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Most unintentionally hilarious comics ever!

Little Hawk 21 Apr 08 - 02:00 AM
Skivee 21 Apr 08 - 03:09 AM
GUEST,Jack the Sailor 21 Apr 08 - 06:28 AM
kendall 21 Apr 08 - 08:10 AM
Rapparee 21 Apr 08 - 08:43 AM
Rapparee 21 Apr 08 - 08:51 AM
Mrrzy 21 Apr 08 - 09:02 AM
John on the Sunset Coast 21 Apr 08 - 10:49 AM
RangerSteve 21 Apr 08 - 11:24 AM
RangerSteve 21 Apr 08 - 11:27 AM
Donuel 21 Apr 08 - 11:29 AM
Bill D 21 Apr 08 - 11:41 AM
john f weldon 21 Apr 08 - 11:45 AM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 21 Apr 08 - 11:56 AM
John on the Sunset Coast 21 Apr 08 - 12:42 PM
Bill D 21 Apr 08 - 12:56 PM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 21 Apr 08 - 01:30 PM
Little Hawk 21 Apr 08 - 01:30 PM
Skivee 21 Apr 08 - 01:34 PM
Little Hawk 21 Apr 08 - 01:40 PM
Little Hawk 21 Apr 08 - 01:42 PM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 21 Apr 08 - 01:56 PM
Little Hawk 21 Apr 08 - 02:01 PM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 21 Apr 08 - 02:08 PM
Skivee 21 Apr 08 - 02:34 PM
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Subject: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 02:00 AM

This is good for a few chuckles:

Are these the five worst or weirdest comics ever? If not, well, they're close.

The guy who put the page together refers to them as the five most unintentionally hilarious comics of all time. I tend to agree. They're the ones I think of right away in that sense.

Little Orphan Annie was also really, really strange. Maybe it rates as number 6. Enjoy!


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: Skivee
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 03:09 AM

I am shocked, SHOCKED I SAY!
How is it possible that "Nancy" was not at the head of the list, followed by "Henry"?????????


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: GUEST,Jack the Sailor
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 06:28 AM

And that matt Groening thing with the weird rabbits.


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: kendall
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 08:10 AM

Zits
Dilbert


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: Rapparee
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 08:43 AM

Buster Brown
The Yellow Kid


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: Rapparee
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 08:51 AM

Little Nemo in Slumberland
The Katzenjammer Kids


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: Mrrzy
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 09:02 AM

I just *love* Zits, sorry, Kendall.

And Rex Morgan, MD, has a warm spot in my heart for no other reason than my Dad would read it in the International Herald Trib to get an idea of American-ness.

But Nancy, and Henry, definitely. Mark Trail, top of the list.


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 10:49 AM

While this is all very subjective, I think it a bit unfair to include Little Nemo, Buster Brown or The Yellow Kid. These are, after all, the comics that were the pioneers; the art and storylines were certainly a product of their time--Gay 90s/early 20th century--and sensibility. We've come a long way, baby, from then.

I'm a bit surprised to find Mark Trail here. Sixty years ago Trail was the premeire comic fostering conservation and ecology (which I differentiate from today's environmentalism). It was a strip, a comic book, a juvenile radio program, and was used in radio PSAs. I guess it doesn't go far enough in today's world.

Rapaire, how do you feel about The Captain and the Kids?

My favorite unintentionally funny comic, Capt. Tootsie. He started as an advert for Tootsie Roll candy, and graduated to his own comic book for a few issues. Sort of sounds like the current Cavemen TV show.


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: RangerSteve
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 11:24 AM

Little Nemo had some of the best artwork of any comic. My only problem with the strip is that I've had dreams like that, too, always caused by prescription medications. It isn't pleasant.

I've never read Rex Morgan, but the description is hilarious.

Thanks, LH, you've made my day.


