Category:Comics about married people
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The following 32 pages are in this category, out of 32 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 32 pages are in this category, out of 32 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Arlo and Janis – Arlo and Janis is an American gag-a-day comic strip written and drawn by Jimmy Johnson. It is a leisurely paced domestic situation comedy and it was first published in newspapers on July 29,1985. The focus of the strip is tightly on its two characters, a middle-aged, middle-class baby boomer couple with an easygoing approach to life. The family surname is Day, but its rarely used in the strip. Johnson confessed, When I first sold the strip, the family had no name, the strip itself had no name. Preparing to launch, the brain trust decided, Lets make their name Day. However, it turned out there was an old, semi-defunct newspaper column called Day by Day, the strip was named Arlo and Janis. I subsequently kept the name ‘Day. ’ Why not and he works for one of those vague, comic-strip corporations that survives year after year despite inept management, disgruntled workers and no apparent purpose. Arlo is drawn wearing a tie when at work, and at home he wears jeans and his character is generally laid back and ironic. He enjoys barbecues, and dreams and daydreams of sailing and he can be riled by injustice and marauding squirrels. He ponders the meaning of life, monitors his decline, like Arlo, she is shown to have an undefined corporate job, at which she has been known to receive embarrassing faxes and emails from Arlo. Especially in earlier strips, she was portrayed as insecure about her looks and, due to that insecurity and she worries about Arlos health and about Gene growing up. Janis is sincere, straightforward, and works hard on her relationships and she gets plenty of exercise, and enjoys gardening. She has at times sunbathed secretly, despite the danger to her health, a highlight of the strips run was when Janis bobbed her shoulder-length hair. Arlo and Janis were once joined by their son, but as Gene slowly matured. Johnson maintained that Genes diminished role in the strip was due to his wanting to show realistically the way that adolescents begin to lead their own lives, in time, Gene received more panel-time as his relationship with Mary Lou blossomed. The couple surprised Arlo and Janis with a wedding ceremony in September 2012. They were presented as Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Day in the panel of the next days installment
2. Baby Blues – Baby Blues is an American comic strip created and produced by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott since January 7,1990. Distributed by King Features Syndicate since 1995, the focuses on the MacPherson family and specifically on the raising of the three MacPherson children. When the strip debuted, the MacPherson family consisted of Darryl and Wanda, the first strip took place in the hospital room shortly after Zoe was born. Later, two more children—Hammie, the child and the only son, and Wren, the youngest child—were added to the family. Both Kirkman and Scott have drawn from their own parenting experiences as a source for the strips content, the strip features three families, according to the strips Family Tree page. A manager by profession, noticeable with his large nose and he is sometimes unaware of his wifes exhausted state. In various strips, Zoe, Wren and Hammie wait to meet him right when he gets home from work, in some strips, he appears to dislike a kids show called The Whistling Monkey Cowboy Band. He also tends to swear when accidentally injuring himself or frustrated which Wren repeats in some strips and he also tends to make mistakes, such as in Wrens ultrasound, he mistakes her for a boy. He is possibly a child because they never said anything in the comic that he has siblings. Though she originally had a job as a public relations executive, however, she becomes frustrated and jealous of the women she regards as better mothers. She is sometimes upset with her children but still loves them and she later wondered if she did the right thing or not. She has breastfed Zoe, Hammie, and Wren and currently breastfeeds Wren, Zoe MacPherson, The oldest sibling, age 9. She tends to fuss the most over what Wanda does and she likes to blame things on Hammie a lot, even when she was the one who actually did something wrong. Originally, her name was Jennifer, but a strip dated April 9,2007. Zoe is not usually a brat but an average child and this is represented when she is shown playing with toys, watching childrens shows, playing with other children, and not having a clear view of the world earlier on in the strip. She, Hammie, and Wren do not have any known cousins because the uncle or aunt they have is single and has no kids. Hamish MacPherson, The middle sibling, usually called Hammie, age 6 and he has great fondness and uninhibited enthusiasm for trucks, and can tell their model by sight, as proven in several strips. He has freckles and his hair is black like Wandas and he is the only MacPherson child that doesnt have orange hair
