Sunday Funnies

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  1. Being an old newspaper junkie, I’m curious to know the names of the four newspapers. I assume two of them were the Sac Bee and the Sac Union. What were the others?

    My favorite part of Dick Tracy on Sunday was the “Crime Stoppers” feature. One installment advised having the open part of hangars pointing in, making it easier to scoop up all your clothes in case the house catches on fire. I still do that today.

    • rl crabb says:

      The SF Chron and the Examiner, before they got married (and then divorced). Dick Tracy was one of my faves also. I enjoyed the “Moon Maid” stories that most purists detested. And I’m still waiting for my wrist cell phone.

  2. Steve Frisch says:

    Mine was the Chicago Sun Times as a kid, although I remember getting the Chicago Daily News occasionally on week days because Mike Royko was a columnist there. Getting the Sunday New York Times was a treat, increasing in frequency during the Nixon administration…

  3. Greg Goodknight says:

    We have met the enemy and he is us.

    Even worst than the incredible shrinking of the Sunday comics is the disappearance of good Saturday morning cartoons… not to mention Mr. Wizard if I may date myself further.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-t8PngHgWY

    • Chris Peterson says:

      Clyde Crashcup and Leonardo were great. That’s gre for gre, and ate for ate. (He invented the stand-up bathtub, you know.)
      My favorite Sunday comic strip was Alley Oop. I seldom understood what it meant, but I loved the artwork.

  4. Ken Jones says:

    I read the LA Times and the Sunday comics were the best. We would also get the Long Beach Press Telegram from my grandparents. Of course I didn’t get they funnies until my dad was done with the paper. I do recognize most but not all of the characters. Reminded me of Bazooka Joe and the comic in Bazooka Bubble Gum. Always wanted that space phone they advertised on the comic.

    • TD Pittsford says:

      Fleer’s Double-Bubble had great little tiny comics. I remember one character: Pud. Can’t remember his co-stars but it may have been Nancy. I can still remember the flavor of that first chew. I wish I had the teeth to chew some right now. Of course aside from the teeth, is the part where the bubble pops all over my beard. (Sigh)

  5. Judith Lowry says:

    Terry and the Pirates and Prince Valiant had the most beautiful, enchanting drawings.
    And there was Mary Worth, early chick lit, comic strip style.
    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

    • Greg Goodknight says:

      Mary Worth was a favorite of my co-workers in Santa Barbara in the ’80’s as the toonist was a local and the scenes were local.

      Only the story lines were chic lit 😉

    • TD Pittsford says:

      Judy, I still read Mary Worth to this day and she’s still the same old busybody she’s been for decades, sticking her nose into everybody’s business and doling out unasked for advice like the grandmother many of us wished we had. It’s good to see that some things haven’t changed.

  6. Todd Juvinall says:

    Sad Sack and Beetle Bailey.

  7. Indianapolis Star and then the LA Times. Them were the days.25

  8. Don Baumgart says:

    The Sunday funnies foreshadowed what would happen in underground comix in the sixties when Milton Caniff bailed on his highly popular “Terry and the Pirates” strip to create “Steve Canyon” – which he would OWN.

  9. Greg Goodknight says:

    Then there was Ric O’Shay (with his friend, Hipshot Percussion)

    I remember a sequence in the mid ’70’s that was looking to be coming to a bad end for Ric… poor guy was about to get shot by the bad guy and there was literally no way out. But there was… the next installment had the bad guy, about to pull the trigger, hit by lightening. Then Ric looked up to the sky and there were beams of light shining down on him.

    Yes, God saved Ric.

    I was in college and had a room near the dorm lounge which had an LA Times subscription. All day long there were occasional loud groans punctuating the silence in the dorm as someone would wander in and read the funnies…

  10. Greg Goodknight says:

    Damn. Make that lightning.

  11. Don Baumgart says:

    Joe Palooka!

  12. Greg Goodknight says:

    Mortimer Mouse! Bill the Cat! Opus the Penguin!

    In the good not very old days, Berkeley Breathed had nearly half a page in the SacBee’s Sunday comics for Outland. Other nearly modern comics that were a sufficient reason for buying a newspaper include Calvin & Hobbes and The Far Side.

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