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: RangerSteve
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 11:27 AM

Just remembered - worst strip in my opinion is "Ziggy" I'm waiting for the day he commits suicide.
"Family Circus" comes in a close second. "Cute" just doesn't describe it. It's so sweet, I believe that reading it can lead to diabetes.


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: Donuel
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 11:29 AM

The Phantom


One white guy out to reform the evil middle east.


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: Bill D
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 11:41 AM

"Buck Rogers, in the 21st Century"!!

It was my fantasy as the age of 9-12....but then my brain developed a bit.

"Priscilla's Pop" Does no one remember the 'mashed potato sandwiches'? And Priscilla praying for a horse?


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: john f weldon
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 11:45 AM

Gee, it's hard to pick a worst. Most of the current ones are worse than the older ones.

One guy I remember was Johnny Malotte, Mark trail's stereotypical Quebecois sidekick. Around Halloween they'd put cut-outs of Mark & Johnny on the back of cereal boxes, for a really cheap costume.

Family Circus, i agree, terrible, but I hate anything wholesome.

I have to strongly disagree about Dick Tracy. Chester Gould was totally screwy, but that made the strip fun. I still have collections which I reread with pleasure. He included strange personal messages about magnetism. His villains were wonderfully grotesque, and their demises were particularly gruesome. I still have nightmares about his strips; what higher praise could there be?


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 11:56 AM

Wow! There are some classics being ripped a new one here! I guess it is a matter of taste, but to see Dick Tracy, Buck Rogers, the Phantom and Little Nemo on these lists is startling to me!

While they may not have stood the test of time, they all opened doors for others and created many fond memories. They are also products of a period in time, much like folk songs.   If someone were to write "Barbara Allen" or "Streets of Laredo" today they would be laughed off a stage at amateur night, yet each are remembered fondly for a variety of important reasons - much like these strips.


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 12:42 PM

Donuel, you just don't understand the concept of the Phantom. He isn't just one white guy trying to reform the middle east. That's Geo Bush you're thinking of. No, the Phantom is one immortal (seemingly; he's been around since the 16th century) white guy trying to keep peace somewhere in Africa among the jungle tribes, and trying to keep evil white folks away from the tribesmen. Along the way he fights pirates, spies and assorted other world baddies. The Phantom is also considered the first of the comics' masked, costumed, (super)heroes, a Zorro in purple tights.

The Phantom is my all-time favorite comic strip [there, I've said it!] since I was about age five, in spite of its probable political incorrectness. It is still going, but I would like to find strip reprints from 1945/1946. So far, no success.


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: Bill D
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 12:56 PM

In Buck Rogers, one naughty race of aliens had a very strange language. I remember it suddenly dawning on me what they meant when they pointed their Super-gravity dehydrating cosmic ossifiers with the Positronic Snarkle at Buck and screamed "Givei Tuem!"

I think that was about the time my brain took a turn upwards.

Yes, Ron...I was influenced by the strip, and I suppose it would not really be included in my 5...or even 10 worst. I could pick 10 out of TODAYS paper.


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 01:30 PM

If you are interested in comic strip history, check out this website: Barnacle Press

Some fascinating subjects.


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 01:30 PM

Of course "Nancy" and "Henry" and other unfunny and repetitive tosh like that is absolutely DREADFUL stuff! But it's not unintentionally hilarious stuff, and that was the point of the article in the link that I posted at the start of this thread.

I wanted to have the thread title say "Homage to 5 Most unintentionally hilarious comics of all time" but I could fit all that in the title box, darn it!

Look, people, stay on subject please. This thread is not an attempt to nominate the 5 worst comics of all time. There are simply too many competitors for that.

No, this thread is about comics that are meant to be taken seriously, but are in fact unintentionally hilarious.

I think there are hardly any comics left in today's newspapers which are intended to be taken seriously. They are all intended to cause a momentary laugh, a chuckle, something along that line...though most of them fail miserably at it, I'd have to say.