3. Barney Google and Snuffy Smith – Barney Google and Snuffy Smith, originally Take Barney Google, Frinstance, is an American comic strip created by cartoonist Billy DeBeck. Since its debut on June 17,1919, the strip has gained an international readership. The initial appeal of the led to its adaptation to film, animation, popular song. It added several terms and phrases to the English language and inspired the 1923 hit tune Barney Google with lyrics by Billy Rose, as well as the 1923 record, Come On, Spark Plug. Barney Google himself, once the star of the strip and a popular character in his own right, has been almost entirely phased out of the feature. An increasingly peripheral player in his own strip beginning in the late 1930s, Google was officially out in 1954. These cameos were often years apart—from a period between 1997 and 2012, Barney Google wasnt seen in the strip at all, Google was reintroduced to the strip in 2012, and has been seen very occasionally since, making several week-long appearances. Snuffy Smith, who was introduced as a supporting player in 1934, has now been the comic strips central character for over 60 years. Nevertheless, the feature is still titled Barney Google and Snuffy Smith, like Mutt and Jeff, Barney Google started out on the sports page. First appearing as a strip in the sports sections of the Chicago Herald and Examiner in 1919, it was originally titled Take Barney Google. The title character, a fellow with big banjo eyes, was an avid sportsman and neer-do-well involved in poker, horse racing. The goggle-eyed, moustached, gloved and top-hatted, bulbous-nosed, cigar-chomping shrimp was relentlessly henpecked by a three times his size. The formidable Mrs. Lizzie Google, a. k. a. the sweet woman, sued Barney for divorce, by October 1919, the strip was distributed by King Features Syndicate and was published in newspapers across the country. Beginning on July 17,1922, the strip would take a turn in popularity with the seemingly innocuous introduction of an endearing race horse named Spark Plug. Barneys beloved brown-eyed baby was a bow-legged nag who seldom raced, Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz was known to his friends as Sparky, a lifelong nickname given to him by his uncle as a diminutive of Barney Googles Spark Plug. Comics historian Don Markstein noted that, Sparkys first race became one of comics first national media events, so great was the publics enthusiasm that DeBeck, who had been planning to retire the plug after that one storyline, made him a permanent part of the cast. Spark Plug was such a star during the 1920s that children who enjoyed the comics were liable to get Sparky for an example, Charles M. Sparky Schulz. In deference to his enormous popularity during this period, the strip was retitled Barney Google, DeBecks strip hit its peak of popularity with Spark Plug at about the same time the song Barney Google by Billy Rose and Con Conrad was sweeping the country
4. Between Friends (comics) – Between Friends is an internationally syndicated comic strip written by Canadian Sandra Bell-Lundy. The comic strips appear in more than 175 newspapers in ten countries around the world, three middle-aged professional women and the problems that they face in their lives are the main focus throughout the comic strip series. Initially, Maeve, Susan, and Kimberly were all childless, between Friends initially appeared in the St. Catharines Standard in May 1990, and was syndicated by King Features in February 1994. Bell-Lundys original artwork used for the strips was displayed at Artway Gallery in Brampton, Ontario, all the minor characters are connected to Kim, Maeve, or Susan. Kimberly previously wrote a column on womens issues from home and she is currently a homemaker and struggling to find a new source of intellectual fulfilment. Derek, high school English teacher, was a father before his new marriage to Kim. Danny has adjusted from being Dereks son to Derek and Kims son and he is always in the latest kids fads such as Pokémon, Crash Bandicoot, Yu-Gi-Oh. and Duel Masters. He also loves food but hates making his own meals, Maeve is a spicy divorcée who always has a snappy comeback. Shes the one that a person always remembers at parties, shes a great Sales Director at the office, less great with her personal life. Helen is Maeves co-worker, sounding board and voice of experience at the office, shes married with two kids in their pre-teens. He periodically drops in and spreads chaos, Susan like Maeve, works in a professional office. Previously she and her husband Harvey were DINKYs, after struggling with infertility treatments, they adopted a daughter, Emma. Harvey is a funeral director and Susans supportive husband. Emma is Susan and Harveys adopted daughter, tina is Susans office buddy and frazzled mom with two kids in diapers. The strip is drawn in detail and appears in colour and it usually runs to four panels, the Sunday strip is in a two tiered format with a large throw away logo panel appearing on the left of the strip. The characters are living in their homes, or offices. Unlike usual comics where the characters are frozen in time, here the characters are shown being aging, Emma and Danny, who were show as little tots, are now shown to be grown children. Sometimes the strip is serialised with the running for a week or more on occasions
