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2013-07-09 04:28:58 PM  
Cannot argue with 1 and 2, though I would have reversed the order.
 
2013-07-09 04:34:01 PM  
List fails without that one comic strip with the clever duck who wears a hat and says funny, timely things and Mary Worth.
 
2013-07-09 04:35:22 PM  
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.
 
2013-07-09 04:39:00 PM  
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
 
2013-07-09 04:47:06 PM  

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


This.
 
2013-07-09 04:50:21 PM  
Site dedicated entirely to lists

Nothing to see here.  Move along, children.  Don't generate the adclicks.
 
2013-07-09 04:52:07 PM  
All 10 are alright. People may argue about the order, but all of them had a cultural impact while they were running. I'm glad he didn't limit when the cartoons ran. Kraft Kat is virtually unknown today, and so is Lil Abner and Pogo. It would be a shame to limit the discussion to only cartoons from the eighties or later.
 
2013-07-09 04:53:04 PM  

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.


This

/at #3, too
//and #1 & 2 should be swapped
 
2013-07-09 05:13:09 PM  
Calvin and Hobbes should be #1 but please just don't mention the raccoon arc...

But at the end, they hug and say, "Don't YOU go anywhere." "Don't worry."

Sonofa...
 
2013-07-09 05:16:48 PM  
Garfield minus Garfield and the Garfield Randomizer breathe life into what was never an actually funny comic.

http://garfieldminusgarfield.net/

http://garfieldrandomizer.tumblr.com/

/full disclosure :  I always read Garfield first when I got the paper at breakfast.
//can't honestly say they were funny, but I liked them.
 
2013-07-09 05:20:13 PM  
The "Garfield Alone" strip, since the article links to a black and white page you have to hunt through.
nowiknow.com
 
2013-07-09 05:27:36 PM  
Mark Trail
i105.photobucket.com
Seriously, man, talking bears.
 
2013-07-09 05:35:06 PM  
i105.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-09 05:48:18 PM  
cdn-www.cracked.com
 
2013-07-09 06:17:11 PM  

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...

s2.postimg.org
 
2013-07-09 06:20:35 PM  
Another...

s23.postimg.org
 
2013-07-09 06:25:52 PM  

UberDave: Another...

[s23.postimg.org image 600x848]


This is one of my favorites
www.kencollier.org
Yeah... I know...not Bloom County
 
2013-07-09 06:34:53 PM  
where is ziggy?
 
2013-07-09 06:36:39 PM  
I don't fault the list, but I wish a way could have been found to include Little Nemo.
 
2013-07-09 06:38:28 PM  

i1123.photobucket.com




One of my all time favorites. I was in that shape the Sunday it was printed.
 
2013-07-09 06:41:12 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: UberDave: Another...

[s23.postimg.org image 600x848]

This is one of my favorites
[www.kencollier.org image 744x515]
Yeah... I know...not Bloom County


I'm chuckling.

I really don't get the listing of Garfield. I never found him funny.
 
2013-07-09 06:41:47 PM  
To add: or even entertaining.
 
2013-07-09 06:41:48 PM  

Confabulat: where is ziggy?


i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-09 06:44:26 PM  

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


Correct.
 
2013-07-09 06:45:43 PM  
What, no Zippy the Pinhead?!
 
2013-07-09 06:50:46 PM  
No Dilbert? Otherwise good list.
 
2013-07-09 06:52:08 PM  
I would take Peanuts over Far Side and C&H, but thats just me.

And the list needs some love for Pearls Before Swine.
 
2013-07-09 06:58:36 PM  
500daysto50.com

I can't contain the laughter.
 
2013-07-09 07:11:33 PM  
Little Nemo in Slumberland should be #1. It influenced many comic strips, including Calvin and Hobbes.

sciencenordic.com

Never heard of Liberty Meadows.

Dick Tracy should also be on that list.
 
2013-07-09 07:26:28 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: [500daysto50.com image 600x185]

I can't contain the laughter.


The writer of that strip, along with all of her relatives, out to 10th cousins and five generations in either direction, should all be sterilized. Worst. Strip. Ever.
 
