Gary Larson's Far Side Cartoons

The Far Side, by Gary Larson

If there's anyone who can consistently make me laugh, it's Gary Larson and his Far Side cartoons.

Published in syndicated newspapers for 14 years until 1995, Larson's "The Far Side" can still be found on greeting cards, calendars, and in books. His wry and insightful sense of humor appeals to many. A great number of people were disappointed when Larson decided to retire from regular publishing, although his work lives on. Larson enjoys a huge fan base of people who love his jokes.

About Larson Growing Up

He was born in Tacoma, Washington, just south of Seattle, in 1950. Not surprisingly, he had a love for science growing up, which is reflected in many of his cartoons that poke fun at scientists and other educated people. He claims that his older brother "tormented" him, which in turn gave him a unique paranoia. Larson says that the paranoia creeps into his work -- especially his drawings of monsters.

A History of Gary Larson's The Far Side

It didn't take Larson long to get his funny cartoons published. After only a couple of submissions, he had a gig in The Seattle Times, starting in 1979. The original cartoon was published under the title "Nature's Way." Eventually, Larson pitched the cartoon to a San Francisco newspaper, which promoted it for syndication as The Far Side. And, the rest is history . . .

The usual butts of his jokes range from scientists, cows, dinosaurs, dogs, chickens, deer, devils, to, well, regular people. Larson's cartoons are never outwardly political or religious. The biggest controversy he ever stirred up was in relation to a cartoon that he published that referenced the "tramp" Jane Goodall, in a chimpanzee cartoon. Jane Goodall herself found the cartoon funny and was not offended, although her organization had originally demanded a retraction and apology from Larson.

Larson's observations are primarily aimed at the silliness and stupidity of the human race. And with regard to that topic, you can't help but laugh!

Larson is a Comedic Genius

The expressions of Larson's characters are priceless. He captures the annoyed look of a housewife, the terrified look of passengers on a plane, and the goofy look of a simpleton -- all with a few pen strokes. Larson's humorous observations of the mundane details of everyday life, from laundry to childcare, make you laugh out loud because they are so accurate. It's amazing to think that this guy never had art lessons.

Why is Gary Larson so Funny?

Larson has an uncanny ability to take a "what if," outlandish scenario and transform it into a straight-faced offering of life as it would be with talking dogs, walking cows, hunting deer, and aliens. He sometimes positions regular people in these unlikely contexts, and then tops it off with an off-hand observation in the caption.

Larson doesn't rely on puns or other tactics for his jokes. What makes his cartoons so effective is the idea that you are viewing a snapshot of these silly situations.

Why We Love Larson's The Far Side Cartoons

There's simply not enough room in a single Hub to showcase all of the best works of Gary Larson. Many of his cartoons are very well-known, such as the ones featuring what you say to a dog, what a dog hears, and the real reason dinosaurs became extinct. Others may be new treasures that you'll discover in his books or by searching on the internet. My personal favorite way to enjoy Larson's work is with a day-by-day calendar. I get one each year, which allows me the opportunity for a fresh joke each day.

There is much more Gary Larson available on the website below, or search through some of the books referenced on this site. Don't laugh too hard, now!

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

I like the one in which the cat is hang gliding from a kite and a man asks his wife if she gave his striped shirt to the cat. :)


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

LOL - Patty, there are so many great ones. One of my favorites is the huge eye in the side view mirror and the script that says "objects may be closer than they appear"


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C.M. Vanderlinden 8 years ago from Metro Detroit

Steph, this hub is absolutely awesome! Loved learning more about Larson (he never fails to make me laugh, either!) and also loved seeing some of my fave "Far Side" comics again.

I love that Santa one LOL...


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you so much, C.M.!! I found some great ones, too, that I hadn't seen before (the deer in the headlights - LOL). What a terrific guy - I was so disappointed when he stopped publishing.


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Jungle Talk 8 years ago

Wow, these are just super, as are all his cartoons. I especially appreciate knowing more about Mr. Larson. Always enjoyed the cartoons but really didn't know much about the man. It is a shame he quit publishing.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks, Jungle Talk. I'm such a fan, that I almost remember the day as if it was yesterday! Shame, isn't it? What a talent - both drawing and imagination.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

Been a Larson fan for sometime now, great hub.


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sdorrian 8 years ago from Chicago

Great Hub! Gary Larson is a genius! I really miss The Far Side.


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Blogger Mom 8 years ago from Northeast, US

I am such a fan of Gary Larson and I haven't read his stuff in a long time. Thanks for making me laugh...I'm gonna check that website out now. =)


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rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI

I still pull out my Far Side books from time to time. I laugh no matter How many times I read them!


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks everyone - I love the encouragement! So happy to write about a topic that I love so much. Glad you enjoyed the comics and Hub. Steph


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ajcor 8 years ago from NSW. Australia

I have always enjoyed the far side although amazingly (showing my ignorance now so forgive me!) I thought he was an australian! just goes to show how popular he is with everyone - I particularly liked the christmas box in the laundry bag and the knickers in the christmas bag - oh s....!


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Hazok 8 years ago from Malaysia

just look at the cartoons, funny. not so on the dinosaur joke though.


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College politico 8 years ago from Alexandria Virginia

Hillarious!


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AmandaB 8 years ago from Middletown

This is awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing!


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Peter M. Lopez 8 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

Larson rules. I used to use Far Side cartoons in papers I would write while in college, but they gave me a diploma anyway.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

LOL - too funny Peter!


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Junkster 8 years ago from Liverpool, UK

I love Larson's work, I bought the complete far side, two massive tomes I still haven't worked my way through!


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lightheart 8 years ago from Maple Valley

Love the Hub. I too am a huge fan of Larson. When I feel down I go to my local Bartells and read his cards and laugh until tears run down my face. What a brilliant mind.

Thanks for your excellent work.

Lightheart


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nicolexue 8 years ago

I like the cartoon!


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ZEV 8 years ago from Way Out West

I use to look forward to going to work in the mornings, just so I could see that day's Gary Larson page of the calendar. Thanks for article.


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Roderic Aldrich 8 years ago from Northern Vermont

Great hub....Do you remember the one where a panhandler on the sidewalk is asking for a spare armadillo, and a man in a suit is walking by with an armadillo under each arm, and thinking "What do I do, What do I do?"

Larson is the King of thinking outside the box.......

Great job!


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

LOL - that's a funny one Roderic. I have one on my bulletin board right now (above my computer) that has a big rodent driving his car, with a wife sitting next to him (in pearls and glasses of course), and he's yelling at the four kids in the back, saying "Hey, I told you kids to knock it off back there! Or so help me I'll just take this car and drive it off the first cliff I come to." The caption: Lemmings on Vacation.


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quotations 8 years ago from Canada

Thanks for bringing back memories of the Farside. I really miss that comic strip. There have been a lot of imitators since but none as funny.


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johnr54 8 years ago from Texas

After years in corporate America, I cried the first time I saw the one with the dog who has something better to do sitting at the end of the conference room table. I could not believe he published that one.


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Garry Nelson 8 years ago from Hawaii

Hello,

Larson is an example of how genius can be exhibited by any means. Hey, they are just cartoons. Or are they?

Garry Nelson


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excellasys 8 years ago from US

I gotta admit I loved the farside stuff. I laughed at so many of these. I remember the one showed what a dog heard when you callled talked and called to it and then a cat. The cat's had a blank box above it. Good Job Steph


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Excellasys - so funny about the cat! His humor is priceless. Garry, Quotations and John - thanks for reading and commenting!


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Dale G. Holmes 8 years ago from Brentwood, CA

I love the dinosaur/extinction one! I remember that from when I was younger.


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States

Larson is about the only cartoonist I was ever just really crazy about. His work keeps you rolling and is not controversial in most cases like so many others. There are some today that just border on plain tacky lol. Great hub!

Bonnie


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sligobay 8 years ago from east of the equator

If a picture paints a thousand words, then a cartoon may say even more about the way we are. The captions often seem to limit what they say. I recall being involved in a contest 'once upon a time' where the reader was asked to supply the punchline. It'snot as easy as it looks. great hub. Cheers


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ArtsApart 8 years ago from N Devon

I have to confess to being a larson lover myself, thanks for the giggle!


