The E-Mailbag: Bucky and Beetle? Them's Fightin' Words
Some weeks ago, I offered thoughts on how to revivify "Beetle Bailey's" relevance. One of my toss-off suggestions: Have Beetle go to war.
So imagine my surprise when I saw that in this morning's strip, Beetle and Plato give the appearance -- and commentary -- of having gone to war. Zoinks! Did I miss a week of run-up to a sudden surge?
Turns out, the Camp Swampy gang is not in combat at all, but rather again participating in military exercises. The strip's soldiers have done this before, of course, but somehow, the dialogue was enough that I could imagine otherwise.
"Beetle and Plato are participating in war games in the strip," "Beetle" co-cartoonist Brian Walker tells Comic Riffs. "Hopefully, Beetle and his buddies will remain perpetually in boot camp and never face the horrors of real combat. It is a humor strip after all."
Regardless of the setting, it's the dialogue's age-old truism (perhaps warriors have been saying this since elephants first crossed the Khyber Pass) that prompts us to pin "Beetle" with its first Riffy.
Our other awards this week go to:
GET FUZZY: As mentioned in this space earlier, this week's debate storyline has been not only funny, but has made for great commentary. I'm in complete agreement with commenter Jayelle, in fact, who posted this week (of "Fuzzy" and "Brewster Rockit"): "They're not only making points, but the strips have stayed funny and true to their characters." (And speaking of "Get Fuzzy," this just in: The strip's fourth treasury collection, "The Potpourrific Great Big Grab Bag," will be released this month.)
TANK McNAMARA: Meantime, a lighthearted Miffy goes to the tart-tongued "Tank" strip today. We don't know whether to be more offended on behalf of the Washington Nationals or on behalf of writers. And if you're The Post's excellent Nats beat writer, Chico Harlan, have you just been doubly insulted?
We also offer Riffys (in no particular order) to some recent Comments inspired by our poll to determine which strip you would boot from The Post's funnypages. ("Zippy the Pinhead" outpointed runner-up "Prickly City.") Here were some of our fave responses:
1. Drop Judge Parker? As Dixie lounges around in a bikini top? What's the matter with you people?
[Posted by: Mike Rhode]
2. Beetle and Peanuts (and Garfield) are gateway drugs. They're the reason my youngest picks up the newspaper.
[Posted by: f2 ]
3. It was a tough choice, but I had to go with Family Circus just on principle. My hatred of that strip smoulders deep within my soul.
[Posted by: Drew ]
| October 3, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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