2013-07-09 07:29:59 PM  

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


Did you see all of them?

i.imgbox.com
 
2013-07-09 07:34:39 PM  
The list sucks without super hero comic strips.

jaypinkerton.com

jaypinkerton.com

jaypinkerton.com
 
2013-07-09 07:36:39 PM  
jaypinkerton.com

jaypinkerton.com

jaypinkerton.com
 
2013-07-09 07:39:08 PM  

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


I agree with that, but as for the rest of the list . . . I mean, Garfield?!?  Really?!?  Garfield is a comic strip for people who find "Family Circus" to be too controversial and cutting-edge and who think of "Mark Trail" as being too fast-paced.
 
2013-07-09 07:58:50 PM  
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.
 
2013-07-09 07:59:46 PM  

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

I agree with that, but as for the rest of the list . . . I mean, Garfield?!?  Really?!?  Garfield is a comic strip for people who find "Family Circus" to be too controversial and cutting-edge and who think of "Mark Trail" as being too fast-paced.


Yeah, I don't recall this golden age when Garfield was edgy that this dude seems to.  It's always been really, really bland.  Oh, Garfield hates Mondays and loves lasagna!  What a stitch!
 
2013-07-09 08:07:22 PM  
Liberty Meadows.  Really?  Liberty Meadows?

The author of this list is somehow connected to Liberty Meadows.  There is ZERO other explanation.
 
2013-07-09 08:08:00 PM  
Never liked Peanuts and only found Garfield occasionally funny.
 
2013-07-09 08:11:08 PM  
dawnpapuga.com
What?  No "Get Fuzzy"????  Sacrilege!
 
2013-07-09 08:11:15 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-07-09 08:12:17 PM  

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


Easily. Far Side was appreciated by all ages while Hobbes tended to be more younger.
 
2013-07-09 08:13:35 PM  
Scanning quickly through the list, I had to do a double take on number 8 because I totally read that as Liberity Mellons.
 
2013-07-09 08:14:47 PM  
I'd say Doonesbury should be higher, but I can't argue with any of the four that are ahead of it (though Pogo only because I just don't know anything about it other than its reputation). I also tend to lean more towards Far Side than C&H, but that's just splitting hairs.

Instead I'll just join the chorus of "Opus instead of Bloom county? WTF?"
 
2013-07-09 08:15:15 PM  
Dilbert is missing.  Peanuts and Garfield were never funny.  Garfield is worse than Family Circus and Cathy and that is really saying something.
 
2013-07-09 08:15:37 PM  
Wow, Garfield and Peanuts? Why don't they go the full nine yards and put Family Circus on the list?
 
2013-07-09 08:16:20 PM  

buntz: Liberty Meadows.  Really?  Liberty Meadows?

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


Go home, Greg Land, you're drunk.
 
2013-07-09 08:17:09 PM  
Buntz I totally agree. Never heard of Liberty whatever. How could that be there and no love for Dennis the Menace 1951-2011
 
2013-07-09 08:17:58 PM  
This is an outrage!

Peanuts should be #1.
 
2013-07-09 08:18:18 PM  
Alarm bells went ring a ding ding for that site.
Can anyone post the list?
 
2013-07-09 08:18:31 PM  
And no one mentioned Hagar the Horrible.
 
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...

[s23.postimg.org image 600x848]

This is one of my favorites
[www.kencollier.org image 744x515]
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.

img.photobucket.com
 
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...

[s2.postimg.org image 825x596]


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
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
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.

i1126.photobucket.com

i1126.photobucket.com

i1126.photobucket.com

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.

img.photobucket.com

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.
 
2013-07-09 09:11:18 PM  
picturesforsadchildren.comwww.mezzacotta.netpicturesforsadchildren.compicturesforsadchildren.compicturesforsadchildren.com
 
2013-07-09 09:11:34 PM  
My top 10, in alphabetical order by artist:

Gordo by Gus Arriola
The Spirit by Will Eisner
Prince Valiant by Hal Foster
Krazy Kat by George Herriman
Tarzan by Burne Hogarth
Little Nemo in Slumberland by Winsor McCay
Hogan's Alley by R.F. Outcault
Flash Gordon by Alex Raymond
Thimble Theatre by Elzie Segar
Polly and her Pals by Cliff Sterrett

There's a reason why comic artists take great honor in the Eisner Awards. Any top ten list without The Spirit is poorly researched.
 
2013-07-09 09:11:51 PM  

somemoron: 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.


