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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 09/15/2008

The Morning Line: When Palin Populates the Funnies

By Michael Cavna

"Doonesbury." "Candorville." "Prickly City." Even "Get Fuzzy."

The Sarah Palin phenomenon has escalated to Category 5 so quickly -- not just politically, but comedically (witness Tina Fey's "Saturday Night Live" take over the weekend) -- that the candidate even seems to dominate the funnies some days. And why not? Cartoonists are smart enough to follow the cultural heat.

"Prickly City," for example, introduced a faux female veep candidate, then quickly pivoted to capitalize on the real one. (Today, the strip invokes "Palin envy.")

The faux veep candidate is thwarted by the real one. (UPS) Enlarge Comic

And Saturday's "Get Fuzzy" continued its Sarah Palin/Michael Palin punning.

And now for something completely Palinesque... (UPS) Enlarge Comic

But then, these are strips we expect to be topical. What would happen should Palintology spread throughout the comics? Imagine the tongue-in-cheek possibilities:

1. CUL DE SAC: Upon discovering Palin is a long-lost aunt, Petey moves to Alaska for the winter, only to fear rogue caribou day and night. He stares at the Northern Lights and contemplates why Palin insists on calling him "Rig."

2. MARK TRAIL: Cherry Trail gets wildly jealous after Mark and Sarah Palin team up to fight Big Oil. Ever the conservationist, though, Mark leaves Juneau disillusioned when Sarah bags more than the limit of moose.

Upon self-reflection, Opus sees himself as dashing as...Todd Palin? (WPWG)Enlarge Comic

3. OPUS: Speaking of fish and game, Palin offers a tax credit to whoever can bag the not-so-mythical Basselope. Opus mulls retiring to a life of herring and North Slope snugglebunnies. Big Oil suddenly puts Steve Dallas on retainer.

4. SALLY FORTH: In his endless quest for a friend, Ted invites Todd Palin over for red wine and "Battlestar Galactica." Todd says "thanks but no thanks" to Ted's friendship.

We turn the funny pages over to you: What comics would you have Sarah Palin -- or any of the other candidates -- visit between now and Election Day?

By Michael Cavna  | September 15, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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It's like you read my mind...

Posted by: rt | September 15, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone catch Andy Samberg's imitation of "Cathy" during SNL's Weekend Update? She's highly lampoon-able but I think he missed the mark here. He overplayed it and his voice was far too screechy. But it brings up a question: What should Cathy sound like?

Posted by: J May | September 15, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Granny Clampett.

Posted by: whosis | September 15, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Great, thinking about what Cathy would sound like has rendered my pending vasectomy moot, saving both money and discomfort.

Posted by: anon | September 15, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

She is such a rich source of new material I would expect her to dominate the funny pages for a long time.

Posted by: Bryce Baker | September 15, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Accidental or not, the timing of today's Wall Street-themed "Non Sequitur" deserves a nod.

Posted by: Non Sequitur Actually Not Today | September 15, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Man o Man I cannot wait for this election to be over. If this is democracy in action we're all in big trouble. I keep wondering if Harry Truman made the funny papers, as my Grandma used to say.

Posted by: ease99 | September 15, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Sara could be a villain in Spiderman.

Posted by: Gooby | September 16, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Sherman's Lagoon: Have Sherman's wife run for VP.

Posted by: _kt_ | September 16, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

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