Rey Marz 8 years ago

I once heard an interview with Gary Larson on National Public Radio. He talked about how his first cartoon that generated massive attention was perhaps his strangest. It depicted a cow standing in front of a table, and on the table was an array of misshapen globs of mud and sticks. The caption: "Cow tools."

Larson received so many letters nationwide from people wanting to know what the cartoon meant. At first he was bewildered, thinking he had done something wrong. But it ended up being great publicity. He gained a larger nationwide audience, eager for his next idea.

A fun article!


RUTHIE17 8 years ago

You provided a laugh for me today! Love Far Side! Love the one with the boy pushing on the door to the school. Big sign on the door says Pull. Caption:

MIDVALE SCHOOL FOR THE GIFTED


RUTHIE17 8 years ago

Got curious about Far Side and went poking around on the net and found this:

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:I'm walking a fine line here. On the one hand, I confess to finding it quite flattering that some of my fans have created web sites displaying and / or distributing my work on the Internet. And, on the other, I'm struggling to find the words that convincingly but sensitively persuade these Far Side enthusiasts to "cease and desist" before they have to read these words from some lawyer. What impact this unauthorized use has had (and is having) in tangible terms is, naturally, of great concern to my publishers and therefore to me -- but it's not the focus of this letter. My effort here is to try and speak to the intangible impact, the emotional cost to me, personally, of seeing my work collected, digitized, and offered up in cyberspace beyond my control. Years ago I was having lunch one day with the cartoonist Richard Guindon, and the subject came up how neither one of us ever solicited or accepted ideas from others. But, until Richard summed it up quite neatly, I never really understood my own aversions to doing this: "It's like having someone else write in your diary," he said. And how true that statement rang with me. In effect, we drew cartoons that we hoped would be entertaining or, at the very least, not boring; but regardless, they would always come from an intensely personal, and therefore original perspective. To attempt to be "funny" is a very scary, risk-laden proposition. (Ask any stand-up comic who has ever "bombed "on stage.) But if there was ever an axiom to follow in this business, it would be this: be honest to yourself and -- most important -- respect your audience. So, in a nutshell (probably an unfortunate choice of words for me), I only ask that this respect be returned, and the way for anyone to do that is to please, please refrain from putting The Far Side out on the Internet. These cartoons are my "children," of sorts, and like a parent, I'm concerned about where they go at night without telling me. And, seeing them at someone's web site is like getting the call at 2:00 a.m. that goes, "Uh, Dad, you're not going to like this much, but guess where I am. " I hope my explanation helps you to understand the importance this has for me, personally, and why I'm making this request. Please send my "kids" home. I'll be eternally grateful.

Most respectfully,

Gary Larson

You have our most sincere apologies, Gary. Sorry about that whole "kidnapping your kids" thing. It won't happen again.

It was on a site called COMIC MIX.COM. Seems that they had published a cartoon as a tribute and the next thing they knew this showed up.

Hope this doesn't happen to your page! Just thought I'd let you know what I found.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Ruthie - Hmm.... I just took a look at that site. We'll see what happens, I guess. I believe that this hub is different than that website, however, because it was written not just to showcase the cartoons, but to discuss Mr. Larson's background, his sense of humor and other aspects of The Far Side. All of the cartoons were found on the Internet (fortunately or unfortunately....) so it seems as though the proverbial cow is out of the barn. I'll bet there is a funny Larson cartoon in that one! Nonetheless, one can appreciate Mr. Larson's concerns, most definitely! Thank you for reading my hub and commenting!


RUTHIE17 8 years ago

You're welcome and thank you for joining my fan club!


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LiamBean 8 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

My favorite was the two gorillas dancing and the one says to the other "Actually, I said I wanted a mango."


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

LiamBean - that one is hilarious! So many good ones to choose from. LOL!


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mroconnell 8 years ago from France

Some real classics in this!


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kari dean 8 years ago

These are classics! I have always enjoyed Larson's work, wonder what it would take to get him out of retirement?

Kari Dean


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About-The-Home 8 years ago

Hi Steph

This is funny!

Just wondered - Are there any copyright issues in doing something like this?

GerryM


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Jykeith Comal 8 years ago from Cincinnati OH

how do you post a comment?


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

You just did! :-)


fan 8 years ago

My favorite, the Devil's secretary on the intercom: There's another salesman here, sir. Shalll I tell him to go to heaven?


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

LOL, fan! He always did a great job with the Heaven and Hell cartoons.


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Ms Chievous 8 years ago from Wv

This was great!!  Now where are the Bloom County and Calvin and Hobbs hubpages?!


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Ms Chievous, there is a Calvin and Hobbs Hubpage - go up to the top of the comments and you'll see an arrow directing you to it! Bloom County - still need to work on that one! Thanks for the comment!


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monitor 8 years ago from The world.

I like the tips on dog training. As always great work

Mon.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Mon! That one is hilarious, isn't it!


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Veronica 8 years ago from NY

I remember site postings and notes like that shared by Ruthie from Gary Larson, to websites giving him full credit and praise and showcased or linked his work. It's called free advertising, and fanmail. And I completely stopped reading Larson comics after learning his reactions. I remember reading he sued a site that published a cartoon of his without his permission, even with the proper credit, respect and fanfare.

I'm a writer, and I am hyper about being plagiarized and about the venues in which my work is shown. I understand people can be very strange and possessive about their work, their "children". But come on. I really think Larson's behavior is sad. Such a shame. It ruined his appeal for me. I never read him anymore because of it.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Right Veronica! This is great PR for him. I am selling books for him and continuing his legacy. This is one of my best trafficked hubs. I am not saying that I drew these cartoons. I am telling people about the man and his work. Thanks for the comment. Steph


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Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I wish someone would pick up my writings and drawings and publicize them on the web in a positive venue...for free.  But, sigh, I am not Gary Larson.  Although I do understand, sort of, his protecting his children, so to speak.

I was surprised to hear that Larson made his debut only in 1979.  It seems as though he has been with me for more years than that.

To that testimony, I offer a teeshirt that I bought for my daughter in her grade school years.  It is a Larson cartoon featuring a classroom full of students and a teacher.  One student says, simply, *Mr. Osborne, may I be excused?  My brain is full.*  I don't know how it happened, but this teeshirt I bought for my now grown daughter is in my closet, and I wear it.

Go Gary!

Wonderful hub, Steph, as always.  Thank you for bringing back such wonderful memories.


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CJStone 8 years ago from Whitstable, UK

Hey, I love Gary Larson too. Surprised that he's retired so young though. I love the idea of getting humour from dark things and paranoia.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks CJStone, it surprised me too that Larson hung up his hat at the peak of his career. Seems like he probably had a look more material in those "dark places." LOL. Thanks for the comment.


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colin mcdermott 8 years ago from Manchester UK

Awesome!


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rhemken 8 years ago from N California USA

Great Hub... have always been a fan of Gary Larson.

A funny thing happened to me one day. My wife came home from yardsale hopping, her favorite hobby, and gave me a paper back of Far Side comics she had purchased for .25 and it was in excellent condition. I gladly accepted and started right away to look through it for a few laughs. Inside the front cover it was signed by Gary Larson and said "to my friend Bob" I was shocked... guess what my name is!


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Bob - what an amazing story and great find by your wife! I'll bet that Larson book is worth a lot more than .25!! Steph


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aikidk01 8 years ago

Gary Larson is the greatest. I though I had every one of his cartoons but you have displayed a few that I don't have yet. One of my favorites is on your site - What we say to dogs....What dogs hear.

One of my other favorites deals with Professor Schnaebel donning his headset and, for the first time, hearing what dogs are actually saying....hey, hey, heeeeeyyyyyyyyy !!!


JR 8 years ago

How about the Gorilla playing the piano singing "peelings, nothing more than peelings"


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

LOL - that one is great!! I have yet to find a Larson cartoon that I don't think is at least mildly funny. Most of them make me laugh out loud.


Isobell 8 years ago

One of my ALL time favorites is when the Bluebird of Happiness leave and the guy is visited by the Chicken of Depression... ;)


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

LOL - Isobell! I remember that one too. Its a classic. Larson has a great, strange sense of humor


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R. Martin Basso 8 years ago from California

Hi Steph... I'm glad to see that there are other Larson fans in the world... Don't know why or how it took me so long to see this hub, but am glad that I did.

