It’s The Economy, Stupid.

Cidu Bill on Mar 6th 2013


Filed in Bill Bickel, Blondie, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor | 18 responses so far

18 Responses to “It’s The Economy, Stupid.”

  1. minorannoyance Mar 6th 2013 at 02:26 am 1

    I’m guessing the attempted joke involves Dagwood thinking the block has its own economic news.

  2. Kilby Mar 6th 2013 at 02:50 am 2

    As Calvin’s dad once said, “Life isn’t fair.
    Calvin: “I know that, what I want to know is why it’s never unfair in my favor.

  3. Kilby Mar 6th 2013 at 02:50 am 3

    P.S. @2: My apologies if the quote isn’t 100% accurate, it would take too much time to find the exact reference.

  4. Powers Mar 6th 2013 at 07:14 am 4

    Right, because the first thing someone does when the economy is going south is look for a new house?

  5. Nebulous Mar 6th 2013 at 07:41 am 5

    @Powers #2: If they find that they can’t afford the payments, YES!
    Selling, even a short sale, is better for your finances than a bankruptcy.

  6. Ian Osmond Mar 6th 2013 at 08:25 am 6

    Dagwood gave up his right to complain about the economy when he gave up his family fortune in order to marry Blondie. He could have been a trust fund baby, but he chose not to be, so I think he should just quit his complaining.

  7. J-L Mar 6th 2013 at 11:21 am 7

    Dagwood is just one of those people/families that feel self-conscious when they aren’t the first family on the block to do something.

    And that something doesn’t have to be reasonable: It could be skydiving, climbing Mount Everest, getting the bomb, or just hearing a juicy piece of gossip.

    (A neighbor “getting the bomb” was the subject of a “Far Side” cartoon once.)

  8. minorannoyance Mar 6th 2013 at 02:49 pm 8

    For the record, has the strip ever mentioned Dagwood’s rich parents (or Blondie’s somewhat progressive businesswoman mother) in several decades? At best we get Dagwood showing the kids an album full of peculiar Bumsteads who don’t sound like rich folk.

    Speaking of forgotten backstories, Fritzi Ritz — drawn as a MILF by the current artists for some years now — seems to be getting a love life as they brought back an old boyfriend, Rollo. Probably not a sex life, since Rollo works for a Catholic rescue mission. But it’s interesting and a little odd, since they’ve touched on such issues dating for single moms and Sluggo’s actual poverty between traditional Nancy gags.

  9. Inkwell Mar 6th 2013 at 03:23 pm 9

    The concept is simple enough, but I’m missing the joke. J-L’s explanation (#7) sounds reasonable enough, but it seems like Dagwood is just exhibiting that trait with no comedic payoff.

  10. Lost in A**2 Mar 6th 2013 at 04:11 pm 10

    Ian, that he chose to make his own way actually gives him *more* right to complain about the economy. After all, if he just cashed the trust-fund checks, the state of the economy wouldn’t matter very much. As it is, the state of the economy can be the difference between eating and not eating.

    As for the comic, he is merely complaining about being out of the loop: nobody never tells him nothing.

  11. Cidu Bill Mar 6th 2013 at 04:16 pm 11

    minorannoyance, isn’t Rollo Nancy’s age? Talk about Ritzi as a MILF!!

  12. Lost in A**2 Mar 6th 2013 at 05:03 pm 12

    According to Wikipedia, which I’m too lazy to link to, the guy’s name is Phil Fumble.

    It has been longer than I care to think about since I read Nancy. Still, perusing the last month or so and reading the Wikipedia article was fun.

  13. Mark in Boston Mar 6th 2013 at 08:09 pm 13

    When Dagwood married Blondie his rich parents cut him off completely. No communication at all.

    In effect it became a totally different strip with a totally different pair of characters. Blondie and Dagwood looked the same but Blondie was no longer a flapper and Dagwood was no longer a spoiled rich kid.

  14. James Pollock Mar 7th 2013 at 02:55 am 14

    It’s supposed to play on the fear we all have that everyone else knows something that we don’t. This fear is the genesis of that dream you keep having where it’s the last day of school and everyone’s taking a test and furiously writing but you don’t even remember what the test is about, much less any of the answers to the questions. HEY, YOU! YES, YOU! PUT SOME PANTS ON! and anyway this is a common fear. It usually has no basis is fact, although it DOES drive paranoid conspiracy nuts, well, paranoid.

  15. Mark in Boston Mar 9th 2013 at 05:47 pm 15

    Are you sure Rollo is Fritzi’s boyfriend? He used to be a curly-haired spoiled rich kid. Phil Fumble was Fritzi’s boyfriend. He was so short he was taller sitting down than standing up.

  16. Elyrest Mar 9th 2013 at 11:08 pm 16

    Sluggo Smith is the boy who is the same age as Nancy.

  17. Cidu Bill Mar 10th 2013 at 12:08 am 17

  18. DPWally Mar 10th 2013 at 11:34 am 18

    During the first panel I figured the rapid turnover of the house across the street had something to do with objectionable neighbors. But that would require a character who’s able to walk into the strip and suggest the Bumsteads are bad neighbors, Blondie probably doesn’t have a character like that. (Or maybe it does. I stopped reading it about 30 years ago, there might be new characters since then. Though not likely.)

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