5. Blondie (comic strip) – Blondie is an American comic strip created by cartoonist Chic Young. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, the strip has been published in newspapers since September 8,1930, the success of the strip, which features the eponymous blonde and her sandwich-loving husband, led to the long-running Blondie film series and the popular Blondie radio program. Chic Young drew Blondie until his death in 1973, when control passed to his son Dean Young. Young has collaborated with a number of artists on Blondie, including Jim Raymond, Mike Gersher, Stan Drake, Denis Lebrun, through these changes, Blondie has remained popular, appearing in more than 2,000 newspapers in 47 countries and has been translated into 35 languages. Since 2006, Blondie has also been available via email through King Features DailyINK service, the name Boopadoop derives from the scat singing lyric that was popularized by Helen Kanes 1928 song I Wanna Be Loved by You. Left only with a check to pay their honeymoon, the Bumsteads are forced to become a suburban family. The marriage was a significant media event, given the strips popularity. The catalog for the University of Floridas 2005 exhibition,75 Years of Blondie, 1930–2005, from that point forward, she gradually assumed her position as the sensible head of the Bumstead household. And Dagwood, who previously had been cast in the role of man to Blondies comic antics. Dagwood Bumstead and family, including Daisy and the pups, live in the suburbs of Joplin, Missouri, according to the August 1946 issue of The Joplin Globe, Blondie Bumstead, The eponymous leading lady of the comic strip. Blondie is a smart, sweet, and responsible woman and she can be stressed at times when raising her family and because of Dagwoods antics, and despite being usually laid-back and patient, Blondie does get upset sometimes. She is also beautiful with gold hair, gentle curls. A friend once told Dagwood that Blondie looked like a million bucks, in 1991, she began a catering business with her neighbor, Tootsie. A kind and loving yet clumsy, naïve and lazy man whose cartoonish antics are the basis for the strip and he is a big fan of sports and has a large, insatiable appetite for food. Dagwood is especially fond of making and eating the mile-high Dagwood sandwich and he celebrates even the most insignificant holidays, and approaches Thanksgiving with the same reverence most people reserve for Christmas. His klutziness is also a part of his encounters with Mr. Beasley the mailman. Another subplot deals with Dagwood and his neighbor Herb and he can also often be seen napping on his couch. Alexander Bumstead, the child of Blondie and Dagwood who is in his late teens
6. Bringing Up Father – Bringing Up Father was an American comic strip created by cartoonist George McManus. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, it ran for 87 years, from January 12,1913, many readers, however, simply called the strip Jiggs and Maggie, after its two main characters. According to McManus, he introduced these same characters in other strips as early as November 1911, the humor centers on an immigrant Irishman named Jiggs, a former hod carrier who came into wealth in the United States by winning a million dollars in a sweepstakes. Now nouveau-riche, he longs to revert to his former working class habits. Her lofty goal—frustrated in nearly every strip—is to bring father up to upper class standards, hence the title, the occasional malapropisms and left-footed social blunders of these upward mobiles were gleefully lampooned in vaudeville, popular song, and formed the basis for Bringing Up Father. The strip presented multiple perceptions of Irish Catholic ethnics during the early 20th century, through the character Jiggs, McManus gave voice to their anxieties and aspirations. McManus took a position, which aided ethnic readers in becoming accepted in American society without losing their identity. A cross-country tour that the characters took in September 1939 into 1940 gave the strip a big promotional boost, Jiggs and Maggie were generally drawn with circles for eyes, a feature more often associated with the later strip, Little Orphan Annie. McManus, who numbered Aubrey Beardsley among his influences, had a bold and his strong sense of composition and Art Nouveau and Art Deco design made the strip a stand-out on the comics page. McManus was inspired by The Rising Generation, a comedy by William Gill that he had seen as a boy in St. Louis, Missouris Grand Opera House. McManus knew Barry and used him as the basis for his drawings of Jiggs, McManus wife, the former Florence Bergere, was the model for daughter Nora. One of McManus friends, restaurateur James Moore, claimed he was the inspiration for the character Dinty Moore, James Moore changed his name to Dinty and founded a real-life restaurant chain. The restaurant owner, however, did not begin the successful line of Dinty Moore canned goods marketed today by Hormel, none of the nominal stars of the strip ever seemed to notice the animated figures, or anything unusual happening on the walls in the background directly behind them. The strip was an instant hit, possibly because of its combination of an appealing cast of characters with a look of art-nouveau splendor. Before McManus died, in 1954, Bringing Up Father made him two fortunes, by that time, Jiggss Irishness had faded—the new generation saw him as just a rich guy that liked to hang out with a regular crowd. An uncredited script collaborator on the strip was McManus brother, Charles W. McManus and he also had his own comic strips in the 1920s, Dorothy Darnit and Mr. Broad. In 1913, Rosies Beau was McManus Sunday page, and he revived it as a Sunday topper strip above Bringing Up Father. In 1941, McManus replaced Rosies Beau with Snookums which ran as the topper above Bringing Up Father until 1956, in the final episode of HBOs The Pacific, Robert Leckie is seen reading Snookums
