What was 'The Far Side'?

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  1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
    Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years ago

    What was 'The Far Side'?

    Can you elaborate on that?

  2. sockii profile image79
    sockiiposted 3 years ago

    Let me google that for you...

    "The Far Side is a single-panel comic created by Gary Larson and syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate, which ran from January 1, 1980, to January 1, 1995." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Far_Side

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Nicole. Thanks for answering.

  3. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
    Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years ago

    I knew what it was, Nicole, so I just wanted to see how many remembered it. I could have googled it had I not known. Thanks again.

    My brother and I used to laugh our heads off with those comics. My sister never understood any of it and would get mad at us so we laughed even harder because she was so frustrated over it. She tried, but could never quite get it.

  4. connorj profile image78
    connorjposted 3 years ago

    https://usercontent2.hubstatic.com/12564297_f260.jpg

    Although Nicole's answer is both more correct and more important, to me  the Far Side is a perfect name for a pub. Although I am not currently involved in pub management; I am a professor and psychologist if I do indeed retire perhaps I would want to own a pub called the Far Side; to me it appears to be an excellent name for a pub...

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      It would be an excellent name for a pub, John. I love it !!! Thanks for participating.

  5. FatFreddysCat profile image98
    FatFreddysCatposted 3 years ago

    The Far Side was one of the best single-panel comic strips ever to walk across the American newspaper page and I miss it terribly.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Me, too, Keith. I often wonder how Gary Larsen came up with some of those comic sayings or just a self explanatory picture. One of my favorite was the cow in a "STAMPEDE" wearing a shower cap. And Albert the bull bbq-ing hamburgers.

    2. FatFreddysCat profile image98
      FatFreddysCatposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I used to have a Far Side T-shirt of the two bears, viewed through a hunter's gun sight... the bear on the right was grinning and pointing to his friend as if to say "Shoot him! Shoot him!"

    3. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Gosh, I wish I had the books my brother does - he must have every issue. I remember the two bears one. I go to Bing images to view the cartoons there. So much fun!

  6. WillStarr profile image82
    WillStarrposted 3 years ago

    It was my favorite by far. I used to buy the desk calendar every year! I think you can still get them. Gary Larsen said he was quitting because he ran out of ideas. it was a sad day.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, it was sad, Will. Only three of us got the desk calendars every Christmas. Rest of the family just could not get the humor. Another fav was Calvin and Hobbs. Thanks for participating, Will.

  7. Jodah profile image89
    Jodahposted 3 years ago

    Phyllis, The Far Side is one of my favourite comic strips. I have a book and calendar and still find them hilarious.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Jodah. I just saw a Far Side comic - 2 scientists in the lab, one gently pounding nails in a bomb cap and the other behind him with a blown up paper bag he is ready to pop. Far Side is great when one needs to just bellow out a laugh. Thanks Jodah

  8. Rochelle Frank profile image96
    Rochelle Frankposted 3 years ago

    Yes, extraordinarily amusing.    Larson = out-of-the-box genius.
    There used to be a small local lunch and beer cafe near us that had all of their tables covered with Far Side cartoons preserved under a transparent layer of epoxy. Endless entertainment for the patrons-- never a boring moment for those waiting to be served. It put everyone in a good mood.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Rochelle. What fun that would be to spend time there going over all the cartoons. Bet there was a lot of laughter! Thanks for sharing that with us.

  9. dohn121 profile image81
    dohn121posted 3 years ago

    Without Googling Gary Larson's,"The Far Side," I'll say that "The Far Side" is a satirical cartoon that illustrates the perceptions and observations of how Man views Nature and conversely, how Nature views Man. And at its very core is the truth.  For any satire to be funny, there must be an underlying truth to make it believable and in turn, there also must be at least one exaggeration which only exacerbates the truth.  One of the  most common themes of Larson's Far Side are anthropomorphic animals.  One of my favorite Far Side panels is when a young, child-like spider dangles a human figure from a fishing pole in front of his or her parent counterpart to scare the daylights out of them while the parent is unexpectantly is reading a newspaper on a cushioned chair in their living room. It never ceases to make me smile whenever I see that one.  I used to have a Hub right here on HubPages years ago but it was unpublished due to an overabundance of photos.

    I hope I answered your question!

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      dohn - it is so nice to hear from you, been a long time. Your comment does indeed answer the question quite nicely and well thought out. Thank you very much. I agree with all you wrote.

    2. dohn121 profile image81
      dohn121posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, it has been a long time!  Yes, I've been missing in action for ages, but have not forgotten everyone that's still here.  It's kind of like coming home...I'm happy to have contributed!

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