Aw, and I was hoping it would take Mary Worth and Rex Morgan, M.D; down when it went.
Admittedly, I haven't read any comic strip in about 15 years, but never read any of the above.
Has anyone actually known anybody that read Mary Worth or Rex Morgan?
My aunt did, I think, but, she's been dead for over twenty years, so, maybe, there's been a precipitous decline in readership.
The zombie strips really can't go away fast enough. How many times can Sarge punch Beetle? How many times can Dagwood not get a raise? Cathy was 30 plus years of the same three jokes. It would be funny if the strip ends with Cathy talking Irvine into being her leather-slave and culminates with her escorting him by leash in downtown New Orleans - Irvine dressed in a gimp suit and Cathy in full Dom regalia. But I'm guessing we'll get another diet joke.
I read MW when I was eleven and wondered if she was a lesbian. I also wondered if Steve Roper and Mike Nomad were gay. I found traditional comics confusing and disorienting.
These fossils are best seen second hand through the Comics Curmudgeon.
i think my grandpa read mary worth.
funnies the only partial good in the papers. you need to read non sequitur. and new adventures of queen victora is good for the inteligencia. gotta know your history.
Mary Worth was begun in the Toledo Blade by Alan Saunders some three generations ago. Other hands have long taken over, but the strip still runs daily in the Blade. Loyalty has its price.
It's hard to see what anybody finds funny about some of those old strips. As Homer Simpson said while glancing at the comics, “Oh, Andy Capp, you loveable wifebeating drunk!"
you can use this as an interpretive tool.
the one strip I do cherish is Doonesbury, and my local paper long ago dropped it as too much for the base..course it runs every headline about dems in hot water with independents, in hot water with grand juries,in hot water with themselves...
Mary Worth still runs in the The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, because the creator of the strip, Allen Saunders, was from there.
It's the only paper I know that still carries it, along with something called Apartment 3-G and Gil Thorp, which is about a high school football coach that subliminally has a somewhat unnatural interest in well-muscled teenage boys.
I use a feature that the Houston Chronicle has that allows me to read every day all the strips I choose from their list. I have about a dozen that the LA Times doesn't carry.
I *love* Mary Worth, Rex Morgan MD, Judge Parker, Mark Trail and a bunch of other legacy strips. I love how a simple story can take two months to resolve; what a meddling old biatch Mary is; how hot Rex Morgan and Judge Parker and especially Mark Trail are (Jessica Rabbit: I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way); the drawing that ranges from bad (Mark Trail) to surprisingly good (Judge Parker); the hilarious attempts at showing that their characters at least have technology from the 90's (Mark Trail still doesn't have a cell phone, I think).
The comics section of the Los Angeles Times is the first part of the paper I read every day and I'm glad Doonesbury is still there. When he's on, Trudeau's still incredible (the whole BD injured in Iraq thing) and even when he's flat, he's still better than most political cartoonists. His strip will never age because there's always going to be another President to mock.
The Comic Curmudgeon is awesome, a daily visit.
Long live the 'toons.
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