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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 11/26/2008

The Morning Line: Holiday Highlights in a Hurry

By Michael Cavna


NECKLESS BOY MAKES PLEA TO
SAVE TURKEY THAT STILL HAS ONE

Some days, we feel positively sorry for the lovable scamp. Poor, poor Dennis:

Born without a neck, a change of clothes or even WALLS. No wonder he spends so much time over at Mr. Wilson's swank, standing-wall manor: Dad apparently had to ax the background artist's job before turning his blade to Tommy Turkey.

BRUNETTE SHEEP OF THE FAMILY
PROPOSES BIZARRE TRYPTOPHAN PACT

Mom (aka "Grinch Mitts" -- just look at those hands) continues to pepper her grown spawn with not-so-veiled criticism as only a mutha can. Her putdowns are so withering, she has the power to drive an entire brood to early hibernation. (Let the record show: We laughed aloud.)

BAND OF WINGED INSECTS FILCHES iPODS
IN PLOT TO HEAR FABLED "IRON BUTTERFLY"

Great cutaway to the third-panel visual -- though we are left to ponder: What WOULD insects listen to had they access to an infinite playlist? Dixie Hummingbirds? The Beatles, Buddy Holly's Crickets and "Superfly"? Anything but Wings??

MARK TRAIL 1, SAM DRIVER 0
Sam, it seems, is far less successful at talking femme-fatales out of their evil agendas than Our Man in Khaki, Mark Trail. Mark had Sue swooning like a schoolgirl with a fondness for strip-mining. "Noir Sam," meantime, is still staring down the barrel of a handgun. (If it's any consolation, Sammy, it IS a splendidly rendered handgun.) Then again, the Exotic-Dancing Sharpshooter is as lethal as anything this side of Kim Basinger or Barbara Stanwyck. If only Comic-Strip Cross-Pollination would allow Mark Trail to ride to the rescue.

Which of today's comics made headlines for you? We're alert and standing by, unless the Forth tryptophan suddenly kicks in.

By Michael Cavna  | November 26, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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Comments

Pearls made me laugh aloud this morning and reminded me of a Bart quote from the Simpsons: No one ever suspects the butterfly.

Posted by: boutros23 | November 26, 2008 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Mark Trail reminds me of an old saying: When you're up to your a** in alligators it's tough to remember your objective was to drain the swamp.
Go get more alligators!

Posted by: jimbo1949 | November 26, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I so much wish that Dixie Julep were the long-lost sister of Sally Forth and Jackie. Can we send her to join that family reunion?

Posted by: seismic-2 | November 26, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

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