7. The Bungle Family – The Bungle Family was an American gag-a-day comic strip, created by Harry J. Tuthill, that first appeared in 1918. Originally titled Home, Sweet Home, it first appeared as part of a series of rotating strips in the New York Evening Mail. The titular patriarch of the strip, long-suffering, cantankerous George Bungle, voiced the petty frustrations and joys of the man during the Jazz Age. Seen only sporadically in 1918, the strip was published daily and was syndicated by the end of 1919. Home, Sweet Home followed the adventures of Mabel and George, Tuthill took the strip to the McNaught Syndicate when the Evening Mail was sold in 1924, changing the name to The Bungle Family and adding daughter Peggy Bungle to the cast. A Sunday page was in existence by September 9,1923, Comics historian Don Markstein described life among the Bungles, George was skinny, middle-aged, cucumber-nosed and mustachioed, sort of like A. Mutt, Andy Gump or the self-caricatures of R. Crumb. Josie was his equivalent, not a dowdy old frump, but about as comfortably domestic looking as Mutts or Andys wife, or to cite a more recent example, Mrs. Ferdnand. They were typical lower middle class city people of the time, living in an apartment and having frequent run-ins with the landlord, bill collectors, neighbors and most of all. George and Jo would fight over practically anything and their disputes frequently went on for hours, provoked noise complaints to the police, dragged the neighbors in, or all three. They were not very likable, and certainly not high-minded, through them, Tuthill displayed a sort of amused contempt for the more petty concerns of ordinary urban life. The Bungles werent the sort of folks most people would want to live downstairs from, in the mid-1930s, Tuthill serialized exotic adventures and introduced a large supporting cast over the next several years—moves that were accompanied by a huge surge of public interest in the strip. Around this time, Tuthill began incorporating fantasy and time travel into the strip, reprints of the strip were first featured in the comic book Famous Funnies beginning with its first issue in 1934. Despite its fame, the strip was brought to a conclusion by its creator on August 1,1942, revived on May 17,1943, it ended permanently June 2,1945. In 1999, The Bungle Family was voted one of the Top 100 English language comics of the 20th Century by The Comics Journal, in 2006, it was announced that Spec Publications, a Colorado-based publisher of classic comics, planned to reprint The Bungle Family in collected editions. Waugh, Coulton, The Comics, MacMillan,1947,1991, the Bungle Family, A Complete Compilation,1928 / Harry J. Tuthill, introduction by Bill Blackbeard, The Hyperion library of classic American comic strips, Westport, Connecticut, Hyperion Press,1977. LCCN76053057 ISBN 0-88355-669-3 Hunter, Julius K, westmoreland and Portland places, the history and architecture of Americas Premier Private Streets, 1888-1988, University of Missouri Press, Columbia, Missouri,1988, p.84. The Bungle Family 1930, LOAC Essentials Volume 5, Library of American Comics Essentials, Hardcover – July 15,2014 / Harry J. Tuthill, ISBN1613779585 ISBN 978-1613779583 Flickr Lambiek, The Bungle Family The Press, Bungle. Time, August 18, 1930) Modern Mechanix, October 1936
8. For Better or For Worse – For Better or For Worse is a comic strip by Lynn Johnston that ran originally from 1979 to 2008 chronicling the lives of a Canadian family, The Pattersons, and their friends. The story is set in the fictitious Toronto-area suburban town of Milborough, now running as reruns, For Better or For Worse is still seen in over 2,000 newspapers throughout Canada, the United States and about 20 other countries. Johnstons strip began in September 1979, and ended its original daily black-and-white run on August 30,2008, starting on September 1,2008, the strip began re-telling its original story, using a mixture of straight reruns and retouched strips which featured altered dialogue. This new format, however, was dropped less than two years and in July 2010, the strip switched entirely to reruns. The strips seen in papers in 2016 were originally from 1987, a signature element of For Better or For Worse during its original run was that the characters aged in real time. Johnstons work on the comic strip earned her a Reuben Award in 1985, the strip led the Friends of Lulu to add Johnston to the Women Cartoonists Hall of Fame in 2002. In the same year, Will Eisner described For Better Or Worse as the best strip around currently, saying Its humane, human, it has humor to it, and good artwork. The strip focuses on a known as the Pattersons, Elly Patterson, is a stressed woman yet loving wife. Elly tried night classes, writing columns for a local paper. Nearing menopause, Elly was surprised to learn she was pregnant with their daughter April, after the library job ended, Elly began working in a book store which she and John eventually bought and expanded to include toys and hobby supplies. She then sold the store to her friend and began retirement, John Patterson, husband to protagonist Elly, and father. A mild-mannered dentist and loyal man who is a big kid at heart. Over time he develops interests in cars and model railroads, Michael Patterson, began the strip as a rambunctious preschooler, who became a fresh little boy to a sullen teenager and became a good, mature young man. Michael became a writer, married to his childhood crush Deanna Sobinski and father to Meredith. Elizabeth Patterson, began the strip as a bratty and demanding toddler, to a little girl, to an awkward pre-teen, to a confident. When the original series of strips ended, she was a teacher who had just married her old friend Anthony Caine and became stepmother to his daughter, Elizabeth gave birth to a son, James Allen Caine, whom she and her husband name in honor of her dying grandfather. In 1991, a child was born, April Patterson. She nearly drowned during a flood when she was four years old