I concur with your assessment, except that I like the politics of Doonesbury. W as an empty talking hat, superb!
/oh, and not sure I ever saw 'good' Garfield
 
2013-07-09 09:11:55 PM  
Where is Funky Winkerbean?  WHERE?  That shiat's hilarious!
 
2013-07-09 09:12:01 PM  

Nadie_AZ: MaudlinMutantMollusk: UberDave:

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


I liked Garfield when I was twelve. Along with The Wizard of Id and B.C. I no longer find any of them amusing.
 
2013-07-09 09:12:33 PM  
My Norton blocked a Styx Exploit 6 virus when I clicked on the link...does that count?
 
2013-07-09 09:14:17 PM  

Dave and the Mission: The "Garfield Alone" strip, since the article links to a black and white page you have to hunt through.
[nowiknow.com image 598x1040]


I suspect that episode was inspired by this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8Oc_J1Lu-o  (not safe for tear ducts)
 
2013-07-09 09:14:46 PM  
And lest I forget my all-time favorite:

img200.imageshack.us
 
2013-07-09 09:16:48 PM  

Omahawg: for better or worse had it's moments


FBFW can't be on the list: Not 'murican.   It's Canuckian.

Like the list overall, I collect a fair few of them.  Bloom County still the tops.

/needs a hobby
//ok, this is a hobby
///always 3
 
2013-07-09 09:17:15 PM  
Nadie_AZ:
I really don't get the listing of Garfield. I never found him funny.

Heathcliff was better.
 
2013-07-09 09:22:49 PM  

Dave and the Mission: Garfield minus Garfield and the Garfield Randomizer breathe life into what was never an actually funny comic.

http://garfieldminusgarfield.net/

http://garfieldrandomizer.tumblr.com/

/full disclosure :  I always read Garfield first when I got the paper at breakfast.
//can't honestly say they were funny, but I liked them.


Jim Davies get's huge props for being cool with them and not throwing C+D letters out like Disney would.
 
2013-07-09 09:29:09 PM  
One of the best moments of my life is when I got my seven year-old son the first Calvin and Hobbes book.  At first he didn't know what to make of it.  I had to explain comic strips to him.  After the first page, he didn't speak to me or his mother for two days.  All he did was read the book and giggle.
 
2013-07-09 09:30:39 PM  
Good to see Krazy and Ignatz on the list.  The artwork in the strip is amazing.

Cul De Sac is my favorite modern strip.  Better than Lio, Get Fuzzy, Pearls Before Swine (on the decline for a while), Over the Hedge, etc.

robot6.comicbookresources.com
 
2013-07-09 09:32:10 PM  

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.


I used to read it on his syndications website, but I don't remember what it was called. I have a couple of the monthLy books put out by image.
 
2013-07-09 09:34:43 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...

[s2.postimg.org image 825x596]


Yes, that seemed like a very strange choice. Bloom County was fantastic. Never saw Opus once. Maybe it's even more betterer!
 
2013-07-09 09:34:49 PM  
oi40.tinypic.com
 
2013-07-09 09:35:20 PM  
Go Funky!
 
2013-07-09 09:35:21 PM  

Boris S. Wort: Replace 'em with...

Herman


There is very little in the comic world that annoys me (other than asshole editors putting Doonsbury and FoxNewsDuck in the comic page instead of editorials), but then there is this farking thing. Either he is a master at hiding jokes, or his jokes are so obvious you can actually not see them. Herman actually reliably makes me rage.

i106.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-09 09:36:10 PM  
I would have put Peanuts at number one simply because of its longevity and cultural impact, Far Side at 2 because bizarre humor is my thing, and Calvin and Hobbes at 3 (even though I was never a fan) because of its immense popularity.
 
2013-07-09 09:37:57 PM  

Intrepid00: Gumpus: Cannot argue with 1 and 2, though I would have reversed the order.

Easily. Far Side was appreciated by all ages while Hobbes tended to be more younger.


Not really. Kids never got Far Side.
 
2013-07-09 09:38:56 PM  
I guess Trots and Bonnie is not considered syndicated because it only appeared in the National Lampoon.
comicscomicsmag.com
 
2013-07-09 09:39:37 PM  
If you hit the used book stores, a dying breed no doubt, you may be able to find old collections of Pogo.  I have a number of them and have read more in my Dad's collection.  They are fantastic.  I would put them in the top 3 with Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side.  #4 is Breathed's stuff and #5 is Peanuts.  Peanuts books are ridiculously collectible. I buy them at estate auctions and ebay those suckers for quick profits.
 
