Favorite Comic Strips
One Panel ComicsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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:
- Name your "favorites" suggestion in the Comments section below. One per comment.
- The strip must have passed the test of time; been published for years (preferably decades.)
- 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 FatherClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 StripsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
Gasoline Alley by Frank King
Skeezix In Basic Training, WWII
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.
I received my copy as a terrific gift.
Below are Favorites suggested by HubPage readers. Have a favorite of your own? Leave a comment below.