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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 11/11/2008

The Morning Line: A Day That Shall Live in 'Beetle' Infamy...

By Michael Cavna

Today, "Frazz's" class -- by showing class -- deserves a good star.

A cartoon nod to our veterans... (UFS) Enlarge Comic

"Frazz" is the only strip on the Post's print funnypages noting that today is Veterans Day. Not that we expect every fourth strip to reference the holiday. For instance, we wouldn't necessarily want Bucky Katt to mark the day in his signature style; more than likely, it would be a backhanded salute . No, nobody -- least of all, comics editors -- would want that.

But on this holiday, of course, there is one remiss strip that immediately springs to mind. We'll give you a half-second to think of it. A veteran strip itself...military-oriented...been around since the Korean War.

...but in this strip, not so much. (KFS) Enlarge Comic

Ding-ding-ding! Yep, you are on-the-money, soldier: The strip of all strips that we're sure would pay tribute to America's veterans is "Beetle Bailey." If we are going to live among Camp Swampy's dogfaces all year, you'd think this holiday -- commemorated on Armistice Day -- would at least get a passing nod, even if only a flag or a personal note written near the panel border.

Beetle, you disappoint us; we would bust you a rank, private, but we're told that's impossible to do.


The difference between "Lio" and most other strips featuring tykes can be summed up in comparing today's Lio adventure with the school-bus antics in "Red and Rover."

A knight's hard day. (UPS) Enlarge Comic

Will chase for food. (WPWG) Enlarge Comic

The latter is warmly touching, feel-good fuzzy, and we're reminded of our own boyhood hound who would chase our chugging, smog-coughing school bus.

Then there is Sir Lio, Knight of the Long Bus, who -- donning mail and breastplate and scabbard -- prepares to do battle anon with the pesky foes that bedevil his dark kingdom.

No neck to risk. (KFS)Enlarge Comic

Good luck, Sir Lio -- and Godspeed!

And lastly, we must note -- as we did in a post some weeks back -- that "Dennis the Menace's" ever-lovable scamp is missing, um, a neck. We mention again mostly because a syndicated comic-stripper recently told 'Riffs: "Since you pointed it out, now it's all I can look for!"

Here to serve, fellow comics fans. Here to serve.

By Michael Cavna  | November 11, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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On Friday and Monday, Spiderman was trying to get out of his new handcuffs.

On Saturday he was merrily swinging with arms unencumbered.

Why did he put the cuffs back on?

And wouldn't anyone smart enough to not read this strip* think that, if someone who might be on the side of the law was found at the scene of a crime cuffed and lootless, he might have been put in that situation by the badguys, not be a crook himself?

*self-excluded. I'll read a report on the economic impact of the overpopulation of gopher mites if someone sticks it in the funny pages.

Posted by: f-squared | November 11, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

First comic I looked at, Six Chix, had a ref to Vet's Day. I read online, so I'm not going to check them all, but did you?

Posted by: Stormy1 | November 11, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Regarding Veteran's comics, there is at least one other that did one: Six Chix. It's in the Wapo's comics so check it out!

Posted by: allenofwoodhaven | November 11, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

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