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2013-07-09 04:35:22 PM  
12 votes:
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 11:56:18 PM  
7 votes:
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

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2013-07-09 08:11:08 PM  
7 votes:
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What?  No "Get Fuzzy"????  Sacrilege!
2013-07-09 09:11:34 PM  
4 votes:
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 06:17:11 PM  
4 votes:

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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2013-07-09 05:16:48 PM  
4 votes:
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.
2013-07-09 10:38:41 PM  
3 votes:
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2013-07-09 10:17:06 PM  
3 votes:
If only webcomics were included, we could certainly replace a few of the stragglers on that list.
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2013-07-09 08:30:07 PM  
3 votes:
Pear pimples for hairy fishnuts?
2013-07-09 08:24:54 PM  
3 votes:
All y'all should be enjoying "The Comics Curmudgeon" if you aren't already.
2013-07-09 08:22:11 PM  
3 votes:
Replace Garfield with The Boondocks.
2013-07-09 07:11:33 PM  
3 votes:
Little Nemo in Slumberland should be #1. It influenced many comic strips, including Calvin and Hobbes.

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Never heard of Liberty Meadows.

Dick Tracy should also be on that list.
2013-07-09 06:36:39 PM  
3 votes:
I don't fault the list, but I wish a way could have been found to include Little Nemo.
2013-07-09 05:20:13 PM  
3 votes:
The "Garfield Alone" strip, since the article links to a black and white page you have to hunt through.
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2013-07-09 04:39:00 PM  
3 votes:
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 10:43:22 PM  
2 votes:
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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 10:33:58 PM  
2 votes:
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 10:07:44 PM  
2 votes:
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 08:39:21 PM  
2 votes:
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2013-07-09 08:34:17 PM  
2 votes:
I find their lack of Dilbert disturbing.
2013-07-09 08:19:35 PM  
2 votes:
Glad Pogo made. Too bad it's a mostly forgotten comic.
2013-07-09 08:07:22 PM  
2 votes:
Liberty Meadows.  Really?  Liberty Meadows?

The author of this list is somehow connected to Liberty Meadows.  There is ZERO other explanation.
2013-07-09 06:25:52 PM  
2 votes:

UberDave: Another...

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This is one of my favorites
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Yeah... I know...not Bloom County
2013-07-10 02:01:39 PM  
1 vote:
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 08:16:19 AM  
1 vote:
Got to put in my $0.02 for Rick O'Shay.
2013-07-10 03:02:23 AM  
1 vote:
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2013-07-10 02:31:13 AM  
1 vote:
No one mentioned Dick Tracy? The new artists are excellent.

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2013-07-10 02:25:49 AM  
1 vote:
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 01:23:10 AM  
1 vote:

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 12:38:48 AM  
1 vote:
There is absolutely, positively, NO excuse for Peanuts being any place but number one.
2013-07-10 12:07:59 AM  
1 vote:

jaytkay: List was obviously skewed to omit conservative humor.

I know. No one ever shows me any love.
2013-07-10 12:00:36 AM  
1 vote:

ERNesbitt: Stavr0: Pear pimples for hairy fishnuts?

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2013-07-09 11:45:39 PM  
1 vote:
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 11:40:45 PM  
1 vote:
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2013-07-09 11:37:02 PM  
1 vote:
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List fails without the Zipster.
2013-07-09 11:32:36 PM  
1 vote:
Little Nemo is #1.
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2013-07-09 11:12:38 PM  
1 vote:
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2013-07-09 11:06:47 PM  
1 vote:
meh, amateurs -
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2013-07-09 09:58:05 PM  
1 vote:
Calvin And Hobbes had such a larger range of everything than Far Side.

You guys are crazy...
2013-07-09 09:57:02 PM  
1 vote:
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 09:41:17 PM  
1 vote:
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 09:39:37 PM  
1 vote:
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 09:38:56 PM  
1 vote:
I guess Trots and Bonnie is not considered syndicated because it only appeared in the National Lampoon.
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2013-07-09 09:34:49 PM  
1 vote:
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2013-07-09 09:29:09 PM  
1 vote:
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 09:17:15 PM  
1 vote:
I really don't get the listing of Garfield. I never found him funny.

Heathcliff was better.
2013-07-09 09:14:46 PM  
1 vote:
And lest I forget my all-time favorite:

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2013-07-09 09:12:01 PM  
1 vote:

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 08:59:52 PM  
1 vote:
Liberty Meadows... never heard of it or her

Garfield... the spinoffs and parodies are better.

Replace 'em with...

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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 08:56:28 PM  
1 vote:

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 08:47:44 PM  
1 vote:
for better or worse had it's moments
2013-07-09 08:45:46 PM  
1 vote:
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 08:41:28 PM  
1 vote:
No Dilbert?
2013-07-09 08:35:49 PM  
1 vote:
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.
2013-07-09 08:34:18 PM  
1 vote:
Came here for Little Nemo in Slumberland. Leaving satisfied. And leaving this here.

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2013-07-09 08:31:23 PM  
1 vote:
When I was a kid, I was partial to "Little Annie Fannie" when I could get ahold of it.
2013-07-09 08:27:09 PM  
1 vote:
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2013-07-09 08:23:08 PM  
1 vote:
How am I the first one to post the fake "final" Calvin and Hobbes?

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2013-07-09 08:22:31 PM  
1 vote:
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2013-07-09 08:18:46 PM  
1 vote:
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2013-07-09 08:18:31 PM  
1 vote:
And no one mentioned Hagar the Horrible.
2013-07-09 08:17:58 PM  
1 vote:
This is an outrage!

Peanuts should be #1.
2013-07-09 08:15:15 PM  
1 vote:
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 08:14:47 PM  
1 vote:
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 08:12:17 PM  
1 vote:

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 08:11:15 PM  
1 vote:
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2013-07-09 07:59:46 PM  
1 vote:

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 07:58:50 PM  
1 vote:
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 07:26:28 PM  
1 vote:

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 06:52:08 PM  
1 vote:
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 06:44:26 PM  
1 vote:

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

2013-07-09 06:41:48 PM  
1 vote:

Confabulat: where is ziggy?

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2013-07-09 06:41:12 PM  
1 vote:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: UberDave: Another...

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This is one of my favorites
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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 05:13:09 PM  
1 vote:
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."

2013-07-09 04:34:01 PM  
1 vote:
List fails without that one comic strip with the clever duck who wears a hat and says funny, timely things and Mary Worth.
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