9. Gasoline Alley – Gasoline Alley is a comic strip created by Frank King and currently distributed by Tribune Media Services. First published November 24,1918, it is the comic strip in the US and has received critical accolades for its influential innovations. In addition to color and page design concepts, King introduced real-time continuity to comic strips by showing his characters as they grew to maturity. The strip originated on the Chicago Tribunes black-and-white Sunday page, The Rectangle, one corner of The Rectangle introduced Kings Gasoline Alley, where characters Walt, Doc, Avery, and Bill held weekly conversations about automobiles. This panel slowly gained recognition, and the comic strip began August 24,1919 in the New York Daily News. The early years were dominated by the character Walt Wallet, Tribune editor Joseph Patterson wanted to attract women to the strip by introducing a baby, but Walt was not married. Only problem was the character, Walt Wallet, was a confirmed bachelor. On February 14,1921, Walt found the baby abandoned on his doorstep. That was the day Gasoline Alley entered history as the first comic strip in which the characters aged normally, the baby, named Skeezix, grew up, fought in World War II, and is now a retired grandfather. Walt married after all, and had children, who had children of their own. More characters entered the storyline on the periphery and some grew to occupy center stage, Skeezix called his adoptive father Uncle Walt. Unlike most comic strip children, he did not remain a baby or even a little boy for long and he grew up to manhood, the first occasion where real time was shown continually elapsing in a major comic strip over generations. By the time the United States entered World War II, Skeezix was an adult, courting Nina Clock and he later married Nina and had children. In the late 1960s, he faced a typical midlife crisis, Walt Wallet himself married Phyllis Blossom and had other children, who grew up and had kids of their own. During the 1970s and 1980s, under Dick Moores authorship, the characters briefly stopped aging, when Jim Scancarelli took over, natural aging was restored. The Sunday strip was launched October 24,1920, the 1930s Sunday pages did not always employ traditional gags but often offered a gentle view of nature, imaginary daydreaming with expressive art or naturalistic views of small town life. Whereas the dailies allowed events to unfold, Sunday was the day to savor experiences, the strip is still published in newspapers in the 21st century. Walt Wallet is now well over an old, while Skeezix has become a nonagenarian
10. Hi and Lois – Hi and Lois is an American comic strip about a suburban family. Created by Mort Walker and illustrated by Dik Browne, it debuted on October 18,1954, the Flagstons first appeared in Walkers Beetle Bailey. They spun off into their own strip, written by Walker, Lois Flagston is Beetle Baileys sister, and the two strips make occasional crossovers. One of these occurred on the strips 40th anniversary in 1994, chip resembles his Uncle Beetle in attitude and appearance, especially the eyes. The strip made efforts to keep up with the times, such as housewife Lois Flagston taking a career in real estate in 1980, in previous decades the strip was acclaimed, in 1962 it earned Browne a Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society. The strip faced some controversy given the changes in content restrictions since its debut in the 1950s, once, editors insisted that belly buttons could not appear, in protest, Browne included a box of dimpled navel oranges. Now produced by the sons of the creative team, the strip is written by Brian and Greg Walker. The Flagston family was featured in a series of Charlton comic books. Eleven issues were produced from November 1969 to July 1971, Hi and Lois Flagston, Hi and Lois are typical middle-class American suburbanites. Dot and Ditto, rambunctious twins Dot & Ditto, four-year-olds when the strip began, now grade school-aged, Trixie, the Flagstons freckled, blonde baby girl, who loves talking to Sunbeam, a ray of sunlight. Dawg, the Flagstons large, shaggy sheepdog, Thirsty Thurston, the Flagstons fat, lazy and allegedly tipsy next-door neighbor, His co-worker and golf buddy. Irma Thurston, Thirstys thin, weary and long-suffering wife, abercrombie and Fitch, the friendly neighborhood garbage collectors. Mr. Foofram, Owner and president of Foofram Industries, where Hi, diminutive and at times short-tempered, but not a tyrant. Trixie Avon Hi and Lois Tempo Books Hi and Lois in Darkest Suburbia Tempo Hi and Lois, Tor Hi and Lois, Home Sweat Home Tor Hi and Lois, Is Dinner Ready. Tor Hi and Lois, Saturday Night Fever Tor Hi and Lois, Hi Honey, Tor Hi and Lois, Mom, Wheres My Homework. Tor Hi and Lois, The Bright Stuff Charter Hi and Lois, Tor Hi and Lois, Trixie à la Mode Tor Hi and Lois, Good Housekeeping Tor Hi and Lois, Dawg Day Afternoon. Tor The Best of Hi and Lois Comicana Hi and Lois, Sleep-Can Tor Hi and Lois, Say Cheese Tor Hi and Lois, Tor Hi and Lois, House Calls Tor Hi and Lois, Modern Chaos. Tor Hi and Lois, Croquet for a Day Tor Hi and Lois, Couch Potatoes
