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INEXORABLE LOGIC
Mac | Winslow, AZ | November 01, 2010

I began reading DB when, in the early 70's, I found my SoCal high school friend, Craig Johnson, perfectly caricatured in it. Too bad he's gone now. And I used DB's inexorable logic on my ur-Republican dad when he showed me two fat donation checks about to go in the mail -- one for W, one for the soldiers' widows of our Iraq war. I suggested that he might achieve his goals if he donated instead to a cause that might end the war and stop making widows. He gave a double fat check to Kerry. Thanks, keep up the good work.

THE FUSS
Joshua Rey | Oxford, UK | November 01, 2010

I first came across Doonesbury in 1985. A guesthouse where I was staying in Lamu off the Kenya coast: the other guests included a few Peace Corps volunteers on R&R. One day the mail came and they all huddled together in great delight over photocopies of some comic strip -- it looked like a month or so's worth. I wondered what the fuss was about. Now I know.

GAH!
David Bartram | Leicester, UK | October 31, 2010

Gah! There's no 40-year Flashback strip today! How am I supposed to keep my undergraduates educated today without a full slate of Flashbacks?

Editor's Note:

Sorry, but the first Sunday strip did not appear until March 21, 1971.

MIGHT BE
S.L. Kotar | St. Louis, MO | October 31, 2010

I wonder if Zonk ever considered that Boehner's tan might be the result of him geting lighter (ala Michael Jackson) instead of darker. Now that would really scare Ohio voters.

BOEHNER'S TAN
Stephen Moser | Mesa, AZ | October 31, 2010

I noted today's reference to Boehner's tan. I don't believe there has ever been reference to Pelosi's apparent frozen-by-Botox face, Barney Frank's Elmer Fudd mumble-mouthed speech patterns, or John Kerry's equine-like countenance. I guess those individuals are not as comics-worthy as the next Speaker of the House.

WHEN DUKE SHOT ZEKE
Douglas Bowker | Salem, MA | October 30, 2010

I first started paying attention to Doonesbury when I was around 14 years old, during the series when Duke shot Zeke for breaking into his place in Colorado. The story line and characters were so outrageous it was like a bright light getting turned on in the murky, hackneyed funny pages! After that I was hooked and bought every large format collection I could find. I loved getting the book with all the original Yale strips too. Almost everything I knew about modern history and politics got its start from these stories. Too bad the "real" stories often were not nearly as humorous. Cheers to a great 40 years!

TODAY'S STRIP
Susan Joyce Wood | Foresthill, CA | October 30, 2010

Your strip today got me laughing big time ! You got my chum Lowell in the last panel standing in that doorway being asked to vote "no" on legalizing marijuana in California. Fat chance. Hahaha!  I wish I could send you a photo of us. Sorta looks like Willie Nelson.

HUMBOLDT WELCOMES YOU!
Big Al | Humboldt County, CA | October 30, 2010

Zonker Dude! You can crash at my place till you get your own scene or hang out for a season, whatever... Humboldt welcomes you!

A MINIMUM OF 28
Ben Sammis | Peoria, IL | October 30, 2010

I've been physically able to read for roughly 30 years, and reading Doonesbury for a minimum of 28. I sure as hell didn't understand everything I was reading at the age of 5, but the gang definitely helped me figure it out, abetted by my local library, which was smart enough to have every Doonesbury book available, and naive enough to allow me to check them out before I had reached double-digit years. Much like I don't remember a time when I couldn't read, I don't remember a time when I didn't read Doonesbury.

 

BEFORE THERE WAS JON STEWART
Suzanne Marten | San Francisco, CA | October 29, 2010

Happy 40th Garry!! Before there was Jon Stewart, there was Doonesbury -- the best way to get another slant on the news of the day. Thank you for all your insight and humor!

AS A FRESHMAN
Chris Kochevar | Littleton, CA | October 29, 2010

I started reading as a freshman in college during the '76 campaign. I learned how to properly evaluate the issues and candidates then and still use the lessons. The humor is laser accurate.

41
Owen | Galesburg, IL | October 29, 2010

I'm 41 and everything I ever knew about modern American history I learned from Doonesbury. Sure, as a 10-year old I didn't quite get the Watergate stuff, but Phred was a buddy. Cherchez les femmes!

FRIENDS AT WALDEN
Susan Allison | Danbury, CT | October 29, 2010

I was a student in New Haven (Southern, not Yale) when Toad's was still Hungry Charlie's. I remember Bull Tales and the sight of "President King" out walking along Hillhouse Ave. on a warm Spring evening. (I swear that I actually saw that thought balloon over his head a couple of times!) Through 40 years of clashing Titans (Liberals and Conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, Blue states and Red states), I've always had friends at Walden who shared my hopes and fears, and still managed to find the irony and laughter in it all. Whether or not I agreed with them, no matter how far they travelled or how much they changed, they always had something interesting, amusing and spot-on to say. Congratulations Garry, and all my friends at Walden! You've even grown with me over the years -- or was it the other way around?

40TH ANNIVERSARY TUESDAY
Ellen Malone | Sugar Notch, PA | October 29, 2010

Woke up, fell out of bed, anticipation crossed my head. Found my way downstairs and read the strip. And Googled up and noticed logo'd were not. I guess they forgot to read the news today, oh boy. But I am glad you contine to love to turn us on!

A DELAY ON THE BAN
Joseph Lenchner | Corralitos, CA | October 29, 2010

President Karzai just announced a delay in the ban on private security contractors. Sorkh Razil lives!

A FEW SEEDS
Tim | San Diego, CA | October 29, 2010

It would be wonderful if Zonker ended up back in front of the judge that threw out his case in the 70s for wiretapping without a warrant, when Z was busted by the Highway Patrol after a few seeds were found in his bag. Seems like you're going down the route of transporting across state lines, and that guy's probably a federal judge by now. Just saying.

PLANTS
Martin Rasmussen | Copenhagen, DENMARK | October 29, 2010

Thank you so much for the strip today! I have really missed seeing Zonker talking to his plants. it's been so many years...

WHEN YOU STARTED
Tola Marts | Issaquah, WA | October 29, 2010

Happy 40th anniversary, Mr. Trudeau! I was only one year old when you started, but I was into my dad's little Doonesbury paperbacks as soon as I was old enough to read. When Zonker learned there was no Santa Claus, I did too! Thank you for helping give me a sense of humor that has helped immeasurably with life's ups and downs.

IMMORTALIZED IN THE ANNALS OF ASTRONOMY
Lee Laiterman | Santa Cruz, CA | October 28, 2010

Thought you would appreciate that a Doonesbury character has become immortalized in the annals of astronomy. At UC Santa Cruz we are building an instrument for detecting extrasolar planets. We are aligning its optics now and have been dealing with an unwanted spot of light that primarily impacts the red end of the light spectrum. It is known here as "The Red Rascal."

AS SOON AS IT'S LEGAL
Richard | Olympia, WA | October 28, 2010

Zonker does realize that as soon as it's legal, lobbyists will try to kill small growers, in exchange for "football field sized domes" operated by, uhmm, well, tobacco companies? Small growers will still be illegal, since they wouldn't be able to afford the licensing and security overhead. We'll still have a number of small growers. The underground distribution channels are still in place. Everywhere.