Comics now are a pale shadow of what they once were. There was a time when you had adventure comics, soap opera comics, sci-fi comics, medieval romance comics, pirate comics, seafaring comics, aeronautical comics, spy comics, jungle comics, intrigue in the Far East comics, it was an incredibly rich field of possibilities. Comics in those days were often meant to be taken seriously as adult stories and they had storylines that could run on for six months, a year, even several years before reaching the conclusion of that story! They were like graphic novels.

It was a different world.

Now, in the context of that world there had to be some serious comics that were a bit...ummm...strange...a bit twisted.

I think that "Mary Worth", "Rex Morgan M.D.", "Dick Tracy", "Mark Trail", and "Gil Thorpe" all rate as more than a bit strange...and the guy in the article I linked to tells you why in a most amusing fashion. ;-) He nails it.

In my opinion, "Little Orphan Annie" was also more than a bit strange in a number of ways: the incredibly rightwing views of the mysterious Daddy Warbucks, who once deliberately arranged for an A-bomb to go off in some "evil" Eastern European commie state (never identified), thus killing a lot of "evil" anti-American people.......the bizarrely stiff and very, very poor artwork, the round empty eyes on people, the cardboard characterizations......that weird dog "Sandy" who went everywhere with Annie and never said anything but "Arf!"...   yup, that was one hell of a weird comic, to say the least. Unintentionally hilarious, and a bit creepy at the same time.

As for Dick Tracy, what a macabre excercise in sado-masochistic fantasy! I think the author must have been a very odd fellow.


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: Skivee
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 01:34 PM

John Weldon has corrected my error. The "Correct and Proper List Of The Five Crappiest Cartoons Of all Time" should consist of :
1) Nancy
2) Henry
3) Family Circus
Once we get those three out of the way then we pretty much don't need the other two slots filled.


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 01:40 PM

Yes, true, Skivee...but that is not what I intended this thread to be about...as I have explained in my lengthy post prior to yours.


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 01:42 PM

By the way, I would like to add that I think "Zits" is a pretty good comic. It's a funny take on teenage vs parent psychology, pretty much right on the mark, I'd say. It's one of the better comics around nowadays. Most of them are terrible.

The last truly great comic in recent times, I think, was "Calvin & Hobbes".


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 01:56 PM

Henry is/was funny. A cute cartoon for the time, and it still brings up a chuckle or too. Certainly not "dreadful" in my estimation.


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 02:01 PM

Okay, it's a matter of personal taste...

But DANG IT, Henry is not the kind of comic this thread is even supposed to be ABOUT! Henry is not unintentionally hilarious. Henry is a comic which intends to be amusing, and that is about all it intends.

Gil Thorpe, Rex Morgan, Dick Tracy, Mary Worth, and Mark Trail ARE the kind of comics this thread is supposed to be about. They are NOT intended to be hilarious at all...but they are anyway. Unintentionally so. They purport to be serious stories.

I guess I am going to have to get a Joe Clone to change the title of the thread, am I?


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 02:08 PM

LH - don't blow a fuse. The thread has drifted and you should not try to stop it.

The other comics you mentioned are also personal taste.   Like any fantasy, the subject matter also requires the reader to suspend belief and accept the premise. When the reader fails to suspend beliefs, then it becomes funny - to that reader.


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: Skivee
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 02:34 PM

LH, I didn't think you blew a fuse.
You are correct. My critiques may be off topic.
I included my offerings because though they were intended as humorous cartoons, they generally failed to get even a raised eyebrow from me, let alone an actual laugh.


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 02:35 PM

Little Hawk - I can understand your problem with Orphan Annie or Dick Tracy; they were problematic even when they were popular. Rex and Mary are the comic equivalent of One Life to Live what whatever the soaps du jour are, and who takes those seriously? I'm not sure why Trail or Thorpe seem to be a problem...but OK.

