Monday, January 22, 2007

Monday Blues


Sometimes you have to talk about something fun, especially in the dead of winter, when the cold keeps beating at the arthritis in your back. I was browsing through the web and started picking up on old cartoon strips that I've enjoyed. Memories flooded back. I remember my first love: Peanuts. Then, turning to the back of the newspaper later and enjoying the likes of Gil Thorpe, Beetle Bailey, B.C., Marmaduke, Garfield, and Pogo. Then, I discovered Gary Larson, Gary Trudeau, and Watterson's "Calvin and Hobbes".

I love the economy of a well drawn script. The sometimes subtle delivery and the beautiful melding of picture and word. And it wasn't just the stuff in the black and white newspapers, but the single panels of Charles Addams from the New Yorker and Gahan Wilson (my hero) from the pages of Playboy.

So, cheer up...here are a few of my favorites. Copyright infringement? No, merely a tribute. Click on a picture if you want to make it larger.

By the way, the one to the left, the Gahan Wilson cartoon entitled I Think We Won. I want to retitle it: Iraq.

17 comments:

miller580 said...

Boy I needed that. The snowmen car accident was laugh out loud funny. Thanks

SQT said...

Oh, I am such a fan of a good comic strip. Talk about great memories. My grandfather used to send the one's he liked to me in the mail. I have tons of old Peanuts comics and Bloom County was a huge favorite. And the one's where Calvin built the demented snowmen always made me laugh.

Pythia3 said...

I vote for your NEW title, absolutely!

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

First, I am so glad that The Far Side Daily Canendar is back. Second, does anyone miss Bloom County as much as I do?
Finally, I like your title better.

Lucas Pederson said...

Ah yes...comics. I can't pick up a newpaper without turning it over to read the comics first. Great stuff. I love a good chuckle whenever possible.
Yeah. Much better title for that comic.

JR's Thumbprints said...

I never read the comics.

Susan Miller said...

Oh yes, I'm a huge C & H fan and do so love Gary Larson's take on this world. Rusty and I never miss a day of sharing Dilbert.

Great reminder on a Monday. Thanks, Stu.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Calvin and Hobbs remains my favorite strip, but single panel favorite is Larson and Wilson.

SQT, I have purchased comic collections from ebay, buying them in lots, getting first four books of Larson, then a lot of books of Bloom County. It was amazingly cheap and every so often I drag out another of the books and read through it.

Thanks pythia, whimsicalbrainpan, lucas

SQT said...

I need to go back and re-read my bloom county. They are my absolute favorite.

I still have my Richie Rich comics that I got when I was a kid.

Stewart Sternberg said...

jr..you never read comics? I think that is so sad..there are so many good ones out there. You're missing a lot of smiles and chuckles.

Sue, they go well with morning coffee

Danny Tagalog said...

C and H are great and luckily thet are printed in the local paper here. Good to show some positive stuff and laughs at this time.

Wish I had more time to spend on the blog and partake in the open writing assignments. Schedule choc-a-bloc - all the more reason for some cartoon based chuckles...

DesLily said...

I loved calvin and hobbs and like sqt, bloom county..
Did you ever see a strip by Sols, called Snake? That was another favorite of mine, but I don't know many who remember it.

Charles Gramlich said...

The Calvin and Hobbes snowmen cartoons are among my favorite all time. But I love his "writer's Block" best. It shows Calvin putting a big block of wood on his desk and Hobbes asks him what it is. Calvin says it's a writer's block. You put it on your desk and you can't write there.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Ah, writer's block. Thanks for jogging that memory, Charles. I need to find a copy of that to put in my office.

deslily, I think I've read Snake, but I don't remember many of them. Danny, you should try the assignment anyway. I find it takes no more than fifteen twenty minutes,once I have an idea. Brevity is the soul of wit. You can write something as short as a hundred words if it suits you. The goal is to work on POV

SourDad said...

Biologist love Gary Larson so much some of us have started naming organisms after him such as Strigiphilus_garylarsoni. It's a lose that infects owls, but Larson claimed to be honored.

Kate S said...

Oh, whimsicalnbrainpan, I loved Bloom County!

Thanks for the laughs, Stewart.

jedimerc said...

I always loved Calvin and Hobbes... And I miss Bloom County everyday. (and I notice the many Bloom County fans, yay :)

Thanks for the laughs... needed them today.