The Morning Line: Cartoons That Just "Kill"...
A standup comic once offhandedly shared with us what audiences laugh the most at: "Nothing 'kills' like death."
If that's the case, then today's Post toons are the height of hilarity. From the philosophical to the literal, they're to die for.
1. PICKLES: What we've long appreciated about "Pickles" is how often, tonally, it gets the dialogue between a long-married couple so RIGHT. We have a "Greatest Generation" couple in our family who swears Brian Crane is listening in on their conversations (always the highest compliment with such strips). "Pickles" takes a deft angle on the obits that's pitch-perfect. Huzzahs, Mr. Crane.
2. LIO: Perhaps this, too, says something about our extended relations, but we have another relative who, according to family lore, once built a similar toy "Let them eat cake!" guillotine as part of the grade-school class project. Only difference here is that Lio forgot the barrow that carts off the noggins. (Sacre bleu!) We think Mark Tatulli pulls off this gag with a simple artfulness that's worth saluting.
3. JUDGE PARKER: And then there's the most jarring image on the "funny" pages: A guy sprawled dead on the golf course, as stiff as whatever Rat is drinking this week (in "Pearl Before Swine's" Hemingway spoofage). Not often does a comic suddenly pivot from golf-shot to rifle-shot, but one thing is certain: ol' man Cheatham is left with one heckuva bad lie.
We invite your comments -- which of today's comics are to die for, and which read like death warmed over?
| August 20, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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