2013-07-09 09:41:17 PM  
Well, not the greatest comic strip of all time, and in some ways not really a comic strip, but as a kid I really enjoyed Prince Valiant. Certainly better than Garfield, for example.
 
2013-07-09 09:50:53 PM  
I had this hanging on my fridge for years.

i303.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-09 09:51:25 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-09 09:57:02 PM  
For my money, Bloom County tops them all. It was a HUGE part of my adolecence/teen years and helped to make me a politically astute person who had a broad and yes, cynical view of the world. It was also farking hilarious.

Count me in for the WTF? Club for Opus over BC or even Outland.
 
2013-07-09 09:58:05 PM  
Calvin And Hobbes had such a larger range of everything than Far Side.

You guys are crazy...
 
2013-07-09 10:03:59 PM  

jmsvrsn: I guess Trots and Bonnie is not considered syndicated because it only appeared in the National Lampoon.
[comicscomicsmag.com image 850x601]


Now we're talkin'.
And if we're taking liberties here: Cerebus, ftw.
 
2013-07-09 10:05:00 PM  
Agree with 1 and 2, and the order. Damn close, tho.
In place of a good many others on the list I would have liked to see BC, Wizard of ID and Andy Capp.
 
2013-07-09 10:07:44 PM  
Krazy Kat requires total immersion for a period of weeks before it starts to be magic. It's like 20th century Achewood.
 
2013-07-09 10:12:44 PM  
My opinions are well-represented in this thread.  List fails without Bloom County and Dilbert.  And I'll just leave this here...

chocolatecakemoments.com
 
2013-07-09 10:15:17 PM  
No Snarfquest? I am disappoint.
 
2013-07-09 10:16:42 PM  
No Arlo and Janis?  I am disappoint.
 
2013-07-09 10:17:06 PM  
If only webcomics were included, we could certainly replace a few of the stragglers on that list.
pbfcomics.com
 
2013-07-09 10:17:52 PM  

Tenga: [i253.photobucket.com image 300x356]


my favorite strip of all time
 
2013-07-09 10:20:31 PM  

Dr.Fey: [jaypinkerton.com image 525x166]

[jaypinkerton.com image 525x165]

[jaypinkerton.com image 525x165]


Wow, I'm going to have to go read that whole site now.
 
2013-07-09 10:20:43 PM  
www.platypuscomix.net

www.platypuscomix.net
 
2013-07-09 10:24:52 PM  

Matthew Keene: [picturesforsadchildren.com image 608x176][www.mezzacotta.net image 603x174][picturesforsadchildren.com image 607x176][picturesforsadchildren.com image 611x176][picturesforsadchildren.com image 607x176]


That pretty much summed up every Garfield strip I've ever seen
 
2013-07-09 10:32:16 PM  
www.swamp.com.au
www.swamp.com.au
auspacmedia.com.au
 
2013-07-09 10:33:58 PM  
Either 9 or 10 needs to be replaced by The Boondocks, and Doonesbury needs to be moved at least above Peanuts if not above Pogo in to the 3 hole.

/I have spoken
 
2013-07-09 10:34:08 PM  

noitsnot: When I was a kid, I was partial to "Little Annie Fannie" when I could get ahold of it.


Not bad, but I preferred "Oh, Wicked Wanda" myself.
 
2013-07-09 10:36:30 PM  

dwelling: If only webcomics were included, we could certainly replace a few of the stragglers on that list.
[pbfcomics.com image 850x283]


Hell yeah. I'd like to nominate Penny Arcade and of course Questionable Content.
 
2013-07-09 10:36:44 PM  

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

This.


I'd call them a tie.
 
2013-07-09 10:37:43 PM  
What? No Dondi?
 
2013-07-09 10:38:41 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-09 10:39:52 PM  

Bloom County is my all time favorite. For the old timey strips Thimble Theatre is hard to beat.

 
2013-07-09 10:40:47 PM  
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-07-09 10:43:22 PM  
i.imgur.com

/I shouldn't be TOO shocked they left this one off the list
//bunch of pussies if you ask me!
 
2013-07-09 10:54:20 PM  

Dave and the Mission: The "Garfield Alone" strip, since the article links to a black and white page you have to hunt through.
[nowiknow.com image 598x1040]


that one cant be real..
 
