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  1. I didn’t search out the link, but yes, we’ve seen precisely this joke before, but with a slightly different picture. Adam was placed further back and sort of facing away.

  2. @ Olivier – Thanks for digging up the link. That “Rhymes with Orange” comic appeared here at CIDU on March 8th, but I cannot read the date on the strip itself. It looks like it might have been in January, but since it’s King Features, there’s no way to check the archive to make sure.

  3. Curvature line is a little lower, a very short line.

    Once Eve has babies, it’ll probably be more noticeable.

  4. I wonder, do cartoonists read one another’s strips so they can avoid duplications like this? This and the Rhymes With Orange appeared two months apart, so this wasn’t synchronicity.

  5. I wonder, do cartoonists read one another’s strips so they can avoid duplications like this?

    The problem with that would that there are a lot of strips to read. Given the deadlines they’re often working to, I would guess that unintentional duplication would be one of the hazards of the profession. Plus you’d have to to remember that you saw the one from months ago.

  6. I’ve seen a cartoonist forget that he used an idea six months previously and redo pretty much the same joke with different artwork and wording.

  7. “I’ve seen a cartoonist forget that he used an idea six months previously and redo pretty much the same joke with different artwork and wording.”

    I certainly couldn’t argue against that, given how often I post a comic I’d posted a few month earlier and somehow manage to come up with exactly the same subject line both times.

  8. I wonder how many comic artists deliberately reused setups with the assumption no-one would notice. This would be pre-internet, of course. 🙂

  9. Jeff Keane in Family Circle reuses old comics with minor tweaks and/or altered dialog.

  10. It took me years to realize it – sometimes I’m slow – but probably everyone else here already knows that many or perhaps most of Vic Lee’s Pardon My Planet panels are recycled art with new text.

  11. I might be exaggerating the number of PMP recycled images a bit because I so often find myself thinking “That seems awfully familiar.” But here are a couple of recent examples.

    Monday’s strip is a wider version of one from 2016 where the joke is “I may not be an astrologer, but I can already see that our signs are going to be extremely compatible.”

    The same image appeared in 2018 with “I’ve always found your sign to be a good match for me. Mind if I move to the shoulder and merge?”

    Saturday’s is a horizontally compressed version of one which appeared in 2018, in which the man says “I actually know more commands than I respond to,” and the dog think-bubbles, “Yeah, me too.”

    I’ve noticed that a lot of Lee’s images repeat, but here are a few that I’ve seen especially often. Sometimes they’re horizontally flipped, and the colors sometimes change. Now and then he’ll insert a different character.

    I count no fewer than 10 instances of the first one below in my saved strips.

    – Man and woman at a table with wine glasses and a candle, picture on the wall behind

    – Three women at a restaurant table with teacups, arched windows behind

    – Three women at a table with 1 teacup, 2 wine glasses, a simply sketched crowd behind

    – Sad bowed man on sofa with woman, picture on wall behind

    – Patient and doctor, eye chart on left, cabinets and drawers behind doctor on right

    – Woman reading in bed, man in pajamas sitting at foot of bed facing away from her

    I’ve seen some exact reruns, text included, but many comic artists do that.

    I know, I need to get a life.

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