Reid


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Reid - oh yes! I am a total Larson fan! I'm glad that you found the hub... Steph


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

Gary Larson is a talented, smart cartoonist! I love his dog drawings the best. It is too bad that he stopped creating the popular The Far Side cartoons. There are so many classic frames and they always make me laugh.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

@solarshingles- I totally agree! I have been enjoying Gary Larson cartoons for years. He is very clever and smart. His dog cartoons are wonderful and his scientist drawings are very funny! Larson is always good for a laugh! Thanks for commenting - Steph


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Benson Yeung 8 years ago from Hong Kong

thanks steph for the good laughs.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Benson - thank Gary Larson for the laughs! I appreciate the comment.


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mythbuster 8 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

Excellent funnies, stephhicks68 - thanks for sharing with us - Larson fans are coming out of the woodwork now!


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Mythbuster - thanks! Who wouldn't love Gary Larson?? I appreciate the comment.


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Reg Brittain 8 years ago from South Burlington, VT, USA

Nothing beats Gary Larson -- when it comes to cartoons. Love it! My favorite one of all time is one you included -- "What Dogs Hear".


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Reg - I love the "What Dogs Hear" frame! Larson is so smart and funny. Thanks for stopping by.


Wulff Copenhagen 8 years ago

" as witnesses later recalled, the two dogs just waltzed in, grabed the cat, and waltzed right out " The scene is in some kind of dance studio... so Funny ;)

And one that i often tell my friends, is the one with the cowboys sitting around the fire, when one tells his mate "frank, dont do that" when frank sitting around the fire chooses to sit with his legs crossed.. I hope u guys can recall it; )

Thx for making me laugh again, when remembering all the great ones.

/wings stay on, wings fall off.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Oh my gosh! I remember all of those Larson cartoons. The dog one in the dancing school is so funny! And the big, be-speckled kid pulling the wings off of the fly.... HA! No one will forget the cowboy one either. Another classic! Thank you for sharing your Far Side memories. :) Steph


infinitejazzkeys 7 years ago

Hey stephhicks, gj!

Does anybody know the one where the adults walk into the house and one says, "and here are our 1.5 kids" or something like that. And Indeed, watching TV are 1.5 kids . . .

I'm teaching an introductory level statistics class next semester and I wanted to use it as the intro slide in my PP presentation on averages and standard deviation. Anybody know where I can find it?


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi infinitejazzkeys, I love that one!! Gary Larson is indeed a genius he is so funny! Gosh, I don't know if I can find it for your course. I had a very funny Larson comic from a day-by-day calendar my dad gave me 2 years ago, and I cannot find it on the internet. You may want to try to email Larson directly. Good luck!


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ambersmith 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing :)


Maria Bauer 7 years ago

My favorite one is where an old Superman is sitting on his easy chair in the living room and Mrs. Superman is sewing TUPID next to the giant letter S. The caption says. After years of marital bliss, tension enters the Kent household. I have had it for years on my refrigerator.

Maria Bauer East Islip New york


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Maria - that one is so funny! I can exactly picture it in my mind. :)


Jeff 7 years ago

I just found this place...the Farside was more than a cartoon...it was a lifestyle.

As I work in a large format printing shop I've turned my fave into wall art.

The farmers wife bringing in eggs and the chicken bringing out the baby...man, breaks me up every time I look at it.

Thanks for such a great site, hub, place.

Jeff


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Britspence 7 years ago

I apparently have lost one of my Gary Larson books; can anyone tell me which book had the cartoon with the gunfight between a cowboy and an alien? A wit ness said something to the effect " twern't the aliens fault, Sheriff, ol' Jeb? put his hand in one of the alien's orifices and starting yellin' 'Jimmy crack corn' ". I don't why that is funny but I think it is hilarious. Any help in identifying that book would be appreciated. Thanks, Brit


nireisen@yahoo.com 7 years ago

here in Israel we love you :-) Thanks for making me lough


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Hi Folks (I do not know whether this is like the salutation is seen) Many greetings from the old Europe is sending you " Wittgensteinornothing". I am a big fan of Gary Larson, too. His books, which also appear here in Germany, I have all of them. Please excuse my bad school English, my Last English lesson, I had about 1983 . Gary Larson is something for friends of real deep humor. Once again, greetings from Germany.

Wittgensteinornothing

German Translation:

Hallo Leute

(Ich weiß nicht, ob dies die gerne gesehene Anrede ist)

Viele Grüße aus dem alten Europa sendet euch „Wittgensteinodergarnichts“.

Auch ich bin ein großer Fan von Gary Larson. Seine Bücher,

die auch hier in Deutschland erscheinen, habe ich alle.

Bitte entschuldigt mein schlechtes Schul-Englisch, meine

letzte Englisch-Lektion hatte ich ungefähr 1983.

Gary Larson ist etwas für Freunde wirklichen, tiefen Humors.

Nochmals Grüße aus Deutschland.

Wittgensteinodergarnichts


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Ashley Joy 7 years ago

Gary Larson's work is so funny. I really do not think that I have seen a bad cartoon that he has done. Plus most of the time it is stuff that has crossed everyone's mind at least once just not in such a funny way.


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Ashley - I agree. Gary Larson has created so many classics... and all of his work is funny! Stephanie


texaspreppie 7 years ago

What font does Gary Larson use in The Far Side?


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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

I love Gary Larson! Great hub, I can't believe i missed this before.


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

So glad you found it! Thanks for the support. Steph


Duane Kraft 7 years ago

They are ALL GREAT - How about the dogs on the bus with the windows open? and the dog with the hose in his mouth to run around with the gang!! and so on and so on.

I knew Gary's dad, Vern, well - he gave nis sense of Humor to Gary.


murfman 7 years ago

we need to start exchanging books


Bloomy 7 years ago

Sweet. Just sweet. :)


ToughDiamond 7 years ago

It's sad that Gary is so against his material being in the public domain. Especially considering that the Lone Ranger cartoon owes a lot more than a passing nod to a gag that was doing the rounds in the 1960s.


Tbuff38 7 years ago

I remember the one where there is someone (a woman I think) driving a car with a large bee (human size) in the back seat. The caption read something like. " there's a bee in the car but I'm not gonna panic"


Tami_Tamiris@hotmail.com 7 years ago

Very Good ;D


GoodHart 7 years ago

The very first one I was introduced to, is still my favorite. Two Bucks are standing near a mail box, the one reading a letter he just got, and he says something like:

"Darn ! I just got a John Deer letter!"

I nearly fell out when I read that!


Hugh Johnson 7 years ago

Great job!

Maybe you can help. I'm looking for on Far Side circa 2001 that shows someone jumping from a burning building into a net and bouncing into a burning building next door.


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Christopher Dapo 7 years ago from Havelock, NC

Far Side Rulez! Gary had always stunned me with his genius!


David Leonhardt 7 years ago

Hahaha. I have seen most of them before...some of his better ones. It's always what would happen if reality were the other way around (which it just might be).


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Ha ha! David... I could search all day through bookstores and newspaper archives. My favorite source actually is the day-by-day calendars. I still come up with Gary Larson cartoons I've never seen before!


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LiamBean 7 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

I especially like the Jane Goodall story.


Don 7 years ago

I think Gary Larson cartoons are his own personal property and if we do read or copy them we have a responsibility to at leat buy one of his books. I have bought 2 and they are great.


THEtHiNg 7 years ago

I just Love Gary Larson's cartoons :) Good site


THEoThErThiiiiiing 7 years ago

I Bought a good Gary Larson book too...


timotee 7 years ago

Beware of Doug! The real end of d.b. cooper and man I love these things! crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside! fan's know.


michel 7 years ago

the full dressed clown and the cop saying "the first thing i`m gonna do is wipe that smile off your face" is sitting on my fridg. for 15 yrs. too cool..also,the cowboy out on the range singing yipe-i-yo and a cow on the side hollers

"yipe-i-yo mamma' i still laugh every time i see it....


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G Miah 7 years ago from Muslim Nation

That Santa one was hilarious! I showed it to colleagues and everyone burst out laughing! Thanks!


