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January 30, 2009

Comics are for grown-ups

Carrie Willmon (1/25, Letters) is “appalled” at “Doonesbury” because it isn’t appropriate for her 8- and 10-year-old kids.

What about “Beetle Bailey,” whose main character tries to avoid work while Sarge overeats and avoids exercise? What about the biting sarcasm often found in cigar-chomping “Shoe” or the workplace insults displayed in “Dilbert?” Then there’s the array of suspicious characters in “Brenda Starr,” who seems always to wear a plunging neckline.

Let’s face it: Most comics are not for kids. They’re for the kid in us grown-ups, those who can appreciate, and even laugh at, the weird foibles of us humans. By exaggerating some of our worst traits, cartoonists and comics writers help us put things into perspective. If you’re looking for straight-laced morality, though, don’t look at the comics pages.

Maril Crabtree
Mission

Comments

Dan Beyer

Solomon, what kind of models?

BudRog

Race Card, never fear, "it is only a flesh wound"....

solomon

JJ,

Yeah, and some days it is more obvious than others.

I venture a guess that I have comic books and models older than many of our friends here.

JUNGLE JACK

... wow! Gary and Solomon must be rally old!

Gary

The comics have gone to heck in a handbasket since Walt Kelly died. Rowrbazzle!

Dan Beyer

Stupid children!
Don't you know these cartoons are for grown ups?!

solomon

.....anybody else here remember Fearless Fosdick?

whispering_to_kc

Children should also not be exposed to "Zippy, the lunatic transvestite".

The comic pages are full of perverts and abnormal personalities.

All except "Brenda Starr". Brenda's hot. She hasn't aged a day since I first noticed how hot she was back when I was 16.

 
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