2013-07-09 10:59:12 PM  
[Krazy Kat,Liberty Meadows,Garfield,Li'l Abner,Opus,Doonesbury,Peanuts,Pogo,The Far Side,Calvin and Hobbes]

Speaking only to "best 10" (and not messing with ranking), I would toss LIberty Meadows and Garfield, replacing them with Little Nemo and something else--probably something that was around pre-1960, and perhaps a strip that was not at all political, while exhibiting really nice drawing skills (a la Steve Canyon). Yeah, and probably "Bloom County" rather than "Opus."

/Like so many "best of all time" internet lists, is highly skewed toward recent-ness.
 
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:
i1193.photobucket.com
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
adserver.strangecosmos.com
 
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]
[adserver.strangecosmos.com image 749x286]


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.
[upload.wikimedia.org image 583x767]


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.
 
2013-07-10 07:45:05 AM  
Part of The Far Side fan club here and I would have put it at #1, although the only knock I have on it was that ti spawned numerous imitators that were far inferior.  There was one that started running in our paper after Gary Larson hung 'em up that was just awful - Close to Home.  It didn't help that my dad liked it better, since he never "got" The Far Side but thought this one was hilarious.  John McPherson is functionally retarded and a pathetic copycat.


Also, my father in law loves the series comic Prince Valiant.
 
2013-07-10 08:15:45 AM  
wondermark.com
 
2013-07-10 08:16:19 AM  
Got to put in my $0.02 for Rick O'Shay.
 
2013-07-10 08:19:51 AM  

This text is now purple: 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.


Pearls Before Swine has been on the decline for a few years now.  Same with Get Fuzzy.

I am surprised I am the only person who like Cul De Sac.  Awesome characters, art, and story telling.

Mutts and F Minus are the worst comics strips of all time.
 
2013-07-10 08:22:45 AM  

Tarl3k: How am I the first one to post the fake "final" Calvin and Hobbes?

[www.picpak.net image 768x274]


Wow that is so sad...
 
2013-07-10 08:24:47 AM  

cervier: Tarl3k: How am I the first one to post the fake "final" Calvin and Hobbes?

[www.picpak.net image 768x274]

Wow that is so sad...


I  farking hate that piece of shiat.
 
2013-07-10 08:26:59 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-07-10 08:29:53 AM  
www.lewiscarroll.org
 
2013-07-10 08:32:52 AM  
skateandannoy.com
 
2013-07-10 08:34:07 AM  
 
2013-07-10 08:38:27 AM  
www.oboemotions.com

Okay, I'm done.
 
2013-07-10 09:21:42 AM  
The oldest comic book I have is a 1928 Krazy Kat....in NM/M.
 
2013-07-10 09:27:44 AM  

Dancin_In_Anson: [i1123.photobucket.com image 600x809]


One of my all time favorites. I was in that shape the Sunday it was printed.


Too many to pic from for me...but that one is at the top of the list for sure.
 
2013-07-10 09:31:43 AM  
I don't know where those "Zalgo" comics came from, but they are morbidly fascinating.

/wishes they'd do a reboot of C&H - modern references and all that
 
2013-07-10 09:37:55 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-07-10 09:38:40 AM  
Want (almost) everything from A-Z including gems like Academia Waltz?
 
2013-07-10 10:14:39 AM  

Tarl3k: How am I the first one to post the fake "final" Calvin and Hobbes?

[www.picpak.net image 768x274]


I'd never seen that before. That's the saddest thing I've ever seen.
 
2013-07-10 12:09:39 PM  
I'm inclined to toss out "Garfield" and "Liberty Meadows" and include Bill Griffith's "Zippy" and Jim Unger's "Herman".
 
2013-07-10 12:10:57 PM  
Calvin and Hobbes *
Bloom County *
The Far Side *
Peanuts *
Pogo *
Guindon *
Shoe
Ernie / Piranha Club
Get Fuzzy
Tumbleweeds
Herman
Mutts
Sherman's Lagoon
...and a few others

* Alas, no more.


I get physically ill if I accidentally read more than one panel of Cathy or Garfield. They are the modern version of Nancy.
 
2013-07-10 12:43:30 PM  

Loadmaster: Shoe


I love you.

Loadmaster: Mutts


I hate you.
 
