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2013-07-09 09:11:18 PM  
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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


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.
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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:

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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  
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.



/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.

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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:

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...

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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  
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2013-07-09 09:35:20 PM  
Go Funky!
2013-07-09 09:35:21 PM  

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


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.

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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.
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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.

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2013-07-09 09:51:25 PM  
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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.
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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...

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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.
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2013-07-09 10:17:52 PM  

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

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Wow, I'm going to have to go read that whole site now.
2013-07-09 10:20:43 PM  
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2013-07-09 10:24:52 PM  

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That pretty much summed up every Garfield strip I've ever seen
2013-07-09 10:32:16 PM  
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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.
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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.


I'd call them a tie.
2013-07-09 10:37:43 PM  
What? No Dondi?
2013-07-09 10:38:41 PM  
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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  
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2013-07-09 10:43:22 PM  
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/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  

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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.
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