I didn't entirely get the intended construction of the jokes in the Sunday Bizzaro (Sp??) strip yesterday . ( The strip appars to be not online , as it is a King Features Syndicate strip , who - Gasp !!! - appear to think they're in the comics business to make money , and keep their strips behind a wall . )
The joke was " variations on ' I Love New York ' "...but was the panhandler's shirt supposed to be saying " I Owe New York " ?" I Have Zero , New York " ?
The yokel , in Middle Ages garb...Was his shirt suppost'a mean " I Love York " , as in the English county that New York was indeed named after ??? ( And Prince Charles is now considered the Duke of , if I recall correctly . )
...This started elsewhere , but as for strips carried in our local papers:
The daily Santa Cruz Sentinel carries Bizarro (strip size) and Kidspot (panel puzzle/strip combination) on showbiz/advice puzzle pages .
The carry Alley Oop in the classified ads - Not always on Friday or Saturday .
They carry one editorial cartoon daily , two-four on Saturday and Sunday - seemingly all syndicated , not a local one .
On the dedicated " COMICS " page:
Left column , from top,
Pearls Before Swine
The Brilliant Mind Of Edison Lee @ (boy genius leads normal suburban life - Bernie the Brain , 21st Century ?????)
Freshly Squeezed (a recession-forced three-generation family , inside one house)
The right column:
Non Sequiter (panel-sized)
Argyle Sweater @ (panel-sized) (Far Side , Rhymes With Orange , etc.-type single-gags anthology)
Rhymes With Orange (strip)
F Minus @?? (strip) (as with Argyle , gags anthology)
Peanuts (title says just " PEANUTS " , it's 1998 strips) .
Legend: " @ " mens " New to me before this paper " , I included an explanation or two more for strips I thought might be unfamiliar , the whole thing of (generally) single-panel strips like Non Sequiter and Rhymes With Orange being offered in both panel and strip dimension versions - which means considerably re-arranging the drawing - just weirds me out !!!!!!!!!!!
Baldo appeared to be going around to suggesting that some of the (pretty middle-class , nice house , after all) adult family members might be illegal U.S. residents - Then , may have backed away from that - ??
...Thank you !!!!!!!!!:-)
...Does this mea that , since even in " The Golden Age " of daily strips , Jeff , there were variations in how Sunday strips were presented , that the " true " way - wWich can differ !!! - of that strip will be presented - Assumning suitable reproduction sources , natch ?
My exposure to Sunday strips came post-this era - I wasn't born then !!!!!!!!! - and , mostly involved a tabloid-sized Sunday newspaper which was the junior partner in a major syndicate , the New York Daily News's Sunday edition ( They were then owned by the Chicago Tribune and " their " sybdicate was the Chicago Tribune-New York News syndicate .
I have thought it's possible that , even some strips I enjoyed in full page - Tabloid , remember . - , BLONDIE and MARY PERKINS ON STAGE plus , front- and back-cover-featured ,- Therefore possibly cut off a bit by the logo/any blurbs ? - DICK TRACY and ( The first continuity I ever followed . ) DONDI , respectively...Perhaps with a tabloid part of the top team , Tribune-News strips ght've been designed not to lose anything when printed in Sunday full-page tab , unlike other syndicates' ?????????
I remember Milton Caniff saying that , when he was on Trib-News with TERRY AND THE PIRATES , " The old printers who looked there "'really "'made my strips look good in the Sundays , they had some old tricks " , and I was thinking that those old tricks might've been still in practice into the early Seventies , I recall the old News Sundays having a really nifty appearance , better than many or most I've seen since , though of course the " rapidly middle-aging man's nostalgia " factor can't be completely ignored here .
Actually , that said , I do hope that Cochran might include some lesser-known strips as well , by now , much of the " canon " of American comic strips has been reprinted and , unless he's going to solely cover stuff not ever reprinted or at least recently so , there may be a lot of repitition here , no matter how neat it may be to read them in something like the form and format they were originally intended for .
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