If I had a teen-ager, I'd paste Zits on the bathroom mirror everyday. Viva Mutts!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 03:02 PM

Thorpe is mainly a problem because it seems to be perpetually stuck in about the year 1957...but it is also clear that it's all still supposed to be happening in today's society, right now, 2008. I remember reading Gil Thorpe back in the early 60's and enjoying it immensely. There was a great story line going at one point with this new teacher at Gil's school, a young dark-haired, very clever and good looking gal with just a bit of "Beatnik" sensibility about her. Well, more than bit. She was a very cool kid...probably about 24 years old. So she created a sensation at the school, because all the teenage guys thought she was extremely "hot", as the saying goes, yet they couldn't throw her off balance one bit when she was teaching...but the more elderly staff members were suspicious of her and looking for a good excuse to fire her, despite the fact that her teaching skills were extremely good. She wore a beret when outdoors, dressed in black mostly, and drove an old rattletrap of a car that a bunch of the male students had to give a good push down the street once to get it started.

All this was played up to pretty good effect as the elderly fussbudgets on staff grew more and more scandalized by this "serpent" in their midst, but could find no legitimate grounds for ejecting her from their ranks.

So Gil starts getting interested in her and they end up dating, and he discovers that she is quite an admirable person. He eventually has to come to her rescue against the united forces of her bitter enemies on staff.

It was a darned good story, and it fit the mood of the times. The trouble with Gil Thorpe now is that it is miles and miles away from the mood of the times, so it seems out of kilter on account of that.

I wish I could find a reprint of that storyline from way back then, I'd love to see it again.


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: Skivee
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 03:18 PM

I guess my favorite Gil Thorpe was when he helped the FBI stymie a bunch of students who were making hydrogen fusion weapons in the science club. If he hadn't tackled that kid at the last moment, the whole town could have been turned into smoking rubble.


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 03:30 PM

Holy mackerel!!!! And in Milford! Whodda thunk it? Yeah, Gil is always there to rush into the breach when action is needed, and he leads with either his jaw or his haircut...either of which is rock solid like a block of granite. The man is unstoppable.

I think the oddest fish ever to appear as a "hero" in the comics is Rex Morgan M.D. The man is truly creepy. I think that shaking his hand would be probably be a bit like unexpectedly reaching out in a darkened room and grasping a cool, dead squid.


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: GUEST,Chief Chaos
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 03:40 PM

I think I have to nominate the Far Side for the "5 best unintentionally hilarious" comics.
Although Gary Larson did intend for us all to get a laugh out of the bizarre scenes portrayed, the "unintentionally hilarious" comes from people trying to figure out just what some item in the panel did as in the "cow tools" panel, missing artwork (legs that were unintentionally left off of characters (under a table)), or from Gary's attempts at realism.
The last is evident in the "When Dog's Dream" panel where Gary drew a dog howling on top of the carcas of an overturned car that the dog had caught after chasing. Gary wanted to include the car's differential (gears that take input from the drive shaft and transfer it to a car's axle) and the only place to put it was just under the dog. There was public outrage as it looked to some like the dog was having sexual relations with the car!
Some people just have dirty minds. Talk about unintentionally hilarious!


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 03:43 PM

Wow. That is a good example indeed. As you say, some people just have dirty minds.


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: kendall
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 04:19 PM

All my favorites were dumped by the new owners of the Portland papers.
The Wizard of Id.
Calvin & Hobbs
The Far Side
Herman

Others just died out:
Snuffy Smith
Pogo
Mandrake


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 04:23 PM

Gary Watterson had the wisdom to discontinue Calvin & Hobbes while it was still fresh. He apparently felt that he was running out of ideas, and the time was right to stop the strip. It was an amazingly good and original comic strip, and you see various fragmentary imitations of it all over the place now in the behaviour of characters in certain other comics.


