 at 7:56 pm [Reply]

    Tough break there, Josh. Sorry.

  205. Plasma
    July 22nd, 2008 at 7:57 pm [Reply]

    Really nice showing on Jeopardy, minus the returning champion machine dude, right up until the end. Owch.

  206. Alan
    July 22nd, 2008 at 8:03 pm [Reply]

    “Medulla Oblongata” was pretty impressive, most of us lesser minds would have said “brain stem”.
    That was a manly wager at the end, Mark Trail would have been proud.

  207. Scruffylove
    July 22nd, 2008 at 8:03 pm [Reply]

    Josh–

    Golda Meir?
    Golda My-ass!

  208. Scruffylove
    July 22nd, 2008 at 8:07 pm [Reply]

    That was aimed at Marc, the Jeopardy champion dude. Not Josh. Or Golda Meir.

  209. Audient
    July 22nd, 2008 at 8:45 pm [Reply]

    Josh — you made a game of it, you can hold your head high. That other guy was kick-ass, and what can you do? I’ve never made it past the first round of the tryouts, so you’ve got that all over me.

    But I was screaming “Golda Meir” at my TV…!

  210. Scott Carpenter
    July 22nd, 2008 at 9:04 pm [Reply]

    Good job, Josh.

    I was waiting for you to mention comicscurmudgeon.com — would they not have allowed that, or was it just too tacky in any circumstance?

  211. Phred22
    July 22nd, 2008 at 9:06 pm [Reply]

    Another big regurgitator was the Phantom, when he was drawn by Wilson McCoy in the 50s and 60s.

    http://www.ipcomics.net/classics-index/strips.htm?list=S042

    The Horn Star Demons seen here had already appeared as a white giant diamond hunter who lorded it over the natives, as a good giant named Bruno who the Phantom helps find love, and as the six-inch-high tribesmen known as the Little People, whom the Phantom save from a crocodile.

  212. Harold
    July 22nd, 2008 at 9:12 pm [Reply]

    Josh, I would have said “Menachem Begin.” And “Venice” instead of “Vilnius.”

    I think your buzzer was defective. That, or your Old French Whore was dead.

    http://snltranscripts.jt.org/97/97nwhore.phtml

  213. Harold
    July 22nd, 2008 at 9:16 pm [Reply]

    Oh, and I said “Amygdala.” WRONG AGAIN, ME!

  214. P
    July 22nd, 2008 at 9:34 pm [Reply]

    201: He got $1,000 as “lovely parting money.”

  215. jambo
    July 22nd, 2008 at 10:25 pm [Reply]

    I hadn’t checked the blog in a few days so imagine my surprise when I saw Josh on Jeopardy! I feel like I know someone who was on Jeopardy.
    Except, I read a blog of someone who was on Jeopardy. Oh well, close enough. Great job Josh!

  216. AlphabetFish
    July 23rd, 2008 at 1:19 am [Reply]

    I also watched you on Jeopardy! You did really well! It was so crazy seeing someone I recognized from the wilds of the internet on TV! It was an exciting game, too, and congratulations on even getting on the show.

  217. Hawkeye
    July 23rd, 2008 at 9:31 am [Reply]

    My local station had a screw-up and started airing the news in the middle of the episode, so I only ended up catching the first 7 or 8 minutes of the show. I was quite annoyed.

  218. Dave Ruddell
    July 23rd, 2008 at 2:38 pm [Reply]

    Well Josh, you finished with the same final score as I did when I was on two weeks ago (July 7), but I managed to come second! OTOH, I only had $2,200 going in to FJ, so mayeb you did better than me after all. That signalling device sure is a son of a bitch though, ain’t it?

  219. Charp
    July 23rd, 2008 at 3:41 pm [Reply]

    I know I have seen some Family Circus jokes recycled. In spite of (because of?) the fact that the artist supposedly makes up a new strip every day.

  220. Deckard Canine
    July 24th, 2008 at 10:20 am [Reply]

    I have a different take on Mr. Dithers’s “So?” After some skipped dialog, he’s saying, “Yeah, I invaded your house and am now staring at your privates. So what? I’m your friggin’ boss! I could order you to drop the towel and bend over for me — outside — and you’d do that, because you’re nothing without me! No one else would employ a slacker like you! Now get up here for a closer examination!”

  221. Jared
    January 6th, 2009 at 1:33 am [Reply]

    I am going to say this one has been recycled more than these 2 incarnations. I am pretty sure I have read this one with the pants panel and I have not read any collections that would feature to ’52 strip, and I have not read Blondie in many years so not the new one either.

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  223. Ike Iszany
    April 1st, 2009 at 9:42 am [Reply]

    Considering how that towel is hanging Dithers is getting a shot at the Full Dagwood.

  224. Ike Iszany
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    I wish I still had them. A couple years ago our local paper started running a comic strip by a local artist about a guy and his wise cracking dog (that was NOTHING like Garfield in style or tone.) So one day there was a direct swipe of a Peanuts strip. I pulled out my old Peanuts paperback (sadly I knew exactly which book it was in) and there it was, almost word for word, line for line. There were childrens building blocks in the scene and he even put the same letters on the blocks!!!The next day he copied the gag on the next page of the same book!! He was plagarising IN ORDER!!

    The next day it was a complete rip off of a Garfield strip.I copied the strips and mailed them to the syndicate. About a week letter they wrote back saying they would look into it. About a week after that the strip dissapeared out of my paper.

    …heh…heh…heh…

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