2013-07-10 12:54:30 PM  
So "Liberty Meadows" is just one of those "hot chick and bunch of funky dudes or animals or whatever" webcomics that somehow ended up with a syndication deal at the intersection of print's decline and digital inking's rise?
 
2013-07-10 12:56:17 PM  

poot_rootbeer: So "Liberty Meadows" is just one of those "hot chick and bunch of funky dudes or animals or whatever" webcomics that somehow ended up with a syndication deal at the intersection of print's decline and digital inking's rise?


...yes.
 
2013-07-10 12:59:13 PM  
Zits?

Shermans's Lagoon?

Liberty Meadows got cut from the WaPo. I thought it was pretty good. Kinda over the top with the Jen part, but meh. Cartoons.
 
2013-07-10 01:57:26 PM  

arte1953: No one mentioned Dick Tracy? The new artists are excellent.


[safr.kingfeatures.com image 760x236]


They actually replaced Dick Lochner (who wrote and drew the strip) with Joe Staton (artist) and Mike Curtis (writer; he actually used to be a cop).

I started reading Tracy late in Lochner's run, but grew bored because he would take two or three weeks just to show one scene of action.  Staton and Curtis's run is so much better (better characters and faster pacing) that it's become one of my favorite comic strips.
 
2013-07-10 02:01:39 PM  
Little Nemo should be on the list.  High on the list.
Peanuts should be higher.
I love Liberty Meadows, but I don't think it had the distribution, the influence, or the longevity of the rest of the list, so I was surprised at its inclusion.
Maybe one of the serialized strips other than Doonesbury where the characters age.  I'm thinking Funky Winkerbean or For Better or For Worse.
 
2013-07-10 02:36:42 PM  
Herman
Non-Sequitor
Shoe
Geech
Fox Trot
---daily

Willie n Ethel
Lockhorns
---whenever I remember to look for them

\ tried to post today's Geech
\\ the complexities outside of a copy & paste eluded me
 
2013-07-10 02:54:48 PM  
Does Cul De Sac not run in anyone's newspaper? I feel like I am farking insane.
 
2013-07-10 03:54:26 PM  

Gunny Highway:

Does Cul De Sac not run in anyone's newspaper? I feel like I am farking insane.
I've never seen it in any paper.   Thanks for the examples -- now I know WHY.
 
2013-07-10 04:07:19 PM  

Waldo Pepper:

Needs to be a top 20.

Here's the crux of the matter...  I wouldn't take any OFF that list, but I'd like to see more ON it.

Among them, as previously mentioned...


scatter.files.wordpress.com

 
2013-07-10 04:32:33 PM  
i444.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-10 04:42:17 PM  

exick: Calvin and Hobbes should be #1 but please just don't mention the raccoon arc...

But at the end, they hug and say, "Don't YOU go anywhere." "Don't worry."

Sonofa...


I has cry...
 
2013-07-10 04:48:35 PM  
i.imgur.com

(Edited, for your Fark.)

If the author only ever read this I could forgive him for putting the suck that is Garfield Amalgamated Humor Industries and Clip-Art Supplies on the list, otherwise there are hundreds of comics more worthy than that drivel.
 
2013-07-10 04:57:59 PM  

BMFPitt: I find their lack of Dilbert disturbing.


Dilbert: great narratives, not so great art.  Consistent style, but not intriguing.  It's good... just not exceptional.
 
2013-07-10 05:00:59 PM  

farkinglizardking: 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


Swap Garfield for Foxtrot... right on!  Terrific gifts of exaggeration and fantastic narrative!
 
2013-07-10 06:14:52 PM  

GeneralJim: Gunny Highway: Does Cul De Sac not run in anyone's newspaper? I feel like I am farking insane.I've never seen it in any paper.   Thanks for the examples -- now I know Why


Ouch
 
2013-07-10 06:37:08 PM  
I thought the best newspaper comic strips were long gone, and I've never been happier to be wrong. Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac has it all--intelligence, gentle humor, a delightful way with words, and, most surprising of all, wonderful, wonderful drawings.

Cul de Sac's whimsical take on the world and playful sense of language somehow gets funnier the more times you read it. Four-year-old Alice and her Blisshaven Preschool classmates will ring true to any parent. Doing projects in a cloud of glue and glitter, the little kids manage to reinterpret an otherwise incomprehensible world via their meandering, nonstop chatter. But I think my favorite character is Alice's older brother, Petey. A haunted, controlling milquetoast, he's surely one of the most neurotic kids to appear in comics. These children and their struggles are presented affectionately, and one of the things I like best about Cul de Sac is its natural warmth. Cul de Sac avoids both mawkishness and cynicism and instead finds genuine charm in its loopy appreciation of small events. Very few strips can hit this subtle note.