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Subject: RE: BS: Homage to 5 worst (?) comics of all time
From: Skivee
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 04:32 PM

What was the one about the fashion designer? "Wee Willie Winkee"? Something like that.
And "Apartment IIIG"...which was esentially "Mary Worth" but with 30% less meddlesome-old-woman content.
I weep when I consider all the inkfish that were boiled down for these pointless turds.
The humor is derived from the cornball out of touch style.
I should have them on my previous list.


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Subject: RE: Most unintentionally hilarious comics ever!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 06:55 PM

In my book, nothing can beat Mark Trail for stupidity.
I can't wait to read him every day, so I can see what predictably dumb thing he's going to do next - and prove my predictions correct.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Most unintentionally hilarious comics ever!
From: Rapparee
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 07:05 PM

So...modern cartoons, huh? How about Sheldon, about a 10-year-old billionaire software wizard? Or Wondermark? But I'll bet you're not ready for this'un, a real golden oldy.


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Subject: RE: Most unintentionally hilarious comics ever!
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 07:23 PM

Putting Little Nemo is this list is just weird. Here's a YouTube with some 1911 animation of the characters. (Click forward to 8 minutes in to see this if you are in a hurry.)


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Subject: RE: Most unintentionally hilarious comics ever!
From: CarolC
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 07:59 PM

Hey!

Don't be dissin' Mark Trail!!!


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Subject: RE: Most unintentionally hilarious comics ever!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 08:00 PM

Ha! The thread has the right title now. Good. Carry on, chaps. No use listing your "worst" list of comics here anymore, because that's not what it's about. Not Nancy. Not Henry. Not Garfield. Not Family Circus. Nope, this thread is about comics that never meant to be funny...but they are anyway.

Review the classics in this category: Mary Worth, Dick Tracy, Rex Morgan (M.D.), Gil Thorpe, and Mark Trail....and Little Orphan Annie. All of them go about telling lengthy (and presumably serious) stories. All of them do it in the oddest ways. They weren't meant to be funny, but they sure are!

"Arf!" (that was Sandy)


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Subject: RE: Most unintentionally hilarious comics ever!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 08:06 PM

Carol, go up to the very first post and click on the link. ;-) Read it.


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Subject: RE: Most unintentionally hilarious comics ever!
From: Bill D
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 08:45 PM

I wish I could even 'sorta' draw...I'd do a cartoon strip about a Canadian with an Indian name trying to herd cats....


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Subject: RE: Most unintentionally hilarious comics ever
From: Severn
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 08:53 PM

Actually, one of the oddest and definitely the slowest moving, plot wise (Yes, even slower than Mark trail!) was the late, unlamented "Smilin' Jack" about an aviator.Each day's first panel had to reprise the previous day's last panel. Among the recurring charactors were a guy called Downwind whose face you never saw and a fat guy whose shirt buttons were always popping off and being caught by his pet chicken.

Winnie Winkle was the designer of ugly fashions. Brenda Starr got tiresomely wierd at times.

I always loved the Phantom for the "Old Jungle Sayings" printed at the bottom of the panels, such as "Ghost who walks cannot die!" and "Phantom rough on roughnecks", and the fact that whenever he was dresses in his trenchcoat, fedora and shades anonymity outfit and was trying to board a commercial aircraft and was told that he couldn't bring a dog on the plane, that he just needed to say, It's not a dog, it's a wolf." in such a chilling tone that suddenly it was OK for the canine to board.

For years, the artist who drew Rex Morgan could only draw one shape of face for all of the charactors.

If there was a difference between the Chester Gould stylings of Dick Tracy and Gravel Gertie & B.O. Plenty, how about the discrepancies between Nancy & Sluggo and Aunt Fritzie Ritz and then again to her boyfriend Rollo.

Those sadistic Katzenjammer Kids were never completely controllable by Der Captain and Der Inspector (of what, I never knew), but I'm sure a few ladies from the local PETA office could set them straight on animal care issues. Still, when annoyed, I still like to say "Vot Der?...Gifs moider ven catches der breath!" to this day. And they might have been the one of the only examples of German humor around (or were they supposed to be Dutch?).


