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2013-07-09 11:04:18 PM
Liberty Meadows was nice surprise to see on the list but it doesnt really rank in the top 10, imo, but pretty close.  Of course i would jettison Garfield from the list, re-order the others and exclude Lil Abner purely on ignorance.  I never really read any of it.

1. Peanuts
2. Calvin n Hobbes
3. The Far Side
4. Little Nemo
5. Krazy Kat
6. Opus/Outland/Bloom County (his entire works really)
7. Doonesbury
8. Terry and the Pirates
9. Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend (also Windsor McCay)
10. Tintin
 
2013-07-09 11:04:39 PM

JohnAnnArbor: ["Arnold" comics]


At one point in that strip, Tommy decided to take kung-fu. His teacher used him to demonstrate "the double-handed nostril pull!" which stretched Tommy's nose out. Tommy thought, "I can smell my neck!" and then decided to quit kung-fu. Arnold replied, "What? But then you'll never be able to kick a hole in the ceiling!!1!" And there was the recurring character Jimmy the Wonder Newt, who was like a deconstruction of Lassie (trying to write "Timmy's trapped in the well" in the gravy boat, and then getting bludgeoned with a shovel.)

I believe the cartoonist stopped drawing that strip because of the sheer volume of reader complaints it generated. This was a pity. It was just 20 or so years ahead of its time, or something.

crow202.org
 
2013-07-09 11:04:41 PM
www.slate.com
 
2013-07-09 11:05:10 PM
1. Cathy
2. Family Circus
3. Mary Worth
4. Andy Capp
5. Crankshaft
6. Garfield
7. Doonesbury
8. B.C.
9. Ziggy
10. Calvin & Hobbes
 
2013-07-09 11:06:47 PM
meh, amateurs -
www.lambiek.net
 
2013-07-09 11:12:35 PM
greggm59: studs up: Alarm bells went ring a ding ding for that site.
Can anyone post the list?

 10 - Garfield (sorry haters - I liked it as a kid)
 9 - Get Fuzzy
 8 - Zippy The Pinhead
 7 - The Boondocks (good show but I miss the strip)
 6 - Li'l Abner 
 5 - Pogo
 4 - Bloom County
 3 - Doonesbury 
 2 - Calvin and Hobbes
 1 - The Far Side
 
2013-07-09 11:12:38 PM
www.maakies.com
 
2013-07-09 11:15:37 PM

Corporate Mofo: [www.maakies.com image 850x293]


Braised Beef Teats. It's What's For Dinner!
 
2013-07-09 11:15:50 PM
Perfect timing:
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This is what I'm probably going to look like next week when sales resume.
 
das
2013-07-09 11:27:16 PM
Non Sequitor???
 
2013-07-09 11:31:49 PM
Opus was never a character in Academia Waltz. He started out as a bit as Binkley's pet and grew from there.

www.cartoonistgroup.com

Bloom County was so much better than the sequels, and should have been on this list instead.
 
2013-07-09 11:32:36 PM
Little Nemo is #1.
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-07-09 11:36:13 PM
i184.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-09 11:37:02 PM
www.zippythepinhead.com
List fails without the Zipster.
 
2013-07-09 11:40:06 PM
Arachnophobe:

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.

WaPo had it for a while.

Truman and Oscar (the duck and the wiener dog) were the best characters, IMO.

/go Beltsvile
 
2013-07-09 11:40:24 PM

Stavr0: Pear pimples for hairy fishnuts?


This is my stock response when someone repeats something and I still can't figure out what they're saying. It's also the very first Bloom County strip I ever read (my parents have the book). I remember getting so excited when they bought me "Billy and the Boingers" because it had a record in it. My jaw hit the floor at the end of "Secondhand Lions" when I saw the credits.

Bloom County should have been #3; Look at comics like Liberty Meadows, and Get Fuzzy and you can see the influence. Frazz seems to bend more toward the Calvin and Hobbes audience. I agree with #1 and 2, but I don't know which I'd put first.
 
2013-07-09 11:40:45 PM
img-nex.theonering.net
 
2013-07-09 11:42:01 PM
Garfield?


... ?
 
2013-07-09 11:45:39 PM
I saw these a while ago, and it brought a tear to my eye. A little nostalgia for the Calvin and Hobbes crowd:

http://imgur.com/tUzAL Hobbes & Bacon
 
2013-07-09 11:50:44 PM
There are even some who claim that every subsequent Garfield strip has taken place in that empty house, and are simply the hallucinations of a depressed and lonely cat slowly starving to death.

OMG!
 
2013-07-09 11:51:33 PM

buntz: Liberty Meadows.  Really?  Liberty Meadows?

