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I've been reading Doonesbury almost since it started. I am now 51 and have learned a lot about the politics of your country. You've made me laugh, cry, and angry, often at the same time. Thank you for the reruns. They will educate a new generation on the history of some very turbulent years.
The Classic Doonesbury flashbacks have everyone feeling nostalgic and having their own flashbacks to their first experiences with the strip. Me? Doonesbury has been a part of my life for so long that it's as if it was always there. I'm looking forward to looking backwards -- but I think it's also going to be very interesting for relative newcomers to see Mike and B.D. before they were the responsible adults. For example, Alex gets a lot of grief here in the Blowback section, but when you see how far the older generation has come, Alex is already ahead of the game.
I have to agree. This walk down memory lane's becoming quite enjoyable.
I've been following Doonesbury daily for the last ten years through "My MSN," ever since I got onto broadband. Your previous Flashbacks have usually irritated me, because I've already seen them, and I'd rather get new stuff. However, the present Flashbacks from the early days are great as the provide fresh insight for this "latecomer" to your strip. Can one find all these in an archive, from Day One?
Indeed. The entire run of the strip is available on GoComics, beginning here.
My acquaintance with Doonesbury dates to the latter 70s, the Carter era, at which time the strip had already evolved from its primordial college origins and struck out into the wider world. It was the voyage into Reagan's brain that made me a devoted follower. It's a treat to see the early panels.
You can shorten your bucket list by reading the proto-Doonesbury Yale strips on this very website. Just click here.
So it's taken three days of first-strip-Flashbacks for me to realise that they've been coloured! Nice job.
Forty-four years later, B.D. still seems very much the same sullen character he was in 1970, but my, how Mike has grown up! Not having been familiar with the Mike of so long ago, used to the present Mike -- the very sensible, attuned balancing point of the whole range bizarre characters -- I am shocked, shocked at what a callow goof he was in his youth.
The Flashbacks usually kick off "a where was I" moment, but Day One really did me in. Lost half a work day while cruising memory lane. Thank you so much, as that refreshing trip was better than a three-day weekend.
Wow, we're back to the time of the Katzenjammer Kids and the Yellow Kid. But weren't the strips bigger back then?
Squeeeeee! I was just reading this the other night with my plate of dinner cushioned on my lap with a pillow! The first Doons! Awww...
Great idea! Play it again. Those of us who became dedicated followers in the 70s can't remember back that far anyway.
So happy to see our old friends! Have never missed a strip. Thank you for sharing.
Great strip today about the twisted minds of the rich. Some Dude a long time ago said, “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to inherit the kingdom of heaven.” That same young Dude rose from the dead later (he was just 33), visited and preached among his friends for 40 days (traveling by thought), then rose into the other dimensions, on a hillside in front of a bunch of folks, to assume His Throne -- directly before a very bright Light. These Satanic, latter day rich jerks are going to stand, alone, directly in front of Him the moment after death (as every soul must), for the precise replay of every moment of their life, but through the perspective of his inescapable, supernatural spiritual laws. Then He will assign them to an appropriate realm for a looong time (won’t be no backtalk: wait till these punks see His eyes). Lord Jesus, the soon-coming, fierce, Messiah and King: always watching/always available.
Toss in the automakers who are as bad if not worse (especially GM) into today's toon/conversation and you've pretty much summed up the current U.S. business zeitgeist in a nutshell. Except the automakers don't just whine; they all but control the automotive press with threats to pull advertising, etc.
I thought Blowback readers would enjoy reading a good blog entry on the site Dangerous Minds, called "Did Keith Moon Play Drums on a 1976 Doonesbury Novelty Record?" The post even links to 10 songs from the legendary LP Jimmy Thudpucker's Greatest Hits, and features a video as well.
Today's video about cartoonists was really disturbing. Yes, I read my cartoons online, but I enjoy sitting with a paper in my hand. Our book club has also had discussions about electronic devices vs an actual book. We will see just where it all heads. The times are changing and the cartoonists are needed, I repeat needed, in our world. They open up a lot of different perspectives that we may or may not agree with, but which get us thinking. Their creativity should be treasured.
I know you are a huge Liberal, but re today's strip, you know or should know that the following are Conservatives in Hollywood: Clint Eastwood (ranked 5 in Q Score), Tom Selleck, John Voight, Adam Sandler, Gary Sinise, James Caan, Patricia Heaton, and Angie Harmon, to name just a few.