11. The Lockhorns – The Lockhorns is a United States single-panel cartoon created in 1968 by Bill Hoest and distributed by King Features Syndicate to 500 newspapers in 23 countries. It is continued today by Bunny Hoest and John Reiner, the married couple Leroy and Loretta Lockhorn constantly argue. They demonstrate their mutual deep-seated hatred by making sarcastic comments on each others failings as spouses. Many of the business and institutions depicted in the strip are real places located in or near Huntington, the cartoon feature was initially titled The Lockhorns of Levittown. Anticipating national syndication, Bunny Hoest suggested shortening the title to The Lockhorns and it began as a single-panel daily on September 9,1968, with the Sunday feature launched April 9,1972. The Sunday feature initially employed an unusual layout that ganged together several single-panel cartoons, the entire raison detre of the series is to show Leroy and Loretta trading caustic one-liners. They fight about his eye, her cooking, his earning power, her excessive shopping. Also, anything else that happens to occur to them, there are a few other recurring characters, such as Lorettas mother, their marriage counselor and Leroys favorite bartender. But the entire focus is on Leroy and Loretta themselves, if either of them has a lovable quality, readers never see it. And if they wouldnt want to part, it can only be because their greatest pleasure comes from keeping each other on edge, Bill Hoest died in 1988, but his widow, Bunny Hoest, continued the strip with Bill Hoests long-time assistant, John Reiner. Leroy Lockhorn – The man of the house who drinks a lot, plays golf too much, Lorettas mother – Never named and rarely seen, but hated mercilessly by Leroy. D. Pullman, marriage counselor – Whom Leroy and Loretta routinely see, arthur the bartender – Local saloonkeeper to whom Leroy often bemoans his circumstances. Marital Mirth, part of the Super-Fun-Pak Comics in Tom the Dancing Bug, is a parody of The Lockhorns, the Better Half comic strip is often seen as a tamer version of The Lockhorns. An early Liō strip featured Liōs ants attacking numerous comic strips on a newspaper page, the Lockhorns appeared as The Hateeachothers, depicting a non-plussed Leeroy Hateeachother comparing the monstrous ant to Lorettas mother. A Watch Your Head comic featured a movie trailer Dear Loretta, Love, at least nine Lockhorns collections were published by Signet between 1968 and 1982. Tor reissued the first in the series as The Lockhorns, What Do You Mean You Werent Listening, I Didnt Say Anything in 1992. Bill Hoest received the National Cartoonists Societys Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award for the strip for 1975 and 1980, syndicated Comic Strips and Artists, 1924–1995, The Complete Index. ISBN 0-9700077-0-1 The Lockhorns official site Andy Capp
12. Love Is... – Love Is. is the name of a comic strip created by New Zealand cartoonist Kim Casali in the 1960s. The cartoons originated from a series of notes that Grove drew for her future husband. They were published in booklets in the late 1960s before appearing in strip form in a newspaper in 1970 and they were syndicated soon after and the strip is syndicated worldwide today by Tribune Media Services. One of her most famous drawings, Love Is. being able to say you are sorry, published on February 9,1972, was marketed internationally for many years in print, on cards, the beginning of the strip coincided closely with the 1970 film Love Story. The films signature line is Love means never having to say youre sorry, at the height of their popularity in the 1970s the cartoons were earning Casali £4-5 million annually. Roberto Casali was diagnosed with cancer in 1975 and Kim stopped working on the cartoon to spend more time with him. Casali commissioned London-based British cartoonist Bill Asprey to take over the writing and drawing of the cartoons for her, under her pen name. Asprey has produced the cartoon continuously since 1975, upon her death in 1997, Casalis son Stefano took over Minikim, the company which handles the intellectual rights. The strip appears daily except Sunday, Love Is. is a single-frame strip. The upper left-hand corner starts with a phrase which always begins with Love Is. The drawing appears in the middle and the remainder of the phrase at the bottom, each strip is independent of the others, there are no series of strips running for a period of time covering the same topic. The main characters are a man and woman depicted unclothed, with no primary or secondary sexual features shown other than the woman having nipples and it is clear which character is male and which is female due to tertiary features. The male has black, short hair while the female has light. The characters have featured in various stages of romance, just meeting, as boyfriend and girlfriend. Sometimes, the male is shown in a military uniform, a 1974 strip has the male naming the female as Kim, while a 1971 panel has the female writing the letter R in the beach sand. Both of these are consistent with original cartoonist Kim Casali and her husband Roberto, the strip occasionally includes the couples two children. The boy and girl have the hair coloring of their opposite gender parent, from time to time the females parents are shown, both parents have light hair and are featured as being elderly. The males parents have also featured in the strips and they have similar looks as those of females parents