Bob Fisher 7 years ago

I remember one I can't find anywhere. The scarecrow is talking to his friend on the kitchen wall phone and says "Hey, I saw that wizard you told me about and he gave me a brain. It sits on the coffee table as we speak". Well as they're speaking, the dog is eating the brain.


lADIES MAN 6 years ago

LOL HAHA LMAO!!!!!!


Fran Fuller 6 years ago

I'm planning to use cartoons (i.e. ask my students to use cartoons) in assignments in a Social Deviance college class this spring. I hit the hub poking around... and, yes, wondering about the copyright laws and practices. My class is pretty much covered under the fair use/educational use/KeepItAppropriatelyReferenced citation rules for class assignments.

So -- to find a post from Gary Lawson himself was a real find! Thanks, Mr. Lawson. Thanks, Stephicks68.

I'll admit I've already mentioned The Far Side in the write-up of the assignment. I realized cartoons are irrevocably culturally based when I spent several years in the '90s trying to explain Far Side cartoons to foreign students!

The central question in the assignment is whether or not cartoons poke fun at deviant groups. I'll know more about this at the end of the semester. Thanks, again! Fran


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dilipchandra12 6 years ago from India


Mike Rich 6 years ago

Can anyone point me to a classic I am looking for? It is a glass bottom boat upside down on the bottom of a river/lake/ocean. People inside under the boat are looking up at fish that are looking down into the boat.

I can't remember the caption but if anyone can email to me that would be tremendous! I am at mrich@hologic.com for the next three weeks, then unemployed (sigh) so the email won't work after that.

Thanks for the help!

Mike


Norm 6 years ago

Stumbled on this site. LOVE the Far Side! My favorite: Clown in a gun shop. Clown thinking to self, as he looks into the gun case, " Laugh at me will they". Too funny!


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

I would agree with many of the postings here that pretty much all of Larson's stuff is absolutely fantastic. I really miss his cartoon's in the paper...

Wondering what it would take to jolt him outta retirement.


thenose 6 years ago

i had 2 fav's---2 bears in a rifle scope; with one of them pointing "shoot him" too funny!

the other one was just classic---a pack of lemmings all jumping off a cliff into the ocean with worried looks--except for one near the back---he had a lifering on and was smiling :P


thenose 6 years ago

Check that! they were ALL my favorites---but I had those 2 in small poster size on my dorm room door for 2 years. thanx for bringing back the memories Steph


Wonderfulworldofcomics 6 years ago

check out these funny comics. hahaha lol.


Woody Chandler 6 years ago

My favorite remains the streetwalker carrot under a streetlight holding out a piece of fruit to a stalk of celery in a US Navy uniform. The captionn read, "Hey, Celery, How about a date?"


Lara Jane 6 years ago

I love your hubpage! Thanks for taking the time to create it!!!


Jerry 6 years ago

Upon returning to work after a near fatal motorcycle wreck, I checked my Farside desk calander for that fateful day and it was a bird smashing into an invisible barrier with the caption "Encounterng your window of vulnerability". How appropriate.


Pat 6 years ago

Was the one with 2 buzzards saying "Patience, hell! Let's kill something!" a Farside? Loved it & can't find it.


sethgkddh 6 years ago

no offence but when I wasa kid i never really liked gary larson


Dallas Hudson 6 years ago

I was in the Navy and was catching flight at O'hare to Italy, and purchased a Far Side booklet to amuse myself while waiting for my flight (this was around 1987). A hot, sexy, lady, around 30, stylish with the power heels and business suit sat beside me. She asked to read my booklet when I put it down and I agreed. She began cackling and guffawing so loudly that I actually got EMBARRASED. Nuns and shit were staring at us and I wanted to crawl under the seat. I gave her the damn book and left gladly when they announced my flight was boarding.


Chrissy 6 years ago

Thelma's curiosity shop is the BEST!!! Especially if ya love cats!! Anyone know where I can find that comic?


xrayguy 6 years ago

Luposlipophobia-I use it in daily conversation


Elchae Kooke is Cool 6 years ago

I think his work is flipping insanely awesomeee!!!!

I love the one with the two nerd boys:- one is pouring the milk in his ceareal and the other is reading the cereal handbook!


Ang 6 years ago

Anyone remember when Noah's ark is sailing away and the unicorns are standing on the shore - damn - they missed the boat! hilarious


Jason 6 years ago

I just did a look around for that claaaaassic "Dinosaurs Smoking" comic and came upon this great site. Nice to here from so many other Gary lover's out there.

One of my all-time favourites: Larry of the Lemurs!! I would laugh so hard every time I so much as glanced at that one.


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Nordy 6 years ago from Canada

I love the one about the two dogs who steal their master's car for a joy ride and write him a note that tells him to 'Stay home. STAY!'. Gotta be my favorite. That, or the one with the two pilots sitting on top of a baby saying 'Let's get this baby off the ground'. Larson would be one of my 3 at a dinner part. Another great hub!


Kerou 6 years ago

Hey there everyone, just thought if you love the great Gary Larson then you might just enjoy my single panel cartoons. I worked really hard on the ideas so i hope you like them. I'm not making anything on them, I just want to get them out there:). They are really worth a look, I swear!


randy lakeland fl 6 years ago

I think my fave is the one with an alien yelling "yeeeeehaaaaaaaa" while flying his space ship wrecklessly at people on a downtown street. I'm still laughing at his cartoons after all this years.


baconluver365 6 years ago

i ADORE the far side series ,and im only 12!this comic is ging to be around for my great to the power of 97 grand kids to see if it has ANYTHING to do with me


Bill Wandel 6 years ago

If you love "the far side" as much as I do please check out my new original online cartoon mixedmedications.com. I think you'll find the humor similar to Gary Larson's in many ways.

So far I'm getting lots of encouragement from the fans of "The Far Side" to keep it going. I update my website twice a week with a new comic. Eventually I will go to daily updates if there is enough interest. Help me get the word out. Thanks!


ED C 6 years ago

Maybe this one has been mentioned before...but its my FAV......The scientist appears to be looking at a shelf full of specimens.....and he's singing "When You Wish upon a Star".......and lo and behold....theres good ol' Jiminy Cricket floating in a FEILD CRICKET specimen bottle.....HAHAHAHAha ZUZU's Petals.....picked by a one-armed man from Istanbul,,,,,the pride of my collection i better stop


Broeheem 6 years ago

Two classics - and it's REAL hard to choose: #1) Two chefs throwing balls at one of those "dunk tank" targets like you would find at the County Fair w/ someone sitting on a platform above a tank of water... except in this one, the water's boiling.... and the victim is a lobster. No caption necessary. #2) A lady sitting in a chair reaches to pet a cat and asks: "Nice siamese... is he friendly"? The hosts are sitting across from her... shredded nearly beyond recognition.


Julesmacsmyth 6 years ago

I agree with xrayguy - luposlipophobia is one of the best, as is cat fud, oh please, oh please...


Rich3124 6 years ago

I was on jury duty back in the very early '80s and on a wall in the waiting room was a cartoon of a cow standing up in the back of a court room full of people saying something like, "OK I confess, I did it. That's right, the cow did it and I'm proud." I thought, thats really great, though weird. Years later, after discovering the Far Side I remembered that cartoon and realized just what it was I had seen that day.


Broeheem 6 years ago

A couple more come to mind.

1) Two extremely old men sitting on a park bench, feeding a gathering of various birds. Caption: " Now you take those big birds, Barnaby. Never eat a thing, just sit and stare". They'e vultures.

2) A king stands in front of a newly-painted guillotine, the front of the head-clamp is painted by a guy in overalls, painters cap and paintbrush - it's adorned with a dancing clown's body. King: "I like it, I like it!".


Burfootbob 6 years ago

School for the gifted.. perfect


dan reynolds 6 years ago

If you like THE FAR SIDE, I invite you to check out my work.


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hot dorkage 6 years ago from Oregon, USA

I like Mrs. Dog with her horn rim specs and hands on hips. Mr. Dog out in the yard with a sheepish expression on his face, and that classic Larson doughnut mouth, drinking from the hose. She says, "Going out with the boys again?"


ED C 6 years ago

The two fierce looking guards atop a castle..."Mom said no sitting on the edge Wayne"..............the one where the Hubby and Wife have a pet alligator,,, and the wife is explaining that they make good pets,,,but the hubby and the gator had to come to an understanding (1/2 of hubby's face was missing)


Shawn 6 years ago

Larson's great, If only he would come out of retirement!

so many funny and wise cartoons from one guy. There's not much around apart from Kerou who might go on to do something, he has some good stuff, if only he'd do more.

