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Quasar | Halifax, CANADA | September 02, 2013

Love the daily Flashbacks page. Google Inc. was incorporated on September 4, 1998, two days after Bernie predicted in the strip that a really smart search engine would evaporate the competition. Is GBT a prophet?

V. Maureen | Los Angeles, CA | August 31, 2013

Forty years ago today: "That was beautiful, Alice." 'Nuff said.

Dan Sanger | Hudson, FL | August 30, 2013

I have been a fan since 1980, and am an owner/operator of the Duke action figure. I would be very happy to someday hear that Sorkh Rhazil was available as a companion piece.

Elsie Wollaston | Vancouver, CANADA | August 28, 2013

Reading the Flashback strips these past months got to be like eating slightly old (tho' still savory) salted peanuts one at a time. So I made the big commitment and have just received the huge volume I should have ordered in 2010 when it came out: 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective. Hey, thousands of the best from the first 40 years, and few of us can say we read every one the first time around. Bring on rainy fall nights by the fire! But first, with luck, September 8 and the "live" GBT setting the world right, or slightly off-center, once more.

Maerzie | Florence, WI and Foley, AL | August 27, 2013

Today's strip is hilarious. I would've never thought of that. I expected to see Jeff downstairs slaving away, dreaming up and writing all kinds of material. It had me laughing out loud!

Evelyn Buretta | St. Louis, MO | August 27, 2013

Thanks so much for addressing sexual assaults in the military. It needed to be said. Keep up the good work.

Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | August 27, 2013

Re THE NEW STRIPS: Please no! Not Jeff and Melissa! Whenever Melissa is ready for a relationship with a man, she deserves a regular, grown-up adult, not a delusional Walter Mitty with a superhero complex.

Luthier Lew | Oakland, CA | August 27, 2013

Happy 20th to Egg Freckles!

Karen | Huntington, WV | August 26, 2013

I wonder if the Flashback strips we're being given during GBT's hiatus presage the new strips? I can see it now. Jeff falls for Melissa. In his Red Rascal persona, he is rescuing her from her demons. In reality, she's gently but firmly forcing him to live up to the obligation of his talents. Win-win. Too pat? I think not.

Trevor Anderson | Chicago, IL | August 25, 2013

About rapes in the military. Reality check!

Virgil Starkwell | Rellingen, GERMANY | August 25, 2013

"Bonker, that girl was me!" still brings tears to my eyes after 40 years, for various reasons...

Randi Hoffman | Ardsley, NY | August 25, 2013

"You worthy, Lieutenant." That's the second time this line brought tears to my eyes.

Bob | St. Augustine, FL | August 24, 2013

I love the Doonesbury Flashbacks page! Today, for example, in 40 Years Ago, getting to meet Alice again is great, and instructive. She wasn't always homeless.

Terri Youngs | San Jose, CA | August 23, 2013

As a surviver of Military Sexual Trauma I want to say thank you for keeping us in the news. Keep up the great work. You rock.

Maerzie | Florence, WI and Foley, AL | August 22, 2013

Around 40 years ago I had an interest in the military after a recruiter visited my high school, and my brother-in-law talked my parents out of allowing my enlistment. Learning about all the rapes, and disgustingly poor management of victims, makes me more understanding and forgiving of why he, a veteran, dashed those plans.

H. I. | Chicago, IL | August 21, 2013

Why has the Chicago Tribune dropped Doonesbury? Where are you? When are you coming back? We miss you.

Editor's Note:


The strip has been on summer hiatus while GBT writes a political sitcom called “Alpha House.” (You can read more about it in the SITE NEWS section of, over on the right, about halfway down the page.) The syndicate has been providing previously-published “Flashback” strips during this time, but some papers (including the Chicago Tribune) have opted not to run them, and are taking advantage of the opportunity to try out some other features. They’ll resume carrying Doonesbury when new material resumes -- a welcome event which is currently scheduled for Sunday, September 8th.


Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | August 21, 2013

Twenty-five years ago, Rick lamented age forty, apparently with collateral damage. Three weeks ago, I encountered age fifty. Am trying to avoid malaise. Where have you gone, Vaughn Meader?

John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | August 20, 2013

The Daily Briefing story about Laura Poitras was well timed. Its tale of being trapped in the limbo of 'international zones' of airports and border crossings coincided with the story of the Brazilian partner of Glenn Greenwald being detained by UK security authorities for nine hours while in transit from Berlin to Rio de Janeiro. Don't get those in charge of the Shadow State mad at you!

Seven | Alexandria, VA | August 19, 2013

Today's strip never gets old. Cliched perhaps, but real. Thanks.

Maerzie | Florence, WI and Foley, AL | August 18, 2013

What a great strip today, revealing, specifically, what's wrong with the failed Republican Party. G.B. Trudeau hit the nail on the head!