13. Modeste et Pompon – Modeste and Pompon is a Belgian comic series consisting mainly of humorous one-page short stories about a temperamental young man and his girlfriend. Created by André Franquin, it was first published in Tintin magazine on October 19,1955, in 1955 comic-book artist André Franquin got into a dispute with Dupuis, the publishers of Spirou magazine, over financial arrangements concerning his characters. Since Franquin was unable to find the written confirmation of their agreement, he left to join the staff of the rival Tintin magazine, writers who contributed to the series included René Goscinny, Peyo, Greg and even Franquins mother-in-law. Franquin later found the written confirmation and the matter was settled with Dupuis, however, he was on a five-year contract with Tintin and was thus obliged to provide to both magazines, an unusual arrangement in the comic industry. He thus contributed a page to Tintin and a weekly page-and-a-half to Spirou. In 1959 the publishers of Tintin bought the rights to the characters, Franquins obligation to Tintin ended and he stuck to Spirou and Gaston Lagaffe. Modeste et Pompon continued until 1988, handled by other writers and her main occupation is to appeal to him to stay calm. Modeste is a short-tempered young suburbanite who is angered when things go wrong. Franquins period on the strip is seen as a reflection of the fashions of the 1950s. The items Felix tries to sell to Modeste include a TV remote control, the artists who succeeded Franquin updated the fashions to their own time periods and even removed Pompons namesakes from her hair. When the group of boys were first introduced, they were Félixs five cousins, later they became his nephews and numbered four before settling on just three. Franquin only named one of them, Dédé, the boys appear to be identical and wear different-coloured shirts. At one stage Modeste was asked to look after a baby and faced the dilemmas of feeding, changing. This set of stories coincided with the months of the life of Franquins daughter Isabelle. 1955-1959, Franquin 1959-1968, Dino Attanasio 1968-1975, Mitteï1975, Griffo 1976-1984, Dupont 1980-1988, Walli 1981, Eric Footnotes Franquin est Modeste
14. Motley's Crew – Motleys Crew was an American newspaper comic strip by Ben Templeton and Tom Forman with satirical social commentary. With readership spread among 250 newspapers in the United States alone, the comic strip, in general, was about a blue-collar worker named Mike Motley and his wife Mabel Motley. Truman Motley eventually fell in love and married a woman named Tacoma, from that marriage came two sons. Mabels older brother Abel was often collaborating with his wife Buffy, according to a 1997 comics poll conducted by the New York Daily News, Motleys Crew was elected as the 28th most favorite comic strip among readers and visitors to the official Internet site. The comic strip was considered to be more popular than B. C. however, it also voted as the 30th least favorite comic strip in the same poll, indicating that more people liked the Motleys Crew comic strip than hated it. Templeton and Forman created the comic in 1976 and it was first syndicated by what is known today as Tribune Media Services on September 6 of that year. Templeton and Forman were working together on it until Formans death in 1996, after Formans death, Templeton continued alone. It continued until January 1,2000, the final weeks strips dealt with the cast trying to cope with the possible effects of the Y2K bug. Earl had the computers in the factory bug proofed but for the year 3000, Mike had to fix the computers so they were ready for the year 2000 instead. On the first day of the year 2000, the comic strip ever to be printed presented long-time fans. This concept was similar to Sam Malone closing the Cheers bar permanently after the episode of Cheers. Since then, Motleys Crew comic strips have been sought by collectors of contemporary comic strips, archived comic strips can be viewed at on Google News Archives by simply typing in the name of the comic strip. However, not all issues of the Motleys Crew comic strip are available to view on the Google News because they stopped scanning old newspapers in May 2011, in the comic strip Motleys Crew, Mabel Motley was a stay-at-home mother. Her eyes were drawn throughout the strip series as a simple narrow dot. Mabels primary task in the family was to cook and clean while her husband was working and providing a paycheck for the family unit, eventually, she became a grandmother later in the lifetime of the comic strip. Mabel revealed some of the aspects of her personality during her time as a wife and she would frequently complained about her husband spending his weekend afternoons doing nothing but watching sports on the television. With all the elements that the comic strip portrayed, having Mike Motley married to her provided a feminine balance to the comic strip. Mabel jokingly described her marriage to Mike as a marriage when they were receiving marriage counseling
