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The Essential 10

Cidu Bill on Dec 31st 2015

In Autumn of 2015, I asked you to send me your lists of specific comics that are so “essential,” we can assume that most fans of the genre will be familiar with most if not all of them.

Over 60 of you responded, sending me 67 different comics, well over 200 comics in all, most of which got multiple votes. Before I list the top 10 (actually 16 because of a 9-way tie, this is the Close But No Segar list:

Doonebury: “Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!” (which was on my personal list)

Peanuts: “Hold My Hand, Chuck”

Bloom County: “Death Star”

B.C.: “Clams Got Legs!”

James Thurber: “It’s a naïve domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you’ll be amused by its presumption”

Peanuts: “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night” (the original appearance)

And for the statistics-obsessed: Far Side was cited most often, 11 times; James Thurber 8; Calvin and Hobbes 6; The New Yorker (not including James Thurber and Charles Addams) 6; and Charles Addams 5.

And now the winners:

In a 9-way tie for 7th place (top to bottom, Gary Larson’s Far Side, Carl Rose in the New Yorker, James Thurber, Larson again, Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes, BobMankoff in the New Yorker, that Larson guy a couple more times, and Saul Steinberg in the New Yorker):

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And now coming in at #6, from James Thurber:

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#5, Charles Addams:

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#4, Charles Schulz:

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#3, Walt Kelly:

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#2, Peter Steiner:

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And finally from Bill Watterson, published 20 years ago today, voted #1 by a wide margin, and probably the greatest comic strip finale ever:

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Bill Watterson, Bloom County, Bob Mankoff, Calvin and Hobbes, Charles Addams, Charles Rose, Charles Schulz, Charlie Brown, Doonesbury, Essential 10, Far Side, G.B. Trudeau, Gary Larson, James Thurber, New Yorker, Peanuts, Peter Steiner, Pogo, Saul Steinberg, Snoopy, Walt Kelly, comic strips, comics, humor | 52 responses so far

Comics That Might Have Already Made Santa Laugh Out Loud in 2015

Cidu Bill on Dec 25th 2015

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Francesco Marciuliano, Medium Large, New Yorker, Pardon My Planet, Peanuts, Speed Bump, Sunny Street, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 29 responses so far

Old Comics Never Die

Cidu Bill on Oct 22nd 2015

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Anybody remember what the original text was?

This week, Stone Soup joined The Meaning of Tina, Peanuts, FBOFW, Peanuts, Fox Trot, Doonesbury, PreTeena, and Boondocks (which only ran originally for about a week and a half before Aaron McGruder got bored) as daily strips that are no longer being written, but are still running as repeats (or, as they’re euphemistically billed, “classics”).

(quick disclaimers: a couple of these strips still have new Sunday strips, and I’m not sure PreTeena repeats are still running — I deleted it from my bookmarks after the first rerun run completed)

Am I missing any? And are you for or against the practice of repeating old strips instead of replacing them with new strips? Granted, for most of us, who get our comics online, this makes little or no practical difference: but it would be nice, I think, if some new artists rather than Charles Schulz’s estate could make a few bucks.

Filed in Bill Bickel, Boondocks, Doonesbury, For Better and For Worse, Fox Trot, Meaning of Lila, Mutt and Jeff, Peanuts, Pope Francis, Preteena, Stone Soup, comic strips, comics, zombie comics | 37 responses so far

CIDU you, Red Baron!

Cidu Bill on Aug 11th 2015

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Doug Bratton, Peanuts, Pop Culture Shock Therapy, Snoopy, comic strips, comics, humor | 18 responses so far

Comics That Made Santa Laugh Out Loud

Cidu Bill on Dec 21st 2014

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Filed in B.C., Bill Bickel, Christmas, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Cornered, Dave Baldwin, Dave Coverly, Doug Bratton, Lio, Mark Parisi, Mark Tatulli, Off the Mark, Peanuts, Pop Culture Shock Therapy, Santa Claus, Speed Bump, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 20 responses so far

Candy Peanuts

Cidu Bill on Oct 25th 2014

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Filed in Arlo and Janis, Bil Bickel, CIDU, Halloween, Jimmy Johnson, Peanuts, comic strips, comics, humor | 16 responses so far

Good Grief!

Cidu Bill on Sep 17th 2014

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If this had appeared on October 2, it would have made sense as a 64th anniversary tribute (now I’m imagining Charlie Brown, in his halting, phoenetically-spoken voice from the television specials, singing “When I’m 64″ — and it’s not pretty). Since they’re going back to 1952, if this had run on January 6, it would have commemorated the first Sunday strip (1/6/52). But is there any particular point to this running in mid-September?