Calvin and Hobbes also roll around in awesomeness


SEO Packages 6 years ago

I am such a fan of Gary Larson and I haven't read his stuff in a long time. Thanks for making me laugh...I'm gonna check that website out now. =)


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Iggy Sarducci 6 years ago from Wherever I am now

It just made me smile (and laugh) to read this hub. Obviously this was a well-loved one! Interestingly, I have a Far Side book on my desk right now as I needed a pick-me-up lately. Thanks, Steph.


zisks 6 years ago

mr larson- many thanx for your sideways glances at life which fulfill me in ways you could not perceive. barnyard animals and myself have bonded an affinity- interspecial language without penetration is the way forward


Chuck O 6 years ago

The funniest Gary Larson cartoon I remember is the one where the first picture shows a out-house in the desert, the second shows a horse with a rider in the distance running towards the out-house, and the third shows the horse and rider pulling up to the out-house and the rider is shouting, hurry up Kemosabie, the music is playing. I chuckle out loud every time I think of that one.


jamesat23 6 years ago

My favorite is the astronaut left on the moon and he's reading a note that says, "We waited for you, but..."

Another is the creature from the Black Lagoon heading out of the water and a frog on a lilypad says, "Go get 'em, brother!"


Joel 6 years ago

It's a little known fact that Albert Einstein could've been a pro basketball player (and there he is in old fashioned shorts, taking it to the hoop).


Joel 6 years ago

Hope I can add this - from a great Larson book. You know how sometimes you just don't get one? He would do it to himself - he'd make a cartoon at 2 in the morning and look at it two days later and go huh? Also, he describes incidents where captions were switched in newspapers, making them funnier. And there were misinterpretations - people thought a dog was having sex with a car and complained to newspapers. Book came out in early 90's.


Angie 6 years ago

Gary, you are a Comedy Genius. No one will ever top your work. One of my many absolute favorite is the 2 flies on the window with bunches of dead ones on the sill, with the caption "They're falling like us". Like I said, Genius. Please come back....in these tough times, WE NEED YOU!! Think about it, huh?


robin temple 6 years ago

I love lots. One favourite is the "Man Eaters Anonymous" where among a group of assorted predators, lions, leopards etc, one is standing up and saying "It started with a game warden here, then a tourist there, and it got so bad I was stashing one in the crutch of a tree"

Another is the neanderthal's spelling bee: One neanderthal is standing up saying to neanderthal teacher, "C-A-V-E". Another neanderthal then says to a pal, "Oh sure, he gets CAVE, I'll probably get Australopithecus". Both quite barmy but lovely.


Lillian carrolton 6 years ago

Gary Larson was a hero!!I almost cried when I found put he quit.


Glenn 6 years ago

I hope that a tribute page like this with only a few examples does not offend Mr Larson. Certainly under copyright law this is clearly a mis-use of copyright material if for profit, while if a limited sample is offered for informational reference only the law may not have been broken. But - at the end of the day its also about respecting the artist's wishes AND not breaking the law. I hope Mr Larson has no objection to a forum such as this displaying a few samples to honor his great collection of work. I'm a huge fan. Glenn


Rene  6 years ago

For years, my grocery list has said "Cat Fud" I just can't spell it any other way..... And the huge bee in the back of that lady's car-perfect. Every time I go to the book store I stare longingly at that complete collection! Thank you, Gary Larson, you have given us a priceless gift.


Joel 6 years ago

Hope I can add this - from a great Larson book. You know how sometimes you just don't get one? He would do it to himself - he'd make a cartoon at 2 in the morning and look at it two days later and go huh? Also, he describes incidents where captions were switched in newspapers, making them funnier. And there were misinterpretations - people thought a dog was having sex with a car and complained to newspapers. Book came out in early 90's.


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michael ely 6 years ago from Scotland

Hi Stephhicks68, Great hub, and i really look forward to reading more of your hubs in the near future. Michael.


Janet 6 years ago

Is there any way to ask Gary Larson a question? There is this one cartoon I have always wondered about: A sperm whale and a man are sitting in a booth at a restaurant and it says 'I hear the krill here is excellent'. I have always wondered: is it funny just because a whale is in a restaurant acting like a human - or is it funny because they are talking about how good the krill is and sperm whales are one of the few that don't eat krill! Since they do eat Giant Squid, would it have been more funny if they said that the calamari was excellent? Always been curious about that one.


santa banta jokes 6 years ago

wow what a lovely hub. I really liked it.


Emma Cassidy 5 years ago

Hey I am trying desperately to find this poster that used to hang in my dad's office...I believe it was a far side cartoon of a flock of sheep moving towards the edge of a cliff and there is one amongst them that is saying something cheeky and trying to go against the group...anyone recognize this? If so and you know where I can get a print that would be AMAZZINGGGGGGG


bob ziegler 5 years ago

my favorite is the one where an explorer is tied to a stake and a fire is burning at his feet. natives are dancing around, shaking spears. there are natives sitting and playing instruments, and the caption is "suddenly, throwing the festivities into utter confusion, Ujang begins to play "Stardust". love this one, because stardust is my all time favorite song. thanks, mr. larson! come out of retirement, please?


MsAmelia 5 years ago

Wasn't there one about which would you rather do? Slide down a 50 foot razor blade or suck all of the snot out of a dog's nose? The newspaper clipping died after about 20 some years.


MsAmelia 5 years ago

And then there was "Early Vegetarians Going for the Kill" Should have laminated them before they disintegrated.


frank 1010 5 years ago

My favorite is the two dragons in bed, and one turns away from the other and says, "O, ish! Minty fresh breath!".


moonlightlady339 5 years ago

To Gary Larson. Your cartoons are witty and creative and we all have enjoyed them for years. But your "attitude" makes me "not want" to ever purchase, share, or enjoy anything you've ever done. It's odd, you're a cartoonist with seemingly "no sense of humor".


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina

Gary Larson is the bomb...I miss his work. Forever and a day, he will always be my favorite cartoonist. Great article.


Brainiac2112 5 years ago

"Shhhhhh, the maestro is decomposing."


Steve Jewell 5 years ago

Have loved Gary Larson's work since I was much younger. It blows my mind, Gary is younger than me. He deserves his vacation. Just miss the laughs. Thanks, Gary!

You are truly gifted, as we are to have your works.

jewell@mail.com


mary d 5 years ago

Love you Gary....but I must admit your attitude is disheartening to say the least. I hope I will still laugh at them. I found this website today when I needed a laugh and of course I thought of the Far Side. "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair"...and she's got a huge afro and so, of course, she's making a fact to the effect that she can't let down her hair!....also, love the dachshund making coffee and it says 'how nervous little dogs start their day.!...and

'knowing the lion's preference for red meat, the spamalopes remained calm but wary'....hahaha...we used to clip them out of the newspaper and share them w/each other...


mary d 5 years ago

Oops...regarding the one with "Rapunzel..."...should be she's making a face to the effect that she can't let down her hair!...one of those crazy typos...oh yah, my dad used to always say that "everyone's a little squirrely"...so I suppose that can apply to Gary Larson's eccentricities about his "children" being published, etc.....we still love you Gary.......oh yes, one more....the one from the Dating Game with the snakes and the lady is asking, "Bachelor No. 3: Who would you rather swallow...Mickey Mouse, Speedy Gonzales or Rocky the Flying Squirrel?...And why?"


Andrew L 5 years ago

One favourite has been mentioned "School for the gifted". I have to laugh every time I do it to myself.

Other is my coffee mug "Just plain nuts" - in the shrink's office


chriss taylor 5 years ago

would like to meet Garry and sit down for a while and talk,

chriss new zealand

ChrissJennie@hotmail.com


Josh 5 years ago

I have a friend building a canoe and I'm looking for the comic of the kid building a canoe with the opposing ends upside down. My friends first attempt at canoe building ended in a nice bonfire. I thought this comic would be perfect. If you have it please send to: josht787@mchsi.com. Thanks


mel 5 years ago

There was one "names we give our dogs" shows two people standing on sidewalk w/ dogs at their feet.one says this is rex our new dog, the next picture is 'names dogs give themselves' a dog says ' I am zornorf, the one who comes by night to the neighbors yard...' another says 'i am princess sheewana, barker of great annoyance and daughter of queen la, stainer of persian rug....'. hysterical. Does anyone remember the "Cow Poetry" one ? I haven't been able to find it


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Manna in the wild 5 years ago from Australia

Yup GL rocks.


