Sunday Comics

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ILLUSTRATION: Ode to my favorite newspaper section.

Creator: Robert L. Kline Jr.   

When I was a kid, I remember getting up early Sunday mornings and running downstairs, quickly weaving my way into the nook where my father left the Akron Beacon Journal strewn on the table after reading it. I would sift through all of the sections like a crazed animal until finally finding what I had been waiting for all week: The Sunday Comics.

Something about those giant folded pages absolutely fascinated me. I loved the crazy characters, the sometimes humorous jokes, but most of all I just admired the way they looked. The way they were drawn just made me happy. I would actually keep the comics after I was done reading them and started a huge collection out in the garage. I remember years went by and finally we had to throw them all away because they started disintegrating with age. It was a sad day.

When I was teaching myself to cartoon way back when, I decided to do a huge homage to all of my favorite comics in the paper that day (mind you this is back in 1995).

Check it out and see how many you can pick out:

  1. Bloom County (I loved Bill The Cat and Opus)
  2. Calvin and Hobbes
  3. Funky Winkerbean
  4. The Far Side
  5. Foxtrot
  6. Doonesbury
  7. Mother Goose and Grim
  8. For Better Of Worse
  9. Garfield
  10. Hagar The Horrible
  11. Crankshaft
  12. Hi and Lois
  13. Jump Start
  14. Blondie
  15. Beatle Baily
  16. Marvin
  17. Baby Blues
  18. B.C.
  19. The Wizard of Id
  20. Peanuts
  21. Ziggy
  22. The Middlestons
  23. Shoe
  24. Cathy

Years later, I have to say that my wife and I actually fight over who gets to read the comics first while eating breakfast. Funny but true.

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