15. Pickles (comic strip) – Pickles is a daily and Sunday comic strip by Brian Crane focusing on a retired couple in their seventies, Earl and Opal Pickles. Pickles has been published since 1990, inspired by Cranes in-laws, the strip describes their efforts to enjoy retirement, which instead proves quite imperfect for both. Earl Pickles is characterized as having a head, glasses, and a bushy white mustache. Opal Pickles is characterized as somewhat chubby, bespectacled, and is seen wearing purple polka-dotted dresses. When sitting, she is seen with her pet cat in her lap. Both characters were drawn with their eye pupils visible through their glasses during the early years. In 2001, Pickles was named best newspaper strip of the year by the National Cartoonists Society. In 2013, Brian Crane shared the Reuben Award with Rick Kirkman, the strips have been collected in book form in Pickles, Pickles, Too, The Older I Get, The Better I Was, Still Pickled After All These Years, Lets Get Pickled. How Come I Always Get Blamed for the Things I Do. a 25th anniversary retrospective,25 Years of Pickles, was released by Baobab Press in 2015. Pickles comic strip at GoComics. com Pickles comic strip at Arcamax. com
16. Rose Is Rose – Rose Is Rose is a syndicated comic strip, written by Pat Brady since its creation in 1984, and drawn since March 2004 by Don Wimmer. The strip revolves around Rose and Jimbo Gumbo, their son Pasquale, Rose and Jimbo are deeply in love with each other, sometimes exchanging love notes or kissing under the stars, and doting fondly on Pasquale. Rose and sometimes Jimbo are drawn as little children to emphasize inner child experiences, Rose is sometimes shown leaning against her let it be tree when dealing with heavy burdens. The strip also features highly daring camera angles and perspectives, often giving the illusion through frames of real motion, the strip often shows an alternate point of view based on the characters fantasies. Rose often sees herself as a chick when faced with a conflict between selfish desire and social obligations, or when confronted with challenges to her usually mild-mannered personality. On the rare occasions when she and Jimbo are fighting, she sees herself locked away as a prisoner in a dungeon of resentment. Jimbo, who would like his wife to gain weight, sometimes fantasizes about her being plump, Pasquales dream ship sequences get much play, as does his relationship with his beloved guardian angel or the bathtubs dreaded drain monster. From the comics debut in 1984 until the strip published on 9 August 1991, since then, all of the characters have been portrayed as speaking coherent English. The comic is distributed by United Features Syndicate, as of 2005, Pat Brady has been nominated eight times for a Reuben Award by the National Cartoonists Society for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. He won the 2004 award in category for the first time. The strip has also won the Religious Public Relations Councils Wilbur Award for Editorial Cartoon/Comic Strips, Rose Gumbo - Wife and mother. Rather shy in public situations, she makes the lifestyle of an everyday housewife appear adventurous, shes witty, well read, sews sweet costumes for her son, bakes brownies, takes in a sunset almost daily, and teases her husband with her strawberry shampoo. She can hold a pleasant conversation with anyone, from her neighbor to the birds living in the tree in her front yard. Shes always there with a hug to comfort her husband and son. Jimbo Gumbo - Husband and father, from the way he dresses, apparently works at a blue collar job. Enjoys placing love notes all around the house and especially in his wifes tea cabinet, hes an all around handyman, takes out the garbage when asked, loves baseball, but fear prevents him from coaxing a spider out of the shower. Despite such admirable qualities, he needs a little advice from time to time, Jimbo also finds women sexier if theyre a bit on the heavy side and occasionally tries to get Rose to gain weight - much to Roses dismay. Vicky the Biker - Roses alter-ego, the adventurous biker chick, with a leather miniskirt and a rose tattoo, who lives on the edge and takes all those risks that you cant quite get away with as a housewife
17. Viivi & Wagner – Viivi & Wagner is a somewhat absurdist Finnish newspaper comic strip drawn by Jussi Juba Tuomola. The titular main characters are Viivi, a Finnish woman in her twenties, and Wagner, Wagner is fully anthropomorphic and sentient, yet still considers himself a pig instead of a human. Though often mistaken for married, the two are cohabitating in an Odd Couple-ish relationship and genuinely fond of each other when not bickering, the comic originally appeared in Kultapossu, a promotional childrens magazine by a Finnish bank. In the original version of the comic, Viivi was a small girl, when the Kultapossu magazine was discontinued, Tuomola adapted the characters to fit a newspaper comic strip style, also changing the characters to adults in the process. Viivi & Wagner is extremely popular in Finland, above all because of its quirky humour, most of the strips concern either arguments between Viivi and Wagner, or Wagner getting into totally absurd situations, either in everyday life or in a fantasy world. Some strips break the wall or the classic comic strip format by not having a definite punchline at the end. Some have even thought Tuomola was a woman and it has been noticed that many medical inside jokes appear in the strips – many of them originate from an old friend of Juba, whose profession happens to be a doctor. As of 2013, there have been twelve Viivi & Wagner albums, Sikspäkki ja salmiakkia,1998 Translated to Swedish as Sexpack och salmiak in 2005 Apua,1999 Translated to Swedish as Hjälp, jag har en gris i sängen. in 2005 Ei banaaninkuoria paperikoriin. 2001 Kuumaa hiekkaa,2002 Viriili vesipeto,2003 Sohvaperunoiden kuningas,2004 Ranskalainen liukumäki,2005 Kaasua sohvalla,2006 Sian morsian,2007 Terassilla tarkenee Kuinka kasvissyöjä kesytetään Sika pussaa. Viivi & Wagner home page Viivi & Wagner Archive at Helsingin Sanomat Viivi & Wagner on gocomics. com