A few things for today. I've gotten a bunch of emails in lately. Some are worth reporting on.READER EMAIL
Someone emailed to ask "Why don't you talk more about those damn soap opera strips? They are the worst!!!" They are awful. But, my main purpose is to nitpick the lack of humor in the strips that are SUPPOSED to be funny. The soap opera strips aren't funny because they aren't supposed to be. Case closed. Actually, they can be pretty unintentionally funny, and you can read about them at the Comics Curmudgeon
(he does "funny" strips, too, but mostly soap opera).
When I lived in DC, the Post ran Mary Worth
(still does, in fact). At some point, the characters in Mary Worth
were stuck on a boat and there was some sort of accident. I don't know the details. I didn't read it. What I did read was a letter to the editor from a Coast Guard officer. He complained about the inappropriate safety gear of the MW boaters. He didn't want anyone getting the wrong idea about what was and was not safe. Whatever, Coast Guard dude. I say that MORONS who take maritime safety tips from Mary Worth
DESERVE to DROWN. I know that sounds harsh, but if you were going to take boating safety tips from the comics, wouldn't you at least choose something like Hagar the Horrible
? I know he's an old-timey Viking, but maritime navigation and plunder are his area of expertise. I don't know why anyone would take maritime safety tips from Mary Worth
. That's just dumb. I mean, I take tax advice from Cathy
, but that's completely different.READER EMAIL #2
I have learned a lot since starting the blog. Mostly from blog readers who find interesting comic history bits on the Internet. The latest came from a reader likely still confused over when the heck Blondie and Dagwood live. There is information on their wedding here
. That also contains a link where you can see the Bumsteads' wedding!! (but the link doesn't seem to be working today). They actually seemed enjoyable in the 1930s, I don't know why they can't just have a dignified exit from the daily newspaper (probably because the chance for a dignified exit passed about 30 years ago).THOUGHTS ON TODAY'S COMICS.Opus
If you get the paper, check out today's Opus
. I can't find it online (if anyone knows where, send me the link), and it would be too large to scan. The strip's point is that there has never been a single female animal cartoon character ("adjunct girlfriends" like Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck don't count). In the strip are 22 famous male animal characters from Winnie the Poo to Sponge Bob Square Pants. An interesting concept. I've been racking my brain trying to come up with the exception to the rule, but so far I've got nothing.Out of the Gene Pool
I got a Washington Post
today, so I got to see some strips we don't get in the N&O
. One of those is Out of the Gene Pool
, and I had forgotten how pissy it makes me. You know I can't stand the lack of hot men
in the comics. This has got to be the worst!
Those are the main characters - husband and wife. Granted, she's no Miss Buxley, but he's a hideous beast!!! Absolutely awful! In the Bumsteads' marriage, yes, Blondie is a stone cold hottie, and Dagwood looks like a total dweeb. That pisses me off enough, but OK. In this case, however, she is a normal looking human being, and he is . . . some sort of creature? He's terrible! And no, this strip isn't about "Beauty and the Beast." She didn't meet her husband in the sewers beneath the city. He is an actual male human being. He's just a nasty, nasty looking guy. If you don't believe me, go over to the site
, and check it out.
Yuck yuck yuck yuck yuck. Why does this have to be? Believe it or not, I actually like the strip otherwise. It's fairly modern, and even sometimes funny. I just don't understand what she sees in that creature.Broom Hilda contest
I promise that my next post (probably tomorrow) will be the worst March Broom Hilda
. Until then, I'd like to point out one of the most bizarre things about Broom Hilda
You will note the presence of a lamp and bedside table to the right of Nerwin in the first panel. Then, it disappears. I think that is because, according to the BH website, "The strip is simply a loony-bin where what’s said and done often makes no sense whatsoever, much to the joy of its millions of fans." And, the first part of that sentence is certainly true. One panel of today's strip not only shows what a loony-bin, loony-tune freak show they've got running, but also serves as just the perfect statement on the comics in general:
And of course, I think the answer is yes. Let people who get maritime safety advice from Mary Worth
die in terrible boating accidents. That would be a start.