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2013-07-09 08:18:46 PM  
www.thekeep.net
 
2013-07-09 08:18:59 PM  
www.reoiv.com
 
2013-07-09 08:19:35 PM  
Glad Pogo made. Too bad it's a mostly forgotten comic.
 
2013-07-09 08:20:29 PM  
www.berkeleybreathed.com
 
2013-07-09 08:21:58 PM  

TheWhoppah: Dilbert is missing.  Peanuts and Garfield were never funny.  Garfield is worse than Family Circus and Cathy and that is really saying something.


That's a good one. Everyone knows Dilbert has not been funny for a decade. Almost had me though.
 
2013-07-09 08:22:11 PM  
Replace Garfield with The Boondocks.
 
2013-07-09 08:22:20 PM  

studs up: Alarm bells went ring a ding ding for that site.
Can anyone post the list?


10 - Krazy Kat
 9 - Libert Meadows
 8 - Garfield
 7 - Li'l Abner
 6 - Opus
 5 - Doonesbury
 4 - Peanuts
 3 - Pogo
 2- The Far Side
 1 - Calvin and Hobbes
 
2013-07-09 08:22:31 PM  
stuartngbooks.com
 
2013-07-09 08:23:08 PM  
How am I the first one to post the fake "final" Calvin and Hobbes?

www.picpak.net
 
2013-07-09 08:23:55 PM  
www.tcj.com
 
2013-07-09 08:24:54 PM  
All y'all should be enjoying "The Comics Curmudgeon" if you aren't already.
 
2013-07-09 08:25:24 PM  
www.ncregister.com
How about this national treasure travesty
 
2013-07-09 08:27:09 PM  
www.toonopedia.com
 
2013-07-09 08:28:03 PM  

Gumpus: Cannot argue with 1 and 2, though I would have reversed the order.


Done in one.
 
2013-07-09 08:30:07 PM  
Pear pimples for hairy fishnuts?
 
2013-07-09 08:31:23 PM  
When I was a kid, I was partial to "Little Annie Fannie" when I could get ahold of it.
 
2013-07-09 08:32:11 PM  

BizarreMan: Maybe because Opus and Outland never ran anywhere I could read them on a daily basis.


Weren't they Sunday-only strips?  There's your problem right there.

For the purposes of this top-ten list, Bloom County, Outland, and Opus can all be considered the same strip, and referred to collectively as "Bloom County".

The only one on the list I'd argue with is the one I've never heard of.  Replace it with, oh, I dunno, Dilbert.
 
2013-07-09 08:33:54 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: UberDave: Another...

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This is one of my favorites
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Yeah... I know...not Bloom County


That one is my all time favorite.  I wish I could by it in a nice 8x10 format or something.
Breathed did some wonderful stuff back then....and I could never repay him for his generosity and gift.
 
2013-07-09 08:34:17 PM  
I find their lack of Dilbert disturbing.
 
2013-07-09 08:34:18 PM  
Came here for Little Nemo in Slumberland. Leaving satisfied. And leaving this here.

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2013-07-09 08:35:49 PM  
10 - Krazy Kat

Never read it, only through reputation

9 - Libert Meadows

Never  heard of it

8 - Garfield

Used to be quite good until he hit upon the the final design for Garfield.

7 - Li'l Abner

Ugh.

6 - Opus

OH HELL NO.  Bloom County, definitely.  And Outland... wtf man.  Coke much?  It was terrible.

5 - Doonesbury

Don't much care for the political aspect of it (I used to read the comics to escape all that shiat), but there were/are some damn funny elements.  I still laugh whenever I think of that woman channeling a goddess or cavewoman or whatever that was.

4 - Peanuts

Got a soft spot for older strips when Snoopy had a thinner nose.  Vulture still makes me laugh.  Should be #3 though.

3 - Pogo

My Dad used to have a collection of the old Pogo books.  God, they were works of art.  Topically, they are dated, but still good reads.  Never got to read it as a daily.  The political bent here was 'funny ha-ha' not 'funny fark you'.  Good stuff.  Should be #4 though, Peanuts was huge.

2- The Far Side

Damn right.

1 - Calvin and Hobbes

Also, damn right.
 