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


For shame.your ignorance one of the great comic strips of Modern times is no reason to denigrate it.   For sheer artistic talent Frank Cho is second only to the immortal Bill Watterson And Fwiw Frank's an old friend so I happen to know he was as shocked as he was pleased to be on this list
 
2013-07-09 11:53:14 PM
List was obviously skewed to omit conservative humor.

libertas.bigblog.com.au
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2013-07-09 11:56:18 PM
While I agree mostly with the list a nod needs to also go to the great Bill Maudlin who penned Wilie and Joe during WWII

 www.awon.org
 
2013-07-09 11:57:58 PM
danfrank: 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!


I can top that: the Community College newspaper I worked on was where both Frank Cho and the guy who draws the boondocks both got their start .   and our editor-in chief, was the real-life inspiration for Brandy, except she was actually hotter in real life because she had blood-red hair and motherfarking SILVER eyes
 
2013-07-10 12:00:36 AM

ERNesbitt: Stavr0: Pear pimples for hairy fishnuts?



1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-07-10 12:07:59 AM

jaytkay: List was obviously skewed to omit conservative humor.


I know. No one ever shows me any love.
 
2013-07-10 12:25:07 AM

HaywoodJablonski: 1. Cathy
2. Family Circus
3. Mary Worth
4. Andy Capp
5. Crankshaft
6. Garfield
7. Doonesbury
8. B.C.
9. Ziggy
10. Calvin & Hobbes


You left off The Lockhorns and Broom Hilda.
 
2013-07-10 12:38:48 AM
There is absolutely, positively, NO excuse for Peanuts being any place but number one.
 
2013-07-10 12:43:22 AM
The number one on that list should have been Thimble Theater which gave Popeye his start
 
2013-07-10 12:49:30 AM

jaytkay: List was obviously skewed to omit conservative humor.

[libertas.bigblog.com.au image 725x236]
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Oh come on, you just made that up, didn't you?  That's not a real thing.
 
2013-07-10 12:54:51 AM

jaytkay: Little Nemo is #1.
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It really should be.  McCay didn't invent the speech balloon, but Little Nemo was the way that it got popularized.  All of the strips in the link use word balloons, so really all of them are derivative from Little Nemo.
 
2013-07-10 12:57:13 AM

FloydA: Oh come on, you just made that up, didn't you?  That's not a real thing.


Why must people always act like I don't exist?
 
2013-07-10 12:58:18 AM
where is dondi--that kid used to get into more damn trouble
 
2013-07-10 01:23:10 AM

Gullyborg: There is absolutely, positively, NO excuse for Peanuts being any place but number one.


Except that Calvin and Hobbes was better.

Peanuts was a great strip, and is rightly a legend of the comic strip world.  But if I were going to just sit down and read a comic strip for the fun of it, I would choose Calvin and Hobbes before anything else.  Hell, there are quite a few strips I would pick over Peanuts for pure enjoyment value.

My personal choice for the strip to replace Garfield on the list: Zits.
 
2013-07-10 01:30:12 AM
You know, lists like this are just designed to stir up comments and controversy, dissension and disturbances.  I never even heard of at least one of the comics on the list.

I would say that Andy Capp and Beetle Bailey deserve to be on the list, but maybe I'm just showing my age by saying that.

I'm sure there's an appropriate xkcd that applies to this, but I'm at a loss as to which one to post.

I don't think kids today get it.  Reading comic strips in the newspaper was something I very much looked forward to while growing up.  We didn't have the internet and we often didn't even turn the TV on.  Sunday comics were the best.  They were in color and big.  The paper I grew up with always had Hagar the Horrible on the top front of the comics section on Sundays.  If there was one I particularly liked I'd even grab some scissors and cut it out.

There were even non-funny dramatic soap opera type comic strips.  I can't even remember which one it was, but I started following one of them when I was about 10 or some age like that.   Watching a story unfold at the rate of 4 frames a day was kind of interesting.

ahhh - simpler times.  I don't think anyone gets a paper delivered anymore.  A couple of years ago, one paper that isn't even based in the town where I lived started throwing their rag on my doorstep.   I called them up and told them to stop. As a bonus, I live in a townhome and didn't tell them what unit so I think they stopped delivering it to everyone.  They certainly didn't have the selection of comics I grew up with.  I don't think they even had any.  At the height of the comic and newspaper business, my hometown newspaper was up to 3 pages worth of shiat I would now have to put on glasses to even read.

Yeah - get off my lawn - and take the newspaper with you.
 
2013-07-10 01:44:27 AM

Conservative Humor: FloydA: Oh come on, you just made that up, didn't you?  That's not a real thing.

Why must people always act like I don't exist?


Act like who doesn't exist?
 
2013-07-10 02:03:54 AM

jso2897: Act like who doesn't exist?


Sigh.

A guy is visiting San Francisco, and walks into a small store in Chinatown.

He notices a small bronze statue of a rat.

He asks the owner "how much", and the owner replies "$50 for the bronze rat, and $1000 for the story behind it."

The guy says, "forget the story", and buys the rat.