Carol-Lynn 5 years ago

Incredible cartoons. Looking for his cartoon,"Nature abhors a vacuum"


dale rogers 5 years ago

I'm a fan of a cartoon called Reynolds Unwrapped. I love the Far Side, but I think this one is even better.


Joe B. 5 years ago

No question, one of his best - Broken beakers, a pile of ashes on a burnt desk top, a very surprised boy covered in soot, and feathers everywhere: "God as a kid tries to make a chicken in his room."


Nabeela 5 years ago

Your cartoons are lame and they are seriously not funny lame guy


vonnie  5 years ago

does anyone have a copy of what cows really do (smoking & talking) before they yell "car, car!"

friend can't find it anywhere anymore...

vonnie

rer@esteem@aol.com


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Vonnie Richardson 5 years ago

ALMOST "Manna in the wild!" There was apparently a version where the Cows are SMOKING cigarettes & Talking then the lookout yells "Car!"

Thanks!...The hunt is on!!...where oh where has this version gone?

rer4esteem@aol.com


Danielle 5 years ago

there so funny

i cracked up on all of them


Brett Dale 5 years ago

Looking for gary Larson cartoon where the cow is sitting on a fence and he sayd "If it was electric could I do this?" The farmer is about to switch the switch.

Is this cartoon online anywhere?


Mariane 5 years ago

COW POETRY

oh, yes, do I remember this one..!!! still make me almost cry with laughter..

setting; a nicely decorated living room, lace curtains and all: through the window we see behind a picket fence a rolling hilly landscape - the scene: a spectacled (of course) cow in a flower print dress in front of a group: "Poetry evening" main caption said....The "lady":

"Ah, how I long for green pastures... Ah, how I long for the lush hills... "Damn the electic fence! Damn the electric fence! Damn the electric fence! Thank you."


bill 5 years ago

anyone know the name of the one in the jungle where the explorer has been ripped to shreads and they find his diary and it says something like "having gained the trust of the beast I decide to test it's sense of humor" I believe there is a joy buzzer package or something on the ground ? can't think of what it was called. thanks


wildbill044 5 years ago

the best far side ever- I saw this on a calendar and wish I had kept it.

caption something along the lines of:

What happens when you park your horse in the wrong part of town.

there's a horse tied up outside a saloon. Where one leg should be is a car jack, blocks under another, etc. Someone has stolen the horses legs. OMG- I'm still laughing years later typing this.


Spurwing Plover 5 years ago

How about the


Spurwing Plover 5 years ago

How the CONSTUCTION BIRDS AT LUNCH he seems disapointed he got a worm in his lunch and his long,long lunch box


Jeff Taylor 5 years ago

Gary's brilliant cartoon- 'Dang, its those pesky aliens and they're after the chickens again.'has stayed with me forever conjuring up an image that recently inspired me to write

‘Hey Maybelle! What be that noise? And them bright light? Betta not be them pesky aliens again! Sneak a look out the winder would yer wiman.’

‘Hold on Jethro – hold on, yep, it‘s them alright, and they landed by the chook pen. They be gettin’ out - it’s that ugly one, remember, with just the one eye? And it’s got coupla them two-headed ones with it this time.’

‘Quick, get down wiman. Make like we ain’t home.’

‘Too late Jethro, they seen me. Waved them feeler things.’

‘Dang! Don’t wave back wiman. That be six times in three months. That realtor fella sed nuthin bout bein’ on no flight path when we bought this place. I’m sick of givin’ ’em directions. Mars last time. Jupiter ’n Mercury, times before. Ain’t they got a google. Tell yer what, better not be Saturn, any fool c’n tell them rings. Abusin' our hospitality too, stealin' them chooks.

‘We gonna ask ‘em in again? There be some chow left over from last night.’

‘Whoa wiman. Remember what happened last time. That long slimy one with the skin like gater scales wanted t’ use the bathroom, and you were none too happy. Remember?’

‘Yep, that be right Jethro, it left the seat up.’

‘Wunder if they reckon they be lost agin, or broke down.’

‘They seem t’ be messin’ with the engine, Jethro.’

‘Maybe broke down then.’

‘Looks like an older ship this time, Jethro.’

‘Serves em right then, trippin' about in a rust-bucket. Wunder if they got AA to call – Aliens Association or summit.’

‘They wavin’ them feelers, pointin’ ’em at the engine. Looks like they mighta lost power.’

‘Dang!’Damn their hides! Pesky space ship, roasted me taters real bad last time when they took off. Nuked the dog and stole them chooks. Still, s’pose there be better than the cornfield. Them circles jest bring all them choppers ‘n TV people makin a nuisance.’

‘Think we betta get out there Jethro?’

‘Guess we’ll have to, Maybelle. Bible sez be kind to travellers - even if they be not critters of this world. I’ll get the tractor and m’ tool box. You see if yer c’n find them jump leads.’


Kristin Vaughan 5 years ago

I love The Far Side cartoons. I wish I could find a picture of the one about overcoming phobias while hanging off a building in a phone booth with snakes on your nose!


mal 5 years ago

A clown in a gun shop thinking ' LAUGH AT ME WILL THEY ' best one ever


nickelrocket 5 years ago

"Bummer of a Birthmark, Hal."


Rick London 5 years ago

Thanks for this site. A Far Side exhibit at the Smithsonian back around 1987 was the inspiration for Londons Times Cartoons. Thanks. Rick London


Sir Stewart 5 years ago

That Santa one is doctored. Not only would Larson never have had a cartoon with "oh shit" in it, the font isn't even close to his handwriting. Can't believe no one has pointed this out over the past three years, and that the author didn't notice.


da dog 5 years ago

My all time favorite was the boneless chicken farm!!!! I also loved the one where Mr. Rat is saying to Mrs. Rat, "Clean it up? Clean it up? It's supposed to look like a rat's nest!"


Elizabeth Funnyman 5 years ago

These are so funny. lmfao rolling on the floor launghing in hysterics maybe won't stop until next year or when my voice goes what ever comes first. Ha Ha Ha He He HO HO HO HO HE HE HA Ha


Molly dierks 5 years ago

Hi! I am searching everywhere for one of my favorite Gary Larson cartoons. It is called "Theater of the Gods" and pictures Zeus and some other Greek or Roman gods seated in a movie theater and Atlas (with his giant globe) is moving down one of the aisles to sit directly in front of Zeus, who is not pleased. I am okay with it not being online (and understand that) but was wondering where I could purchase the book that features this cartoon. Thanks! molly.dierks@gmail.com


Bird of Paradise 5 years ago

How about the one about the birds with their pizza and he didn't order stink bugs on his pizza Too birds stink bugs on apizza are like anchovies YYYYEEEYYYUUUCCCKKK


stbear 5 years ago

the companion to 'what dogs hear" is "what cats hear...and the bubble is empty.


Rob B 5 years ago

Two puzzled lions staring at a dear that appears really boxy and square... caption reads 'The Tofudebeast, hoax of the wild!' Brilliant!!!


anomonis 5 years ago

haha


Deb , KY 5 years ago

Two ladies sitting by a campfire roasting hotdogs. one says: "Thank God . . . those blasted crickets stopped chirping" Within the forest that surrounds them. .. all you see is huge hairy feet with long toenails a tall hairy body with long hair arms and hands with long nails LOL Love it.


Stepholophigus 5 years ago

i love the far side


Tony E. 5 years ago

Luposlipaphobia - The fear of being chased around the kitchen table by timber wolves while wearing socks on a newly waxed floor.


Martin Allert 5 years ago

My favourite cartoon is the one, where a chicken is ill lying in bed, the mother comes with a soup and says:

"First - chicken soup is good for the flu and second - it's nobody we know." I LOVE this one! It fits so many situations in life...


