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Ah, Ziggy: Will you ever make a lick of sense?

Ziggy, 8/18/05

You know, doing this blog, and therefore having to come up with something amusing once a day or so, has given me a certain amount of sympathy for cartoonists, who have to do the same. It’s harder than it looks. Sometimes you just end up staring at a blank piece of paper (or computer screen, in my case), despairing that anything funny will ever come out of your brain again.

But this … no. No. NO. See, because a robot’s voice is tinny, and maybe if it was coming out of a shell … well, no. Still, no. Sorry Tom and Tom II, but: no. No. No. I thank you for your time and effort, but: no. And no.

51 responses to “Ah, Ziggy: Will you ever make a lick of sense?”

  1. Some Guy Here
    August 19th, 2005 at 4:02 pm [Reply]

    Whoo! First comment!

  2. Monkeys Uncle
    August 19th, 2005 at 4:08 pm [Reply]

    You see the shell is trying to warn Ziggy of some danger. You know danger… er, uh from… UV rays maybe? No wait, the shell is channeling the spirit of the robot to warn Ziggy of a tsunami!
    Seashells warning you of danger?
    Run to high ground!!

    I love saying that.

  3. Wes Rand
    August 19th, 2005 at 4:38 pm [Reply]

    Hey, makes more sense than today’s B.C.

  4. You Bubble-Headed Booby!
    August 19th, 2005 at 4:41 pm [Reply]

    See now, if there were a shark looming up behind him, or a few tentacles, or something, then this would be funny. Not hilarious, but funny.

    Hilarious would be Dr. Smith appearing in the second panel and beating Ziggy to a pulp with a piece of driftwood.

  5. Lee
    August 19th, 2005 at 4:54 pm [Reply]


    I think the shell’s actually warning him not to read today’s BC. Or FBOFW.

  6. fuzzmaster
    August 19th, 2005 at 5:06 pm [Reply]


    You mean the special “Previously, on FBOFW” edition of FBOFW?

    Funny? I didn’t think Ziggy was supposed to be funny. Today’s was a trenchant commentary on the ecological plundering of capitalist society and the risks of ignoring the threat of global warming. See, when you hold a shell to your ear, you hear the ocean, and the ocean’s saying…

  7. Islamorada Girl
    August 19th, 2005 at 5:08 pm [Reply]

    “Ah, Ziggy. Will you ever win?”

    -Montgomery Burns

  8. Lee
    August 19th, 2005 at 5:12 pm [Reply]

    Isla, maybe the question should be “Ah, Ziggy. Will WE ever win?”

  9. the rev
    August 19th, 2005 at 6:47 pm [Reply]

    Maybe its warning him that the guy who wrote that fish heads song is playing nude volleyball a few yards away.
    Does anyone else remeber when Ziggy was really popular. i think i even had a zggy shirt! What drugs were people doing in the late 70′s early 80′s?

  10. Peaches
    August 19th, 2005 at 7:23 pm [Reply]

    Perhaps the shellbot is warning Ziggy of impending danger from that boat with the blue mainsail in the background? Maybe that’s Scott’s cargo ship about to run aground and crush Ziggy into a bloody, sandy pulp.
    Well, I can dream, can’t I?

  11. Lee
    August 19th, 2005 at 7:45 pm [Reply]

    It’s about as plausible as anything we read in the strip itself. Maybe more so.

    More robotic seashells, mule!

  12. Sheila
    August 19th, 2005 at 9:31 pm [Reply]

    Y’uns guys are so FUNNY! Bubble-headed Booby, also Lee, I burst out laughing. First time I’ve EVER laughed over Ziggy.

  13. sui66iy
    August 19th, 2005 at 10:02 pm [Reply]

    If a seashell imitates Robbie the Robot — a tsunami could be coming! Run to high ground!

  14. Lee
    August 19th, 2005 at 10:04 pm [Reply]

    Given the failure of the “Lost In Space” movie, that seashell may not be imitating anybody. That might actually be Dick Tufeld’s voice.

  15. Doug Puthoff
    August 19th, 2005 at 11:39 pm [Reply]

    Who gives a fat $&#* about Ziggy.


  16. Honey
    August 20th, 2005 at 2:29 am [Reply]

    I was all happy that Friday’s BC had a toad, but then I read the punch line. In what universe does that make sense?

