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What on Earth…?

on Feb 4th 2013

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7 Responses to “What on Earth…?”

  1. fuzzmaster Feb 3rd 2013 at 11:33 pm 1

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    I’m assuming the joke is supposed to be that they’re in an unforested prehistory — you know, the one where dinosaurs munched on cacti. Or did B.C. get transferred to modern-day Death Valley?

    But then, if they think the phrase is “can’t see the forest THROUGH the trees,” perhaps it’s the cartoonists who are on another planet.

  2. Kilby Feb 3rd 2013 at 11:48 pm 2

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    B.C. is usually set in a traditional, relatively arid “prehistoric” landscape. Lots of rocks, cliffs, mountains, and caves, just like we all associate with “stone age” society. Trees do occur in the strip (the Midnight Skulker uses one for his costume changes), but forests are almost never seen. The reason is simple: it is much easier to draw a barren wasteland than a lush woodland.

  3. James Pollock Feb 4th 2013 at 12:08 am 3

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    Johnny Hart’s style was particularly sparse, his was a minimalist approach to comic strip design, with backgrounds that often consisted of just a line or two to suggest plains, hills, caves, etc. I can’t recall off the top of my head any time when he drew a “forest”, although, as noted above, the Midnight Skulker changes in a “phone booth” that’s made out of a tree, and sometimes there might have been enough trees around to constitute a “grove”… but forests are complicated things, with a variety of both plants and animals existing at several distinct levels.

  4. PeterW Feb 4th 2013 at 03:05 am 4

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    You’ve discovered a different planet… that isn’t drawn by someone in the Hart family.

  5. Pirk Feb 4th 2013 at 08:30 am 5

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    remember bc is supposedly set in a post apocalyptic earth. Would explain why everything is barren wasteland and the are no trees

  6. AMC Feb 4th 2013 at 12:46 pm 6

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    A post-apocalyptic earth where dinosaurs have apparently re-evolved, even though in Hart’s world, they were not originally a product of evolution . . . .

    BC makes my head hurt. And not in a good way.

  7. Mark in Boston Feb 4th 2013 at 08:02 pm 7

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    Oh, I get it now. It’s like the Peanuts comic strip where Charlie Brown and Lucy are listening to a record of “Old Rocking Chair Got Me”, and Lucy asks “What’s a rocking chair?” and we see the entire living room full of moderne furniture.

    In this one, the dialog SHOULD have been:

    “What’s it mean if you can’t see the forest through the trees?”

    “What’s a forest?”

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