Mungirl 5 years ago

My favorite is the cartoon where a guy and a cow are lost at sea on a raft and the cow is sneaking a sip of milk from a glass and the guy notices and yells "you said that you were all empty you stinkin liar!" Hysterical!!!


manu 5 years ago

hahahhahahahahhhahahhaahahahaha


Joel 5 years ago

I don't think there's anything wrong with Mr. Larson's attitude and he has every right in the world to protect his life's work and livelihood. You could say "he's rich, he doesn't need the money, what's he worried about?" But I don't know how rich he really is, or what his situation is and it's none of my business. Making quality art is hard work (Yes, the far side is quality art and it IS hard work), and an artist's copyright is the only thing he or she has to guarantee income from that hard work. How would you feel if you were working at a restaurant and people just started helping themselves to your tip jar? YOu try to say "wait a minute, those are my tips!" but they say "Well it's just sitting out for everyone to see. Why can't I just grab a few bucks. You should share with everyone like in a happy wonderland!" If that was happening to you I don't think you'd be happy. And that's also why I never blamed Metallica for being mad about people downloading free MP3s.


Khefa 5 years ago

Does anyone have the Larson cartoon where the cow is on the operating table, and the surgeon says: "If he doesn't pull through, I have first dibs on the ribs" ?

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Madeline Stacey 5 years ago

"Dear Earl, We waited and waited, but finally decided that...." (Astronaut left behind on Moon reading a letter)

OR "First of all, This is going straight back...And I'll just have a little chat with whoever placed the order" (Satan addressing the newly arrived sitting on benches) Too funny!!!


alex 5 years ago

i like all of them


jeff 5 years ago

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IBRAIM 5 years ago

u guys r sooooooooooooooooooooo funny :)$ ;)


john 5 years ago

my favorite on is the Santa


gered 5 years ago

the far side is awsome


Jayme 5 years ago

As a musician, my favorite is the one where Roger, the percussionist in an orchestra, is holding one cymbal in his hand, waiting for his moment to crash it. He is saying to himself, "I will not screw up....I will not screw up....I will not screw up." The cartoon is entitled, "Roger Screws Up," because, of course, he forgot the other cymbal.


Gigi 5 years ago

Big fans of the Far Side. Often say remember this one... and the next person finishes the cartoon caption. How could I sleep without the Far Side? Impossible. Thank you Gary Larson.


Flu-Bird 5 years ago

THE ONE WHERE SOME GUY IS WASHING HIS CAR AND THERES THIS BIRD SITTING ON A TELEPHONE WIRE OVER HIS HEAD AND SAYING,YOUR MINE ALL MINE


BrummBrumm 4 years ago

By FAR my favorite one is "Remember me Mr Schneider, Kenya 1947..." with elephant Dressed like Bogart standing in the shadows of a building lobby...Unbelievable...


grace 4 years ago

there SO funny!give me more!:)


Spuring Plover 4 years ago

How wabout the one where someone is feeding these birds and one says HEY I KNOW HOW MANY SEEN THAT ALFRED HITCHCOCK MOVIE,THE BIRDS? And some of the birds have their wings raised,Or the one where this guy is standing on the building ledge and this pigeons pushing him off Or the one where this mother with her son are at the pet shop to buy a fish and all the little fishes is black ecept for one which is white the kid is kind of giving this white fish the menecing look and the mother says OK LITTLE AHABE WHICH ONE IS IT GONING TO BE?


haydn roberts. u.k. 4 years ago

gary-the greatest entomologist,nuclear scientist.stock farmer

and understander of animal behaviour ever.everyone bar the goodal foundation understands,including jane goodall.i can never pass a field of grazing cattle again without thinking who was the lookout!or all those folks checking under the bed every night!


The Great Dane 4 years ago

I live in Denmark, so getting my hands on these amazing strips has not been easy... Or at least it wouldn't have been, had my father not loved him as well. I've spent half my childhood going through these...

As a musicsian I remember a couple of strips better than the rest.

1: Percussionist at the back thinking: "Don't screw up, don't screw up, don't screw up!" -tagline: xxxxx screws up. (I can't remember the name)

2: Heaven vs. Hell. "Welcome to heaven, here's your harp."

"Welcome to hell, here's your accordion."


robert paul Aussie 4 years ago

Poodles of the Serengeti. All time favorite!!


crystalsinger 4 years ago

@robert paul Aussie: I've been looking for a print of that for AGES! Does anyone know which collection the Poodles of the Serengeti cartoon appeared? I've been scouring fairs & secondhand bookshops for ages. Preferably a full colour print...


Giraffe Monsoon 4 years ago

My favorite was the the guy walking down the street holding two armadillos, and he sees up ahead a panhandler asking to everyone who passes "spare armadillo? Spare armadillo mam?


Vlad 4 years ago

My favourite Larson Cartoon is that scene, you see two cows hanging by the pawns like MIddle Ages prisoners and a butcher with a hood and a whip looking at them and the caption says: "The truth behind whipped cream"!!! Hilarious!!!


Marjorie 4 years ago

Gary I have been a devoted fan for many years and bought your books and greeting cards--I read your letter and I can empathize with you completely. Our thoughts and ideas are like our children, and I don't mind sharing but I feel violated when they are usurped.


bonnie brauer 4 years ago

No one has mentioned my own faves ~ a nuclear bomb is going off in the back ground while the roaches are circling at their party, and ~ a nuclear bomb is going off in the back ground while Oliver Hardy is saying to Stan Laurel, "Now you've done it!" ~ and at Big Bob's Bowling Balls, Ball Bearings, and Bubble Gum (I think) factory, people are slipping, falling, dropping and spilling EVERYTHING everywhere. I still have that last one.


Patti Ham 4 years ago

What about the one with the cows in a field and they are all talking and smoking when one cow says "CAR" and in the next panel they are all eating grass, or my fav is the one that states a sign "School for the Gifted" and on the door is says pull but a young boy is pushing?

ROLFLMAO!! I LOVE YOU GARY! Too bad you stopped making these. We miss you.


Lu 4 years ago

I sooooo miss Gary Larson's "Far Side"


Tarzan and Jane roflmao 4 years ago

Tarzan is thinking of what to say to Jane:

-I am Tarzan, lord of the jungle. and who might you be?

-You are Jane, queen of the city, and I am Tarzan, Lord of everything within a hundred miles.

hmmmm

He arrives before her

ME TARZAN YOU JANE!!

damn


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

I'm not sure how many comments you actually have here, but all I know is that I had to scroll down for about a minute to get to the comment box, haha

Boy have I been missing some good material from you. I LOVE Larson's humor and it ALWAYS makes me laugh. Great, great job on this-voted up and across! Thanks for sharing.


Wendy 4 years ago

I just found an old page from a Far Side daily calendar from the 90s. Two old guys admiring a gigantic newly felled tree, one of 'em points out a blackened area amoungst the thousands of life-rings, and says See right here, this old tree survived an ancient forest fire.


sreyes 4 years ago

Where can I find the Larson cartoon of two seagulls on a ice float in the Artic?


Iain Lamont 4 years ago

'Just plain nuts!'


Artcuda 4 years ago

I just read Larsons letter and request for ppl to stop passing his stuff around on the net. His ratings just went in the toilet for me. Just like when I met Steve Martin...turned out to be a loser as well. Very sad, as I have All of Gary's books and like to share his stuff. Oh well..just goes to show that sometimes God wraps crap in rose smelling boxes.


Grace 4 years ago

Does anyone have the cartoon about two cowboy frogs in the desert and one says to the other "This is where I want the pond" ?


Rick74 4 years ago

I remember the very first far side cartoon that introduced me to Mr. Larson and his unique brand of humour. In 1990 I was going into my psychology class and on the door was a cartoon of a shy diver pulling his ripcord only to discover it was not a chute but a jack in the box...I just about passed out laughing!


Sheikh Yarbouti 4 years ago

Does anyone recall one of GL's with a guy on a horse and he has steered his horse into hitting a tree head-on (or maybe it was a large cactus in the desert)? The horse's head is collapsed back into its neck--like the front of a car after a collision with, e.g., a telephone pole. And there's a couple of other young guys on horses next to the rider of the damaged horse and one of them (the caption of the cartoon) says, "What are you going to tell your Dad?" When I was 23, I hit a telephone pole with my car and while recovering from that serious accident, I received a get well card from a friend that had that GL cartoon on it. I was really banged up and it hurt horribly to laugh but every time I thought about that card or saw it during my recovery I had to chuckle despite the pain as I planned revenge on my good friend for his very disturbed sense of humor...