  17. Mibbitmaker
    August 20th, 2005 at 4:57 am [Reply]

    #3: Makes more sense than *any* day’s B.C.

    As one that draws cartoons (2 issues of a locally-released digest minicomic is all the “professional” I’ve done in all these years??), I know how hard getting a really funny joke (tm Luann) is. I’m usually actually funny in response to something, MST3K-style; whereas contriving humor leads to stuff I hope is fun to read/look at, at least. This blog, esp. the strips it mocks, is actually easier to get good material from than making something up from whole cloth. Of course, paper’s actually easier to draw on than whole cloth. (crickets chirp)

    See what I mean?

  18. Mibbitmaker
    August 20th, 2005 at 5:19 am [Reply]


    The Great Bumstead Contrived Gathering has already begun! Rose Is Rose and Garfield so far in my paper.

    CURTIS: Looks like they have a telephone made by the same company that made Calvin’s TV set.

    A3G: Margo doesn’t seem to cotton (ho ho) to mention of church. Could it be because every time she gets near one, her red horns pop out of her head in the presence of parishioners?

    (DT)GT: I know he’s trying to be cloyingly ironic, but that’s actually right! Nothing exciting DOES happen there!

    Plus, “Turned some heads at Top Shelf”? I highly doubt such a prestigious indy comic book company would give the light of day to this strip [/possibly arcane reference]

    Foob Better or for Worse: “Maybe it’s just people (who complicate things)” Yes, Liz, it is… the “people” in question being Lynn Johnston, that is.

    FW: To quote a certain Jimmy Fallon character from SNL:
    Oh, by the way… YOU’RE WELCOME!

    At least Wally had more reason than Osama “Thanks for helping us repel the Soviet oppressors from Afghanistan, in gratitude I’m going to destroy your country and slaughter its inhabitants now” bin Laden.

    Hey, Wally… when in Rome…

  19. Adfella
    August 20th, 2005 at 8:57 am [Reply]

    PLEASE EXPLAIN!! Is there anybody out there who can PLEASE explain just what exactly was the joke in Friday’s B.C.? (The one with the frogface/evolutionists comment.)

    All six members of my family took a stab at trying to figure it out…but we got nothin’.

  20. Sheila
    August 20th, 2005 at 9:34 am [Reply]

    #15 – “Zippy rules!”

    Gotta differ with you there. That strip hasn’t been even mildly amusing in years, and was never actually funny.

    Not that that makes Ziggy any better, but I’m just sayin’.

  21. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    August 20th, 2005 at 10:55 am [Reply]


    My guess is no worse than anyone else’s. It’s an attack on evolutionists with the same rationale as the following:

    “Like, evolution’s soooo stupid”

    “Why do you say that?”

    “Because you’re, like, soooo stupid, too”

    What makes this hilarious is that a clam with legs is talking to a toad/frog/whatever.

  22. saint ruby
    August 20th, 2005 at 10:56 am [Reply]

    I dunno, the pun in wizard of id was so awful and the setup was so contrived that i had to laugh for a second.

  23. jkdunham
    August 20th, 2005 at 11:58 am [Reply]

    Who the hell is Will Robinson??? I googled the name and got nada…. (I had to do a little research before posting my ignorance to the world)

  24. Sheila
    August 20th, 2005 at 12:25 pm [Reply]

    Hahaha, jkdunham! You must be a Gen X’er, all us Boomers know Will Robinson!

    A very cheesy ’60s TV show called Lost in Space. The “first family in space” (did I mention cheesy?). The Robinsons consisted of Mom, Dad, gorgeous blonde older daughter Judy, barely-pubescent younger daughter Penny, and nerdy young son Will. (There was also a pilot or something named Don, who provided a love interest for Judy, plus a creepy up-to-no-good stowaway called Dr. Smith.) Will spent a lot of time hanging with a really stupid-looking robot known as The Robot. Whenever danger threatened, the robot would wave its stupid-looking arms and exclaim metallically, “Danger, Will Robinson!” This phrase got engraved on most of our tender little brains for life…

    Honestly, you’re lucky you missed it!

  25. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    August 20th, 2005 at 12:34 pm [Reply]

    This program was among the top ten worst shows of all time. Others include:

    Lost in Space
    My Mother the Car
    Mr. Ed
    Patty Duke
    The Flying Nun
    Dennis the Menace

    The remaining two are open for discussion.