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Lio, Mark Tatulli, Peanuts, comic strips, comics, humor | 22 responses so far

The LOLs Before Christmas

Cidu Bill on Dec 22nd 2013

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Filed in Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, Christmas, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Cyanide and Happiness, Francesco Marciuliano, Head Case, Jimmy Johnson, Mark Parisi, Medium Large, Off the Mark, Peanuts, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 14 responses so far

Bonus LOLs

Cidu Bill on Jul 8th 2013

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Filed in B.C., Bill Bickel, Bizarro, Catwoman, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Dark Side of the Horse, Head Trip, New Yorker, Peanuts, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, Zach Weiner, lol | 6 responses so far

Peanuts: A Turning Point

Cidu Bill on May 3rd 2013

John Gustafson sent me the link to an interesting article

Filed in Bill Bickel, Charles Schulz, Peanuts, comic strips, comics, humor | 20 responses so far

Because rerun strips are referred to as ”zombie strips”??

Cidu Bill on Apr 4th 2013

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Lio, Mark Tatulli, Peanuts, comic strips, comics, humor, zombies | 33 responses so far

Valentine’s Day Comic That I Found Oddly Sweet

Cidu Bill on Feb 14th 2013

And that made Elyrest LOL:

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Lucy van Pelt, Mark Parisi, Off the Mark, Peanuts, Valentine's Day, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 5 responses so far

Sunday Funnies - LOL September 2, 2012

Cidu Bill on Sep 2nd 2012

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Filed in Adam Huber, Bill Bickel, Bizarro, Brevity, Bug Martini, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Dan Piraro, Doug Bratton, Guy & Rodd, Non Sequitur, Peanuts, Pop Culture Shock Therapy, Wiley Miller, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 13 responses so far

Sunday Funnies - LOL November 20

Cidu Bill on Nov 20th 2011

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Filed in Abstruse Goose, Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, Brevity, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Guy & Rodd, Jimmy Johnson, Peanuts, Star Trek, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 14 responses so far

The scary thing is, somebody will probably post the answer within an hour…

Cidu Bill on Nov 2nd 2011

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Maybe about fifty years ago, Schulz ran a very similar gag in Peanuts; but I can’t remember which two characters were involved. Does anybody recall?

Filed in Bill Bickel, Charles Schulz, Peanuts, comic strips, comics, humor, xkcd | 23 responses so far

In case you thought there was anything even remotely new about this…

Cidu Bill on Oct 12th 2011

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October, 1959

Filed in Bill Bickel, Charles Schulz, Charlie Brown, Christmas, Peanuts, comic strips, comics, humor | 38 responses so far

Hyannis Port

Cidu Bill on Jul 28th 2011

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Charles, Hyannis Port, Peanuts, Schulz, comic strips, comics, humor | 21 responses so far

Paint It Black

Cidu Bill on Mar 22nd 2011

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Speaking of Ad Reinhardt

Filed in Ad Reinhardt, Bill Bickel, Charles Schulz, Peanuts, comic strips, comics, humor | 24 responses so far

Leather

Cidu Bill on Feb 16th 2011

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Peanuts, Snoopy, comic strips, comics, humor | 26 responses so far

Thump?

Cidu Bill on Jan 26th 2011

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Peanuts, comic strips, comics, humor | 25 responses so far

If I Were a…

Cidu Bill on Jun 25th 2009

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Hey Geezers! Comics!, Peanuts, comic strips, comics, humor | 47 responses so far

Moneybags Monday

Cidu Bill on Dec 8th 2008

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Synchronicity noticed by Larry R

Filed in Bill Bickel, Charlie Brown, Monopoly, Mother Goose, Peanuts, comic strips, comics, humor, synchronicity | 8 responses so far

Comics That Made Us Thankful To Be Laughing Out Loud

Cidu Bill on Nov 25th 2008

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Francesco Marciuliano, Medium Large, Peanuts, Reynolds Unwrapped, comic strips, comics, comics that made us laugh out loud, humor, lol, turkeys | 20 responses so far

A Week With Snoopy

Cidu Bill on Jun 11th 2008

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Okay, I understand the Monday and Friday gags; but the rest of them, and the point of the arc itself… not a clue.

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Peanuts, Snoopy, comic strips, comics, humor | 22 responses so far

By the Time We Got to Woodstock…

Cidu Bill on Apr 10th 2008

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Snoopy’s friend Woodstock is a bird. She’s at a bird feeder. Got it. But what’s the joke?

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Moderately Confused, Peanuts, Snoopy, Woodstock, birds, comic strips, comics, humor | 14 responses so far