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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):










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


#5, Charles Addams:


#4, Charles Schulz:


#3, Walt Kelly:


#2, Peter Steiner:


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


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

CIDU you, Red Baron!

Cidu Bill on Aug 11th 2015


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

Comics That Made the Easter Bunny Laugh Out Loud

Cidu Bill on Apr 5th 2015


Filed in Bill Bickel, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Heart of the City, Mark Parisi, Mark Tatulli, Off the Mark, Snoopy, comic strips, comics, humor, lol, peeps | 9 responses so far

Merry Christmas, mein Freund

Cidu Bill on Dec 25th 2013

(If the embedded YouTube isn’t working, click here)

Filed in Bill Bickel, Christmas, Snoopy, YouTube | 3 responses so far


Cidu Bill on Feb 16th 2011


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

Sunday Funnies: LOL February 6

Cidu Bill on Feb 6th 2011

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Filed in Andy Capp, Argyle Sweater, Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, Calvin and Hobbes, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Dilbert, Jackson Pollock, Jimmy Johnson, Mark Parisi, Off the Mark, Pictionary, Scott Hilburn, Snoopy, Wheel of Fortune, art, comic strips, comics, humor, lol, xkcd | 35 responses so far

Snoopy’s Last Flight

Cidu Bill on Aug 29th 2008

Okay, Red Baron shoots him down so it’s his last flight. Bummer. But what’s the joke?

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Pop Culture Shock Therapy, Snoopy, comic strips, comics, humor | 36 responses so far

A Week With Snoopy

Cidu Bill on Jun 11th 2008

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


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