2013-07-09 08:36:14 PM  

Stavr0: Pear pimples for hairy fishnuts?


I take a copy of that every time I see a new batch of Krishnas selling lunch at the college I work for.

Most of 'em have a good laugh about it.
 
2013-07-09 08:39:21 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-07-09 08:40:04 PM  
no love for Endtown?
 
2013-07-09 08:40:35 PM  
Chick tracts should have been in there
 
2013-07-09 08:41:28 PM  
No Dilbert?
 
2013-07-09 08:42:05 PM  

i.r.id10t: Stavr0: Pear pimples for hairy fishnuts?

I take a copy of that every time I see a new batch of Krishnas selling lunch at the college I work for.

Most of 'em have a good laugh about it.


There are still Krishnas?  I didn't know that.
 
2013-07-09 08:42:22 PM  

UberDave: BizarreMan: I would have gone for Bloom County over Opus.  Maybe because Opus and Outland never ran anywhere I could read them on a daily basis.  But face it, without Bloom County there would never have been any spin offs.

Opus and Outland were great but Bloom County was orders of magnitude better.  Should have been on the list...

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Not gonna argue order, but Bloom County also should have been in the top 3
 
2013-07-09 08:45:46 PM  
Calvin and Hobbes deserves #1. Funny, smart, silly, occasionally sad (I miss you raccoon!) it never let me down.  Bill Watterson knew when to quit, and I give him a lot of credit for that.
 
2013-07-09 08:47:44 PM  
for better or worse had it's moments
 
2013-07-09 08:48:50 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Out of the ones still being printed, my favorite is Pearls Before Swine. It's pretty much the only one I'll intentionally look for and read. Others can come and go.

/Foxtrot is ok too
//1 & 2 are right


Stopped reading comics a while ago. Foxtrot was one of my favorites though, along with Garfield.

And yes, 1&2 are correct. I think the Far Side is better, but only because I've seen pretty much every anthology of Gary Larson's work
 
2013-07-09 08:49:18 PM  

revrendjim:

CSB: I went to high school with Bill Watterson (Chagrin Falls OH, class of 76). He drew cartoons in the yearbook. A few years later when I was moving (before C&H) I decided that nostalgia was stupid and threw away my yearbooks. I am a dumbass.
Point taken.  I am given to understand that Berkey Brethed penned the following comic in high school, and when his teacher examined it, her comment was "You're going to be very rich."   Any other "before they were famous" stories out there?

static.tvtropes.org
Gesundheit
 
2013-07-09 08:49:53 PM  
Now, if they do a list of Puerto Rican comics...

i6.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-09 08:50:33 PM  
Ego Edo infantia cattus:  Wow, Garfield and Peanuts? Why don't they go the full nine yards and put Family Circus on the list?

Despite it being either on eternal reruns or the jokes now made by a computer or team of ghost writers, the popularity of Peanuts maybe running from the 60's to the 80's was pretty big.  TV specials, the toy marketing, etc.  And it was a well written comic strip back in the day, if you read the old Peanuts books.   A list of top ten strips without Peanuts would be pretty silly.

Liberty Meadows?  What is that?  We've had plenty of Fark threads on comics and no one has ever mentioned Liberty Meadows?  Why is it on a top ten list?
 
2013-07-09 08:50:34 PM  

Lorelle: Little Nemo in Slumberland should be #1. It influenced many comic strips, including Calvin and Hobbes.



Never heard of Liberty Meadows.

Dick Tracy should also be on that list.


Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows) has a certain style for drawing women. And it is good .

(Damn mobile, I dont feeling like html tonight.) This Brandy, one of the main characters from LM:
http://www.libertymeadows.com/covers/Cover_GirlS.jpg
 
2013-07-09 08:50:46 PM  

EvilEgg: No Dilbert? Otherwise good list.


Completely forgot about Dilbert!

/actually enjoyed that TV show
 
2013-07-09 08:50:57 PM  

buntz: Liberty Meadows.  Really?  Liberty Meadows?

The author of this list is somehow connected to Liberty Meadows.  There is ZERO other explanation.


For once I actually read TFA first and then checked in here. I was so excited that Liberty Meadows made it, so all the hate is really bringing me down! OK, not really, but I do love Frank Cho's um...drawings.