  26. Cottontail
    August 20th, 2005 at 12:43 pm [Reply]

    How about The Partridge Family and The Brady Bunch?

  27. Cottontail
    August 20th, 2005 at 12:47 pm [Reply]

    jkdunham: Try

    A yahoo search turned up several links. Have fun!

  28. Zorba the Geek
    August 20th, 2005 at 2:28 pm [Reply]

    “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Green Acres.” Oh, wait, and “Car 54, Where Are You?”. Add “Hee Haw” to the list, too.

  29. jkdunham
    August 20th, 2005 at 3:35 pm [Reply]

    Thanks for opening my eyes to the wonders of Lost in Space. (No – I had never seen the show or the movie version that came out somewhat recently…) And yes, Shiela, you hit it right on the nose, I am a Gen X’er…. Anyway – as I checked out some links, I found my way to this site that I thought might be of interest to a few of you…

    You can purchase your very own lifesize replica of the original robot for a mere $18,000 US Dollars. Classic! I wonder if they have sold any…….

  30. rich24
    August 20th, 2005 at 3:43 pm [Reply]

    Not to turn this into a classic tv chatroom, but I would scratch Flying Nun from the list. Yes, the writing sucked, the humor was strained, and the supporting cast was abysmal, but it did showcase Sally Field at her absolute cutest…sigh!

  31. Peaches
    August 20th, 2005 at 5:14 pm [Reply]

    Every time The Partridge Family came on, I wished I was Elvis so I could shoot out the TV.

  32. Cottontail
    August 20th, 2005 at 7:44 pm [Reply]

    My hubby just pointed out… we missed My Favorite Martian and Get Smart.

  33. Sheila
    August 20th, 2005 at 8:25 pm [Reply]

    If I ever buy a TV-series knockoff robot, it’s gonna be K9 from Dr. Who, not that dumb thing from Lost In Space!

    Though I gotta say, jkdunham, that picture of The Robot brought the whole thing back. Would you believe I used to be a fan??? I had to take weekly turns with my brothers, who preferred Time Tunnel. Oh, the horror!

  34. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    August 20th, 2005 at 8:35 pm [Reply]

    Get Smart had its moments, for at least long enough to have the entire population saying “would you believe…” within every conversation for an annoyingly long period. Some people still talk this way.

  35. PizzaBagel
    August 20th, 2005 at 10:38 pm [Reply]

    Sheila, re your comment #33 (… I had to take weekly turns with my brothers, who preferred Time Tunnel. Oh, the horror!): Don’t you mean “Oh, the pain! The pain!” (I’m a baby boomer, too, who also devotedly watched “Lost In Space.” Not to mention remembers viewing many of the other supposedly bad shows of the ’60s noted above.)

    Correct me if I’m wrong, though, but wasn’t “Lost In Space” on Wednesdays and “Time Tunnel” was on Sundays? Just sayin’…

    Does anyone remember “Land of the Giants,” another Irwin Allen sci-fi series?

  36. rich24
    August 21st, 2005 at 4:56 am [Reply]

    Time Tunnel was on Fridays, I think. That was one of the best bad shows ever. Something hypnotic about that tunnel (oops – better stop before I get all Freudian!). Land of the Giants still shows up on the Sci-Fi Network now and then. It holds up fairly well. Nowhere near as silly as Lost in Space – or Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. While there are bad shows from the 60s I’ll happily sit through – I have an extremely high tolerance – two I absolutely can’t stomach are Lost in Space and The Beverly Hillbillies.

  37. Frank Drackman
    August 21st, 2005 at 7:26 am [Reply]

    I take umbrage at including “Patty Duke” in the 10 worst shows of all time. It had a great theme song,Patty’s european identical cousin was hot in a strange way,and the plots were at least as good as any of the clap trap today.She didn’t age well i admit.

  38. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    August 21st, 2005 at 8:57 am [Reply]


    You are correct about the swingin’ theme song, and I still know all the lyrics. I had to watch it because my stupid older sister liked it. I didn’t really buy into that “identical cousins” fol de rol, even at age 12. And Patty’s dad was such a silly ass.

    “…while Patty loves the rock ‘n roll, a hotdog makes her lose control. What a wild duet.”