As he's walking down the street he notices two live rats following him. As he continues to walk, more rats start following him.

He starts to get a little concerned, and heads for the waterfront. By the time he gets there there are thousands and thousands of rats following him.

He walks up to the end of the pier and throws the bronze rat into the bay, and the rats all follow and leap off of the pier and drown.

The guy rushes back to the store and walks in. The owner says, "Ah!, so your back for the story".

The guys says, "No, I was wondering if you have any bronze liberals?"
 
2013-07-10 02:09:58 AM

simplicimus: Glad Pogo made. Too bad it's a mostly forgotten comic.



According to the eternal vault of impeccamble accuarcy what is Wikipedia:

In February 2007, Fantagraphics Books announced the publication of a projected 12-volume hardcover series collecting the complete chronological run of daily and full-color Sunday syndicated Pogo strips. The initial volume was originally scheduled to appear in October 2007, but difficulties in obtaining and restoring early source material delayed its publication.

I have the first two, and I have been waiting for decades for them. I assumed Pogo wouldn't even make the list, and then there it was! Right up there with goddam PEANUTS and GARFIELD, Christ what a farking let down. Hooray for KK, though...

But really, including any of the Big Three (Bloom County, Calvin & Hobbes, The Far Side) in a list of the best is like putting my dad on a list of the  ten greatest evil drunken stupid bastards - you really need to give somebody else a chance at the title.
 
2013-07-10 02:20:31 AM

Conservative Humor: jso2897: Act like who doesn't exist?

Sigh.

A guy is visiting San Francisco, and walks into a small store in Chinatown.

He notices a small bronze statue of a rat.

He asks the owner "how much", and the owner replies "$50 for the bronze rat, and $1000 for the story behind it."

The guy says, "forget the story", and buys the rat.

As he's walking down the street he notices two live rats following him. As he continues to walk, more rats start following him.

He starts to get a little concerned, and heads for the waterfront. By the time he gets there there are thousands and thousands of rats following him.

He walks up to the end of the pier and throws the bronze rat into the bay, and the rats all follow and leap off of the pier and drown.

The guy rushes back to the store and walks in. The owner says, "Ah!, so your back for the story".

The guys says, "No, I was wondering if you have any bronze liberals?"


I hope you have a day job.
 
2013-07-10 02:25:06 AM

sdd2000: While I agree mostly with the list a nod needs to also go to the great Bill Maudlin who penned Wilie and Joe during WWII

 [www.awon.org image 300x421]

Bill Mauldin's works have been collected and recently published in two separate volumes. One covers the war, and the second one, post war.
 
2013-07-10 02:25:49 AM
Switch Far Side to #11 and put Bloom County at #2 and the list would be more accurate. Calvin and Hobbes is very solidly #1 and anyone who says otherwise is a doody head.
 
2013-07-10 02:31:13 AM

No one mentioned Dick Tracy? The new artists are excellent.


safr.kingfeatures.com

 
2013-07-10 03:02:23 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-07-10 03:23:00 AM

SirEattonHogg: 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?




Sounds like a porn star name.
 
2013-07-10 03:23:21 AM
Came here to give mad props to Bloom County only to find there's many more who've already done the same.
 
2013-07-10 03:28:03 AM
Paid the cover to get in this thread with the hopes of seeing many Far Side cartoons. Leaving via bouncer.
 
2013-07-10 04:00:30 AM

StoPPeRmobile: SirEattonHogg: 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?

Sounds like a porn star name.


probably related to Liberty Valance

/the point of a gun was the only law that Liberty understood
//yeah, that sounds like porn.
 
2013-07-10 04:36:04 AM

gfid: I'm sure there's an appropriate xkcd that applies to this, but I'm at a loss as to which one to post.


what's strange is nobody has even mentioned xkcd.
 
2013-07-10 05:10:04 AM

Conservative Humor: jso2897: Act like who doesn't exist?

Sigh.

A guy is visiting San Francisco, and walks into a small store in Chinatown.

He notices a small bronze statue of a rat.

He asks the owner "how much", and the owner replies "$50 for the bronze rat, and $1000 for the story behind it."

The guy says, "forget the story", and buys the rat.

As he's walking down the street he notices two live rats following him. As he continues to walk, more rats start following him.

He starts to get a little concerned, and heads for the waterfront. By the time he gets there there are thousands and thousands of rats following him.

He walks up to the end of the pier and throws the bronze rat into the bay, and the rats all follow and leap off of the pier and drown.

The guy rushes back to the store and walks in. The owner says, "Ah!, so your back for the story".

The guys says, "No, I was wondering if you have any bronze liberals?"


I learned it with the punchline "Do you have any bronze lawyers?"
 
2013-07-10 06:04:04 AM

SilentStrider: I would take Peanuts over Far Side and C&H, but thats just me.

And the list needs some love for Pearls Before Swine.


It better be. Peanuts spent 40 years being boring.
 
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