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VERY META
Sandra M. | Indianpolis, IN | May 14, 2014

The 8/12/1974 strip, which is today's 20-years-ago flashback-within-a-flashback (very meta), is one I will always remember. Watching the President and all his men twist and spin was a very painful experience for my 16-year-old self. I thought it then, and I can say it now; thanks GBT, for so elegantly and simply showing us the definition of "stonewalling."

BEST EVER
Bruce Denton | Galena, OH | May 12, 2014

The 5/11/14 toon may Trudeau's best ever!

MS. CAUCUS
Steve Singer | Iowa City, IA | May 12, 2014

Everyone needs something to help them get going each day. When one is 'up,' it might be family or students (I teach) or great weather, etc. But when one is down, it is good to have something in reserve. Today's four panels end with "Dare to be great, Ms. Caucus." Specifically, the cover of the eponymous collection has been my lifeline for thirty-nine years. Of course, for thirty-three of those years it has shared my desk with "Sir, I'm Worried About Your Mood Swings." Thanks, again, but not for the last time. Yesterday's effort just nailed it!

BRAVO
K. Hassall | Alberta, CANADA | May 11, 2014

Bravo, sir. Bravo. I'm off to buy a hat, that I might doff it in your direction.

PORTRAITS
Brian Morris | Kingston Upon Thames, UK | May 11, 2014

Excellent portraits in the Museum of Bush Art today. Please offer them for sale as prints, with or without Mark's helpful footnotes.

COMMENTARY
Jim Gordon | New Paltz, NY | May 11, 2014

Finally, someone stating the obvious about Putin and about Bush, who spends so much time painting because as an international war criminal he can't leave the USA. Too bad the commentary comes from a cartoonist, but at least someone is sayin' somethin' to power. The best undressing of W. since Colbert praised him in his famous dinner speech.

LIGHTBULB
Barb | Bend, OR | May 09, 2014

Baby Jesus as a 40-watt lightbulb. That's when I knew that I would read Doonesbury forever. And to my great joy, the 40-watt lightbulb made a reappearance on December 25, 2012.

ANTI-SCHOOL PEOPLE
Ed Rush | Atascadero, CA | May 08, 2014

Those anti-school people quoted in the Mudline crawl at the top of the page make my skin crawl. They exemplify the need for mental health care.

MORE THAN CONTENT
Anne Jones | Dubuque, IA | May 07, 2014

I, too, am really enjoying the reruns. I do miss Trudeau's daily take on current events and will be happy when he returns. However, right now I am more than content with the repeats. Thank you for thinking of this.

CLASSIC STRIPS
Steve | US of A | May 06, 2014

I'm loving the classic strips. I started reading Doonesbury right after it went into syndication and I'm surprised how many of these I remember, even after all of these years. Per my admittedly hazy memory, it seems like we're skipping some strips. Are you fast forwarding past some stuff or are you re-running each strip in its original order?

Editor's Note:

 The Classic Doonesbury strips are appearing in order (with just a few tiny adjustments in the earliest sequences). The series began on March 3rd with the very first strip, which originally appeared on October 26, 1970, and is featuring about four weeks of strips from each year of the strip's run. This week we are finishing 1973, and next week move into 1974. You can follow along and read each year in its entirety on Gocomics.com.

HISTORY
Grant | Scituate, MA | May 05, 2014

I'm really, really enjoying the Classic Doonesbury look further back in history. During the hiatus last fall the reruns of more recent strips -- especially the Red Rascal stuff -- was too soon after their original publication. The depth of years of stuff here -- brilliant.

NEWS
James | Alexandria, VA | May 04, 2014

I hate to break it Rick, but "Boehner Seeks Rules Change" would have bombed back in the days of print, too. First rule of headline writing: What's the news? "Boehner Seeks Rules Change" isn't news. "Boehner: Limit Back-Benchers' Power" is inside baseball, but that'd be news. Or if you're at the NY Post: "Boehner To Back-Benchers: Drop Dead."

PLANE STRIP
Linda | Colchester, UK | May 04, 2014

I've been a reader since the early 80s, thanks to the Guardian. I showed the "How did you know it was an American plane?" strip to my daughter (born '84). Her response? "That could be a drone today." The more things change...

WHAT?
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | May 03, 2014

What?! Facts at a Congressional hearing? And the questioner accepts them? I mean, I know it's a fantasy cartoon, but you wouldn't be able to get away with that today.

ENVY OR PITY
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | May 03, 2014

I'm not sure whether to envy or pity those readers who have one favorite strip! How can they choose? I mean: "You got in!" "Big Mac!" "Don't you think they probably have drugstores in California?" "I'm my parents!"

HOW SHE KNOWS
Dennis Swaney | Oroville, CA | May 02, 2014

Looks like we're approaching my all-time favorite daily strip. where a Congressman/Senator asks this little old Cambodian peasant woman how she knows it was an American plane. He says there are big planes, little planes, etc. whereupon she replies with the make, model number, and name of the plane!

TAKE ME BACK
Paul Skinner | Southend-on-Sea, ENGLAND | May 02, 2014

I certainly hope we are going to see Zonker doing his Jacques Cousteau homage in Walden Puddle. These flashbacks take me back to when I discovered Doonesbury in the International Herald Tribune when working for Honeywell in Paris during the late '70s.

LONGTIME READER
Adam Adwon | Tulsa, OK | April 30, 2014

As a Tulsan and longtime reader of the strip who remembers many of the originals in the current Classic Doonesbury retrospective, I am appalled that the Tulsa World has dropped the strip. Michael is from Tulsa! I hope that we will someday be able to read the strip in his hometown again.

MEANINGFUL
Mike R. | Gardnerville, NV | April 28, 2014

If the word "classic" can mean something as meaningful today as when it was created, then today's "bomb" strip is the all-time classic of the Doonesbury collection. Talk about standing the test of time -- unfortunately and tragically.

FUNNY
Chris | St. Augustine, FL | April 28, 2014

Funny that the Blowback from Sunday's strip focuses on the doctor's waiting room time and not the tidbit that an oil exec (propped up by federal tax subsidies) is making EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS AN HOUR.