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Favorite Comic Strips

Updated on May 29, 2016
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I'm trapped in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. The golden age of radio, comics, cartoon strips. I love it, I collect it, I feel it...

One Panel Comics

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Family Circus by Bil Keane 04-05-1992Out Our Way by J.R. Williams 12-04-1924Believe It or Not by Ripley Sunday 12-25-1938
Family Circus by Bil Keane 04-05-1992
Family Circus by Bil Keane 04-05-1992 | Source
Out Our Way by J.R. Williams 12-04-1924
Out Our Way by J.R. Williams 12-04-1924 | Source
Believe It or Not by Ripley Sunday 12-25-1938
Believe It or Not by Ripley Sunday 12-25-1938 | Source

Favorite(mine) Comic Strips

Whose favorites? Why mine (of course) and yours (hopefully.)

I'm starting this audience participation program with a few of the cartoon strips I've enjoyed over the years. I hope you enjoy them.

Comic strip = story

A single panel cartoon is like a joke, a one liner; e.g. "Out Our Way" or "Family Circus."

A comic strip is like a monologue, a very short story, because it tells a complete story in a few panels, sometimes a few days. Examples are "Mutt and Jeff" or "Shoe".

A comic strip that has story continuity over time is a serial, an on-going story, a saga, e.g. "Gasoline Alley" or "Prince Valiant" or "Big Sister". A story arc might take weeks to finish and then it's on to a new story arc.

Your Favorite Comic Strips

I'd be delighted to add your suggested "favorites" to this HubPage. Here are the guidelines for additions:

  1. Name your "favorites" suggestion in the Comments section below. One per comment.
  2. The strip must have passed the test of time; been published for years (preferably decades.)
  3. I must have some good images of the strip in my collection (or can readily get them) so I can add your favorite to this article.

Bringing Up Father by George McManus

The star of the strip, Jiggs, wins a sweepstakes. He goes from hod carrier to high society. He still wants to hang with his buds, but wife Maggie wants new upper class friends.

The art in this strip is gorgeous. The inking is precise, sharp, and imaginative. The art deco look of the strip is unique and compelling.

Talk about test of time! This strip was in syndication for 87 years (1913 to 2000.)

Bringing Up Father

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Bringing Up Father by McManus 07-06-1928Bringing Up Father by McManus 01-11-1939Bringing Up Father by McManus 01-19-1940Bringing Up Father by McManus 12-25-1951
Bringing Up Father by McManus 07-06-1928
Bringing Up Father by McManus 07-06-1928 | Source
Bringing Up Father by McManus 01-11-1939
Bringing Up Father by McManus 01-11-1939 | Source
Bringing Up Father by McManus 01-19-1940
Bringing Up Father by McManus 01-19-1940 | Source
Bringing Up Father by McManus 12-25-1951
Bringing Up Father by McManus 12-25-1951 | Source

Propose your cartoon strip favorite in the comments section below.

Shoe by Jeff MacNelly

Newspapermen view politics and life, from a tree, and as birds. A bizarre concept but Jeff MacNelly made it work from 1977 till his death in 2000. The strip continued by a team of Chris Casatt, Gary Brookins, and Jeff's wife Suzie.

Shoe Strips

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03-03-198902-0607-05-200307-16-200309-24-2003
03-03-1989
03-03-1989 | Source
02-06
02-06 | Source
07-05-2003
07-05-2003 | Source
07-16-2003
07-16-2003 | Source
09-24-2003
09-24-2003 | Source

Dick Tracy by Chester Gould

Chester Gould introduced Dick Tracy in 1931, and drew the strip until his retirement in 1977. Max Allen Collins, now a popular mystery writer, teamed with Rick Fletcher to continue the strip. Dick Tracy was noted for his detecting skills and use of technology.

Dick Tracy, Police Detective

Dick Tracy Detects
Dick Tracy Detects | Source

Gasoline Alley by Frank King

See these HubPages to see why its my all time favorite,

Skeezix In Basic Training, WWII

We're In The Army Now...
We're In The Army Now... | Source

Prince Valiant by Hal Foster

Prince Valiant, in the days of King Arthur, is an epic historical tale. Hal Foster sold his idea for an historical adventure comic strip to William Randolph Hearst. Launched in February 1937, and still runs weekly.

Beautify composed and drawn, the strip is noted for detailed renderings and sweeping panoramas. It's a big story told in a big format, at first a full page, and later a half page. The strip is narrated through text captions at the bottom, and sometimes the sides of panels. No comic word balloons used.

Prince Valiant

Reader Favorites

Below are Favorites suggested by HubPage readers. Have a favorite of your own? Leave a comment below.

Reader Favorites

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Bloom County, 12-11-1980
Bloom County, 12-11-1980
Bloom County, 12-11-1980 | Source

What's your favorite comic strip nomination?

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      Jeffrey Yelton 16 months ago from Maryland

      Love it!

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      Infomanian 16 months ago

      Hey catfish33 thanks for the great suggestion. Checkout the 1980 strip I added to represent Bloom County.

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      Jeffrey Yelton 16 months ago from Maryland

      Bloom County, by Berkeley Breathed, which has been revived by the author after a lengthy (too lengthy) absence. Just in time for this wacky Presidential campaign. See it here: https://www.facebook.com/berkeleybreathed/?fref=ts

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      Infomanian 16 months ago

      Ok, so here are some of my favorite comic strips, what are yours? I've saved a place to add some reader favorite comic strips to this articles.