Karien Jordaan South Africa 4 years ago

As a teenager I caught on to The Far Side. The dry humour does it for me, wild imagination, and I used to quietly notice lots of opportunities around me to add on to the animal quirks and characters. When I was in my twenties, I still loved his cartoons and living in a commune, someone actually stole one of the comic books from my room -then I stole it back! Recently, I felt frustrated not being able to find a new version at a bookstore but I didn't know he had stopped publishing - after leaving the store I realised I had harassed a young girl unintentionally as I insisted on her ordering more of The "Wild" Side..., those animal cartoons?! (She didn't have a clue about this genre anyway!) hee-hee what a laugh when I realised my mistake, my right-brain was overheating at the time, I suppose. Anyway, i guess re-reading all my books will have to suffice...until Gary grabs his pen again?!


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reagu 4 years ago from Los Angeles

Wow. I actually have seen some of these. Back in college (90s), one of our things-to-do each morning is to read Far Side cartoons.


Dr Deth 4 years ago

Toby vs godzilla GREAT


Daniel Reynolds 4 years ago

If you miss Far SIde, you should check out www.reynoldsunwrapped.com


Ian Elliott 4 years ago

I love them all. Right now I'm chuckling over my memory of the alien who crash lands in front of a shoe store and reports to Galactic Central that he is on a planet called 'Bob's Shoe World.' Meanwhile, the proprietor, probably Bob, is standing outside his store, arms akimbo, and glaring at the alien, only concerned with possible loss of business.


TC JACSON 4 years ago

I STARTED MY OWN CARTOONS .....BECAUSE OF THE FAR SIDE!


bebbie 4 years ago

oAdd Your Comment... From another fan -- my favorite--- a dressed-up dog couple are walking away from a house and she says," We were having such a lovely evening and then you had to go do that on the rug."


Corndoctor Bill 4 years ago

Mr. Larson is genius. one favorite shows a little poodle running for the blocked doggie door where the master says "come on!!!" Another has one deer talking to another with concentric circles on his chest, saying "bummer of a birthmark Hal."


anon 4 years ago

Larson got his degree from WSU in, of course, zoology.


peter 4 years ago

great masterpieces:The Second to Last of theMohicans;Parakeet of the Baskervilles;Custer'sLast View;The Evolution of Modern Man--Check it out


snake 4 years ago

I need "THE HISTORY OF THE SNAKE" anybody out there have a copy of that cartoon


Canuck 4 years ago

I love the one from midaevel times where the soldier mooned his opponent and he took an arrow in the bum.


davidsnip 4 years ago

Why dogs cant fly

anyone know this?


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CJWood71 4 years ago from Florida, USA

The Far Side has always been my favorite cartoon strip. One of my favorites was the one with two pilots looking out a cockpit window and the caption says something along the lines of "never seeing mountain goats standing on a cloud before". Gary Larson was one of the greats. Loved the hub!


kate 4 years ago

i luv the far side


JEFF JOSPH EPPING 4 years ago

GARY...........COME BACK WE MISS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Iseult 4 years ago

Does anybody know if Larson illustrated any novels? I always feel that cartoonists who are as good as he is with details in illustration should be illustrating full-length narratives.


rrizzo@yahoo 3 years ago

My favorites have no,or one, word(s); for instance, a lion(ess?) is lying on a branch of a tree strewn with cameras and bits of clothing; In the background a photographer is snapping a photo.PRICELESS! And the two deer, one with a -scope on itself and pointing to his(?) "buddy".Again, PRICELESS!


Bill Perth Aust. 3 years ago

Unbelievable, helped me get through many night shifts. My favourite is of a diver filming some sharks in a cage made by "Dans discount shark cages"and all the sharks have these cages on them as they have eaten everybody as well as the man lost at sea and hearing a news flash in his rubber life raft that there has been a recall on some faulty made rubber life rafts of the same brand. Hilarious.


Mr Andrew 3 years ago

Gary Larson Fan Club (T.F.S.)

On Facebook ...


Bill 3 years ago

I like the one "Fish rides" with the roller coaster coming up out of the water, and the other one the had 2 delivery trucks crashing one with small flightless birds and the other a truck full of rodents, and the cat is in the house plastered on the front window trying to get out! LOL


bfools@sonic.net 3 years ago

Thanks for this hub. I was going to post his cartoon depicting animal waste management where a bear is watching effluent pouring into a house. His letter is heartfelt and I totally respect that. Thanks


Mitchll1@yahoo.com 3 years ago

Don't think anyone has mentioned my favorite- two cows in clothes sitting in a living room looking at a ringing telephone and one says to the other: "There it goes again and here we sit, with no opposable thumbs!"


Aldo 3 years ago

If anyone is not familiar with Charles Addams, I suggest you find some of his work. Not as scientific, but highly recommended.


Johnny 2 years ago

One of my faves , which I can't find, two guys at the end of their rope crawling on hands and knees through a long, dry desert. Coming the other way is a camel crawling also dying of thirst... one guy says " this is not a good sign."


CAROL 2 years ago

I am looking for the cartoon of the man ejected from his recliner into the wall... I was sure it was Gary Larsons. Does anybody know this one?


Ron 2 years ago

I love the one with the two spiders at the end of a kids slide . one sez to the other, "if we pull this off, we'll eat like kings"


Hi, gang of fans! Ruthie's inclusion of Larson's wishes re his 'children' notwithstanding, can anyone direct me to the one that has two guys in a car, coming up to a kind of stop signing, with, I gues 2 years ago

Hi, gang of fans! Ruthie's inclusion of Larson's wishes re his 'children' notwithstanding, can anyone direct me to the one that has two guys in a car, coming up to a kind of stop sign, with, I guess, the road running out beyond it, and the sign says something like: Turn back. The imagination stops here.

I'll never find my way back here (a Larson lite in that), if you could

direct me, send to: dix@wittenberg.edu ?? Many, many thanks. I've

looked for this cartoon for years! Kent March 15, 2014


Korseimger 2 years ago

I love the flies driving with a maggot on board sign but my favorite is the alligator in court saying "of course I did it in cold blood, I'm a reptile".


Sheila Schollmeier 2 years ago

I would love to get a rerint of a comic you did long ago titled

At Meaneaters Annonymous

I have 14+ yrs sober and bring it on and off to meetings and have always gotten a big laugh. Thankd for that and all the good laughs over the years. Im not sure how long Ive had this but the letters Ive fixed and taped alot of it back together.

There is another joke I have always loved I dont even know if its yours or not I hear it at meetings alot. It starts out with 2 drunks walking along the side of a corn field when one of them spots 2 druggies out in a fishing boat way out in that corn field right away. He says to his drink friend do you think we should tell them they arent going to catch any fish out there in that corn field? Na says the other drunk besides how would we get a boat to get out there?


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londonaccountants 2 years ago from London, UK

Brilliant collection. Thanks for putting this hub together!


Josie 2 years ago

Add Youri am looking for a couple strips. Certainty is dead and spiderweb at bottoomm of slide..we pull this off we eat like kings Comment...


Kerry 2 years ago

In addition to the doctored Santa cartoon, another reason Larson is justified in protecting the uses of his cartoons online: sites sometimes falsely attribute cartoons by other creators to him. See the first one on this site: http://www.cracked.com/funny-4637-the-far-side/


Jeff 24 months ago

Does anyone have a link to The Far Side donut shop cartoon where the Manager can't figure out where all his profits are going ?


mike 23 months ago

the one with the elephant dressed in a trench coat has just knocked on a door; guy opens door and hears the elephant say: "Hello Johnson----remember Kenya 1927? Or the cat is staring alternately at his missing paw and the fish bowl on the table containing a piranha.


ED 22 months ago

I liked when Vern, Chuck, and the Pope went fishing.


Brother Steve 20 months ago

I am looking for the cartoon in which Thousands of clowns have circled the earth. The caption reads . . . "The Bozon layer, protecting earth from the sun's harmful UV rays. If you can direct me to a book or collection in which I might find it, I will be most grateful.


Spurwing Plover 10 months ago

The one where some guy is washing his car a bird is sitting on a wire overhead and saying YOU ARE MINE ALL MINE

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