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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 10/23/2008

The Morning Line: One Story for the Price of Two

By Michael Cavna

Somedays, "Mark Trail" and "Judge Parker" seem like similar strips. Except for today, that is, when they are the EXACT same strip.

Even the tree rodents know what lies ahead. (NAS) Enlarge Comic

Do not forget the name "Jim Yelich"! (NAS) Enlarge Comic

Compare and contrast, side by side. So much alike, and not just because Mark Trail and "JP's" Sam Driver -- rugged, thirtysomething men with slick, dark hair and a full closet of khaki cargo shirts -- look like twins sons of different mothers.

Today, both Women of Interest are inviting our jaunty, cartoon-chaste heroes to hang out and bask in their swell and sultry company, if only for purely professional reasons, you understand. All on the up and up, wink-wink. Both women are making their respective agenda PERFECTLY CLEAR.

Doth they protest too much?

We can only hope these parallel storylines continue in this delicious direction. If so, the only significant difference will be that: In "Judge Parker," the suspicious characters die. In "Mark Trail," it's only entire ecosystems that go toes-up.

By Michael Cavna  | October 23, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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Another difference:

in MT we can expect to see a dog fight.

in JP we can expect to see a cat fight.

Posted by: f2 | October 23, 2008 8:11 AM | Report abuse

I find the artwork in JP to be better when it comes to drawing humans; (kudos to MT for it's ginormous animals, tho). However, I think the sunglasses depicted are just, well, odd.

BTW, JP far more likely, it seems to me, for the artist to spin out of control with a truly racy storyline and get not just censored, but banned.

No real danger of that in MT.

Posted by: JkR | October 23, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

With any luck, the upcoming raccoon-vs-dog fight that has been advertised in the Wetlands Post Office in MT will feature Sneaky from MT versus Snowflake from JP.

Posted by: seismic-2 | October 24, 2008 4:46 AM | Report abuse

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