  39. Sheila
    August 21st, 2005 at 9:03 am [Reply]

    Maybe the schedule differed in different parts of the country? It was Lost In Space vs. Time Tunnel on (I think) Wednesdays, in suburban New Jersey.

  40. Sheila
    August 21st, 2005 at 9:04 am [Reply]

    BTW, not to go nuts with this TV thread on a comic strip site, but who remembers Captain Nice and Mr. Terrific?

  41. Mibbitmaker
    August 21st, 2005 at 10:00 am [Reply]

    Hey! Green Acres and Get Smart don’t belong on the list! They weren’t bad…

    The latter was a witty, funny parody of the big spy craze (spies were like hippies and astronauts in the ’60s culture). C’mon, Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, people!

    And the former was great surrealist, absurdist comedy. It was the precursor to both classic Newhart shows, WKRP, NewsRadio, and Arrested Development. Arguably Seinfeld, too. I know there was some typical rural sitcom silliness grafted on, but it was vastly superior (not unlike The Monkees, which was also better underneath the dopey ’60s sitcom humor) to that other creation of the same creator (!), Beverly Hillbillies.

    Plus Gilligan’s Island sucked!

    And I Dream of Jeannie is my guilty pleasure.

  42. MJC
    August 21st, 2005 at 5:21 pm [Reply]

    I remember Captain Nice – William Daniels and Ann Prentiss (Paula’s sister). Very funny and biting. Mr. Terrific, whith I think Steve Shrimpell, was pretty lame.

  43. PizzaBagel
    August 21st, 2005 at 8:34 pm [Reply]

    Yup, I remember having watched both “Captain Nice” and “Mr. Terrific.” I’m pretty sure that they debuted in the same season – probably to jump on the “Batman” bandwagon. See the “Recollections of Old TV Shows” pages on my site for some of my reminiscences of those shows and others from that era.

  44. Sourbelly
    August 21st, 2005 at 9:56 pm [Reply]

    #15: Yes, Zippy does in fact rule, even when I can’t figure it out. In fact, especially when I can’t figure it out.

    Lost in Space also ruled. Dr. Smith was an uncommonly cool character.

    And Green Acres was a work of profound, Dada-esque art.

    Now, Gil Thorp: Death to.

  45. The Rhino
    August 22nd, 2005 at 1:03 am [Reply]

    Cottontail — I was crazy about My Favorite Martian (the TV show) when I was little. I loved it when the antennae came up out of the guy’s head. Also watched The Incredible Hulk.

    Chet – What about those 80s shows? You can add “Knight Rider” to your list… although Kit was pretty cool.

  46. Smitty Smedlap
    August 22nd, 2005 at 8:06 am [Reply]

    Ziggy is the mildly deformed, mentally challenged love child of the “Love Is” couple.

  47. rich24
    August 22nd, 2005 at 9:16 am [Reply]

    Hey, Pizza Bagel, if you happen to see this – I like your old tv website, but where’s the link to contact you?

  48. Zorba the Geek
    August 22nd, 2005 at 10:39 am [Reply]

    No, no, no to “Green Acres.” I never could stand any of the Gabor sisters. I forget which one was in “GA,” except that it wasn’t Magda. The only good thing about it was Arnold the pig- he had more personality than whichever Gabor it was (Zsa-Zsa or Eva).

  49. rich24
    August 22nd, 2005 at 11:29 am [Reply]

    Give Green Acres another chance, Zorba. It was surreal and ridiculous, in a good way. Eva had lots of personality and spunk (Zsa Zsa’s a bore). Come on, Mr. Haney? Fred Drucker? Hank Kimball? Classic stuff!

  50. PizzaBagel
    August 22nd, 2005 at 9:42 pm [Reply]

    Rich24, thanks for your praise. I assume that you have TV-related memories to share. I’ve updated my three “Recollections of Old TV Shows” pages to include my e-mail address – near the bottom of each. You’ll probably have to refresh the page once it comes up, since your browser will most likely bring up the old version from cache. Hope to hear from you, and any other Curmudgeonite who’d like to contribute. (See my comment #43 above for a link to the main “TV Recollections” page.)

  51. Danny
    July 11th, 2007 at 1:42 pm [Reply]

    You have all failed to note that if Ziggy were at the beach, all logic indicates he would be nude.

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