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Subject: RE: Most unintentionally hilarious comics ever!
From: Bill D
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 08:57 PM

...except for "Heinrich Schnibble" routines in the Saturday Evening Post. "Gespachletten der SchnortenZoomers"


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Subject: RE: Most unintentionally hilarious comics ever!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 09:56 PM

The marvelous Katzenjammer Kids were German, initially, but with the advent of the war they were hastily renamed and converted into Dutch boys! Typical idiocy one sees in wartime....mustn't let anything interfere with stirring up national hatred of the Germans, right?

Well, in time they reverted back to the German names and became Germans again.

Yes, the Brenda Starr comic did get very, very weird at times. No doubt about that. I guess it should be added to the list.

The one soap opera style comic that did not get the least bit weird, but remained totally sensible and rational, looked great, and had great stories and characters was "Mary Perkins, Onstage" about a career actress in theatre. Darned good comic, extremely well drawn and written. Its heroine, who had a solid and successful stage career but never became famous, was probably the most realistic and sympathetic character of her sort ever to grace the Sunday pages. I still remember that one fondly.


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Subject: RE: Most unintentionally hilarious comics ever!
From: Charley Noble
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 10:01 PM

It's by reading comics such as Mary Worth and Rex Morgan, MD, not to mention Mark Trail, that I've learned how to function in this insane world. I am eternally grateful to their creators, and their dutiful doppelgängers.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Most unintentionally hilarious comics ever!
From: Rapparee
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 11:39 PM

Please remember that Alley Oop, Prince Valiant and others still stride across the comic pages. Papers are reprising Bloom County and Calvin & Hobbes.

As for other comics -- "Our Boarding House with Major Hoople" appeared every Sunday in our local paper, as did "Bringing Up Father" (with Jiggs and Maggie). There was also "Gasoline Alley" (still running), "The Teenies", and "Smokey Stover."

Let's not forget "Terry and the Pirates" either.


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Subject: RE: Most unintentionally hilarious comics ever!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 22 Apr 08 - 01:08 AM

Yes. The oddest thing about "Terry and the Pirates" was the peculiar facial geometry of the characters...particularly the women. Oy! Those gigantic lips! Those razor sharp cheekbones! Those extraordinary foreheads! Scary stuff...but the 40's cool sensibility was certainly there. You could almost taste it.


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Subject: RE: Most unintentionally hilarious comics ever!
From: john f weldon
Date: 22 Apr 08 - 01:23 AM

Thanks to McGrath for pointing out some of Windsor McKay's amazing achievements. He wasn't the first animator, but he was the first really good one. In animation he is regarded as one of the Saints.

Alley Oop could be pretty dull, but he inspired an unforgettably silly (and secretly very rude: he was a mean motorscooter!) 50's pop song.

Our Boarding House; terrible drawings, but one great character, the greatest BS artist of all time, Major Hoople.

Gasoline Alley, the opposite. Dull stories, but amazing artwork (in the early days).

I am currently rereading my Herman collection. A total mix, sometimes dull, but sometimes brilliant. And almost no formula.

I don't think anyone's mentioned my favourite, although it comes from long before even I was born. Thimble Theater, which spawned Popeye. Long rambling stories, wild adventures, and the early Popeye wasn't nearly as sweet, (or as smart) as he later became.


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Subject: RE: Most unintentionally hilarious comics ever!
From: CarolC
Date: 22 Apr 08 - 02:36 AM

I did read it, LH. Like I said... don't be dissin' Mark Trail!


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Subject: RE: Most unintentionally hilarious comics ever!
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 22 Apr 08 - 10:54 AM

I was just referred to a site, garfieldminusgarfield.com. The resultant strip is more hilarious than the original in a strange sort of way.


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