CSB - When I was U. Maryland (91 - 95) the school paper had comics by Frank Cho (the precursor to Liberty Meadows) and Jeff Kinney (now famous for the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books). Serious comic talent for a university rag!
 
2013-07-09 08:53:50 PM  

VelcroFez: I don't fault the list, but I wish a way could have been found to include Little Nemo.


Agree 100%

Would drop garfield or Liberty Meadows to add Nemo
 
2013-07-09 08:54:02 PM  
don't think he ever got that famous but the guy who drew superman also drew other stuff....naughty stuff
ts2.mm.bing.net
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2013-07-09 08:55:20 PM  
i253.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-09 08:56:28 PM  

Speaker2Animals: Nadie_AZ: I really don't get the listing of Garfield. I never found him funny.

Did you see all of them?


Try the early garfield comics. After book 5 or so it stopped being funny. The farside comics, although demented and usually 1 tile were way funnier.
 
2013-07-09 08:59:46 PM  
Another vote for "WTF? No Bloom County?"

i221.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-09 08:59:52 PM  
Liberty Meadows... never heard of it or her

Garfield... the spinoffs and parodies are better.

Replace 'em with...

Herman
1.bp.blogspot.com

and

Bizarro
robot6.comicbookresources.com

Otherwise a fine list.

It would have been nice to see Ernie Pook's Comeek there too, but that's more of a pipe dream
 
2013-07-09 09:02:05 PM  

TelemonianAjax: Lorelle: Little Nemo in Slumberland should be #1. It influenced many comic strips, including Calvin and Hobbes.

Never heard of Liberty Meadows.

Dick Tracy should also be on that list.

Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows) has a certain style for drawing women. And it is good .

(Damn mobile, I dont feeling like html tonight.) This Brandy, one of the main characters from LM:
http://www.libertymeadows.com/covers/Cover_GirlS.jpg


I got your back.

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Frank Cho is a hell of an artist, and I'm a fan of his work and of Liberty Meadows. It's a fun, silly strip. However, I've never seen it in a newspaper, only in collected editions from Dark Horse.
 
2013-07-09 09:05:06 PM  
Hell of a good list and 1 & 2 are exactly right, but I agree with others regarding Opus being swapped with Bloom County and/or Outland. Still, any Opus is good Opus.
 
2013-07-09 09:08:23 PM  

Lorelle: Little Nemo in Slumberland should be #1. It influenced many comic strips, including Calvin and Hobbes.


This, that, and the other.
 
2013-07-09 09:08:47 PM  
Opus over Bloom County? FAIL.


Arachnophobe: TelemonianAjax: Lorelle: Little Nemo in Slumberland should be #1. It influenced many comic strips, including Calvin and Hobbes.

Never heard of Liberty Meadows.

Dick Tracy should also be on that list.

Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows) has a certain style for drawing women. And it is good .

(Damn mobile, I dont feeling like html tonight.) This Brandy, one of the main characters from LM:
http://www.libertymeadows.com/covers/Cover_GirlS.jpg

I got your back.

Frank Cho is a hell of an artist, and I'm a fan of his work and of Liberty Meadows. It's a fun, silly strip. However, I've never seen it in a newspaper, only in collected editions from Dark Horse.


Never heard of this strip before, but it appears relevant to my interests. I shall have to seek it out.
 
2013-07-09 09:08:48 PM  
More love for Bloom County.  I learned to read from Bloom County and Calvin & Hobbes books.

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I will always love that strip, and I don't know why.
 
2013-07-09 09:09:00 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-09 09:09:36 PM  
I think it's a good list. Krazy Kat is still weird by even today's standards. Early Garfield wasn't that bad. And I agree with several posters that Little Nemo probably should have made the list too, and the Bloom County related strips should all be grouped together and referred to as Bloom County.

And C&H is rightly on the top. It was a great strip. And I would suppose Watterson left about half a billion dollars on the table by saying no to tv, movies, and other non-book merchandising. That's something else.

Family Circus should not be on the list of greatest comic strips, but for some reason the photoshopped parodies of it never fail to crack me up, so there's that.
 
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