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Growing Up with the Newspaper Funnies

As a boy and youth, I first enjoyed reading comic books and then later the newspaper funnies before going away to college.

When I was about nine, I remember mom and dad subscribing to the Milwaukee Journal. Every Sunday, we would fight over who would first get to read the comic strip section. The funnies were especially nice because they were in big colored pictures with captions. My favorite daily strips were "Lil Abner" by Al Capp and "Dagwood and Blondie."

We all especially liked "Lil Abner" because it was a great satire of a country bumpkin, 6'3" 19 year old Lil Abner, his family and friends, living in Dog Patch probably in the Ozarks.

In addition to the character of Lil Abner, how can I forget barefoot beautiful Daisy Mae, Lil Abner's girlfriend, and Joe Btfsplk, the world's greatest jinx who always had a dark cloud over his head. Anyone who came into contact with Joe was doomed to have bad luck.

According to Wikipedia, "Lil Abner" ran in many U.S. and Canadian newspapers from 1934 until 1977.

Have you ever read the newspaper funnies?


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MegL wrote on October 1, 2015, 8:03 AM

I still love the newspaper funnies. Some are hard to get into, if they have a long running story but most are great as either good fun or a comment on contemporary events.

VinceSummers wrote on October 1, 2015, 8:08 AM

Good grief, next to all of them. Here's some: Dick Tracy, Dondi, Henry, Beetle Bailey. Many of the others I've forgotten by name. One I didn't read much was Prince Valiant. What the purpose of that comic was, I don't know -- except possibly as a filler.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 1, 2015, 8:43 AM

I read the comics in our local paper up until recently. I still read them once in a while, but not every week like I used to. Growing up i loved Sad Sack and Richie Rich comics.

wolfgirl569 wrote on October 1, 2015, 9:46 AM

I remember that one and still read them when I get to Mom and Dads on Sunday

JohnRoberts wrote on October 1, 2015, 9:50 AM

Today's newspaper comic strips have become too politicalized and what is supposed to be funny or clever isn't. The charm of the old strips is gone.

Feisty56 wrote on October 1, 2015, 10:20 AM

I was never a comic book reader, but the comics in the newspaper, yes. I still read them occasionally, "Dilbert" being my favorite. Does anyone else remember "Alley Oop?"

Paulie wrote on October 2, 2015, 1:47 AM

Which is your favorite American comic strip?

Paulie wrote on October 2, 2015, 1:49 AM

Beetle Bailey and Henry were definitely two of my other favorites. I especially liked Sarg.

Paulie wrote on October 2, 2015, 1:50 AM

Then it probably wasn't necessary for your hubby ever to read the funnies (LOL)

Paulie wrote on October 2, 2015, 1:52 AM

I can't remember Richie Rich, but definitely did like Sad Sack.

Paulie wrote on October 2, 2015, 1:59 AM

Which is your favorite Sunday comic strip?

Paulie wrote on October 2, 2015, 2:02 AM

I haven't read a contemporary comic strip for over 10 years, but I would have to agree they are more politicalized today compared to years ago.

Paulie wrote on October 2, 2015, 2:04 AM

I remember Dilbert, but appear to have a problem remembering "Alley Oop."

Paulie wrote on October 2, 2015, 2:05 AM

Which was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon?

MegL wrote on October 2, 2015, 4:21 AM

I think it has to "Peanuts". But Dilbert is also good. I belong to a few bulletin boards where people occasionally post links to cartoons they have felt to be particularly appropriate. One of them is called something like "piled higher and deeper" and it's a commentary on higher education.

Paulie wrote on October 2, 2015, 4:25 AM

I would have liked to see that comic strip or cartoon!

MegL wrote on October 2, 2015, 5:21 AM

It's online. Here is one on "Academics don't read" http://phdcomics.com/comics.php

VinceSummers wrote on October 2, 2015, 7:42 AM

Perhaps the thesaurus would suggest a better word for it? Hm. Let's see.... Yes. "Odd." Yes, that's a better word....

VinceSummers wrote on October 2, 2015, 7:43 AM

There was another one-panel comic called something like "They'll Do It Every Time." I was not a knee-slapper, but was humorous and an attention-grabber.

wolfgirl569 wrote on October 2, 2015, 10:04 AM

Any of the animal ones

Feisty56 wrote on October 2, 2015, 12:45 PM

It was a story featuring a cave man. Not one of my favorites necessarily, but it ran for a long time in our local newspaper.

CoralLevang wrote on October 2, 2015, 5:10 PM

I liked Peanuts. And Blondie. And Dennis the Menace.

AliCanary wrote on October 4, 2015, 6:16 AM

I remember that our paper also had Lil' Abner when I was a kid, but I didn't really understand the humor. Snuffy Smith was more my level of hillbilly humor, but my favorites were Peanuts, Garfield, and Family Circle.