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Posted at 2:58 PM ET, 08/ 6/2008

The Afternoon Line: When "Brewster" and "Sally" Collide

By Michael Cavna

BREWSTER ROCKIT (Tribune Media) Enlarge Comic

SALLY FORTH (King Features) Enlarge Comic

So we're zipping through today's "Brewster Rockit," as our favorite space guy dissolves into a flashback loop, when suddenly we are struck by an intense flashback of our own. Not to a previous "Brewster," but to an eerily familiar... "Sally Forth."

As in: Today's. YOWza. Let's buzz in for a closer look at both:
1. Young brunette woman who's the smartest person in the panel. Check.
2. Woman's open palms are raised to convey impassioned feeling. Check.
3. Slower-witted blond dude (SWBD) raises left hand to his face. Check.
4. Woman stands to the left, SWBD stands to the right. Yessiree.
5. Recent talk of new spawn around the casa. Right-o.
6. Scenes of yet another...flashback!

Holy Yogi Berra! It's like deja-vu all over again. These two toons, unlikely as it is, share a crazy similar blueprint. What the Philbert is going on here?

Did we miss a memo? Or an art manual? Or, when loopy cartoonists simply spend too much time monkeying around with the space(guy)/time continuum, do straaange things begin to happen?
This is all too much to wrap our Pentium-1 noggin around. Let us instead chart a safer course for, oh...

BABY BLUES (King Features) Enlarge Comic

"Baby Blues." Why, just look at Wanda and Darr-- O...M...G.
Are you @#$& kiddin' me?!?

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By Michael Cavna  | August 6, 2008; 2:58 PM ET
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Uh, actually, in the Sally Forth strip, the guy is the smartest person in the panel while the brunette is the slow-witted one.

Posted by: Ryan | August 6, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I thought today's Watch Your Head had a very clever double-entendre in that first frame!

Posted by: Linus Van Pelt | August 6, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Michael, I really appreciate your observations on the artwork in the strips I read every day. You are constantly finding things I would never have noticed on my own. Thanks for the blog!

Posted by: Julia | August 6, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

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