I also like the nightmarish suburb that the Otterloop ("outer loop") family inhabits: the identical houses crammed in endless rows, the relentless highway traffic strangling the soulless development, the ugly shopping malls, the oppressive parking garages, and sticky-floored restaurants. Like most of us, the family negotiates this modern awfulness as a simple matter of course; the critique appears only in the drawings, where the strip suddenly works on another level.

And oh, those gorgeous drawings! With a mix of rambling looseness, blotchy crudeness, and sheer cartoony grace, Thompson's expressive pen line is the equal of any of cartooning's Old Masters. Thompson has a very sharp eye and a command of technique we almost never see anymore. He reminds us that comics can be more than illustrated gag writing, and that good drawings can bring a comic strip's world to life in countless ways that words cannot. The artwork in Cul de Sac bowls me over. It's a pleasure to study long after the strips are read.
The first fifty pages of this book are taken from the earlier incarnation of Cul de Sac that appeared in the Washington Post Magazine. Here we discover that Thompson has a natural flair for watercolor painting too. At this point, however, I'm not even surprised.

I hope you enjoy Cul de Sac as much as I do. I think you're in for a real treat.

-Bill Watterson, 2008
www.washingtonpost.com

I piece Watterson did to raise money for Thompson who suffer from Parkinson's Disease.

/for what it is worth
 
Ni
2013-07-11 12:55:15 AM  
While I've laughed more at Far Side, I do think that the #1 spot is deserving Calvin and Hobbes.

One of the things that strip did was turn comics into a bigger, better form of art. Comics are, by design, crafted so that they can be split in half or in thirds... look at a normal sunday strip: it's in a 1/3, 1/6, 1/6, 1/3 design. Watterson changed this, and changed it by himself, to allow full use of the space in the most common format. Many papers relented to allow something different in an age-old design. It was only due to the incredible popularity of Calvin & Hobbes that allowed this.

As a result, comics as an entire genre advanced a little bit.

www.oxford-royale.co.uk
 
2013-07-11 03:25:03 AM  

Gunny Highway:

GeneralJim: Gunny Highway: Does Cul De Sac not run in anyone's newspaper? I feel like I am farking insane.

I've never seen it in any paper.

Thanks for the examples -- now I know Why

Ouch


Sorry.  No personal offense intended.  It just looks like the "before" part of an ad for the Famous Cartoonists School.  I was going to go with "Cul De Suck," but I don't HATE it, it just doesn't do anything for me.  But, that's why they call it "personal taste."
 
2013-07-11 06:16:24 AM  

... and another near-forgotten ancient masterpiece:

img.ffffound.com

 
2013-07-11 07:11:49 AM  

GeneralJim: Gunny Highway: GeneralJim: Gunny Highway: Does Cul De Sac not run in anyone's newspaper? I feel like I am farking insane.
I've never seen it in any paper.

Thanks for the examples -- now I know Why

Ouch
Sorry.  No personal offense intended.  It just looks like the "before" part of an ad for the Famous Cartoonists School.  I was going to go with "Cul De Suck," but I don't HATE it, it just doesn't do anything for me.  But, that's why they call it "personal taste."


I was just messing around.  Cant expect everyone to like everything.

GeneralJim: ... and another near-forgotten ancient masterpiece:[img.ffffound.com image 225x273]


What is this?
 
2013-07-11 09:05:09 AM  

Gunny Highway:

What is this?

That, my friend, is the incomparable Cheech Wizard, the cartoon messiah, by the incomparable Vaughn (Frederick) Bodé.

img3i.spoki.tvnet.lv

 
2013-07-11 09:21:42 AM  

GeneralJim: Gunny Highway: What is this?
That, my friend, is the incomparable Cheech Wizard, the cartoon messiah, by the incomparable Vaughn (Frederick) Bodé.

[img3i.spoki.tvnet.lv image 600x681]


Thanks for sharing.  I needed a new strip to work through!

That tree looks very similar to the ones Calvin and Hobbes spend time in.  Thanks again.
 
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