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.