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To all the daring protestors of every generation: Thank you. When I was the age to join the fray, I was a passive liberal and didn't even know it. I thought everyone wanted fairness in the world. Now, nearing 80, I don't have the chops to knock heads any more but cheer from the sidelines, sign petitions, and donate to causes. Go, Megaphone Mark!!!
By a curious coincidence, students at the Papua New Guinea University of Technology (a.k.a. UNITECH) are demonstrating for the reinstatement of their Vice Chancellor (roughly equivalent to a President of a US university) just as the replay/flashblack strips show Mark demanding the ouster of Walden's President.
I think I'm about Mark's age. I was like him back when he was "Megaphone Mark"; a figure of fun, crazy, extremist -- immature, supposedly. Everyone said I'd turn conservative when I got older, with a mortgage. I bet they said it to him, too. But neither of us did. Maybe a little less eager to throw our aging bodies into a brawl, but still on the left. Mike got less obnoxious, B.D. got way more insightful, but Mark, while older and wiser, is the one most recognizable in these early strips. Makes me feel good.
Let me see if I have this correct. You're anti-smoking, yet pro-pot Thank gawd you don't have to light up brownies! Or chewing tobacco, another annoying and very addictive habit...
I started following the strip when I attended Yale in the early 70s -- I even spoke (briefly) to GBT on the phone once (unrelated to the strip; I was trying to reach his roommate!). These Flashbacks are really special to me and I'm glad that they're being presented. Although I miss the new daily strips, I completely understand GBT's motivation for the hiatus and wish him all the best for "Alpha House" and other ventures. At least we still have Sundays!
Wow. B.D. and Mike are actually writing papers. By hand.
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?