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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/ 8/2009

The Morning Line: When Comics Give Us the Come-Hither

By Michael Cavna

Is it just me, or is it getting hot in here?

"Other Women" -- lying in wait all over the comics, like lethal tarted-up harlots -- seem to be all the rage (and sometimes literal rage) this month. I must have missed the memo, but apparently: Tramp is the new black.

We turn to "Mark Trail" and our titular hero -- inside our Brylcreemed star beats the heart of a monk -- recently spurned Sue. (The power of Mark's purity is so awesome, it seems that he has not only rebuffed temptation, but has converted Sue to a higher eco-calling in the process.)

Then on to "Judge Parker," and the Pleather Detective -- looking as if she's auditioning for "CSI: Scottsdale" -- is looking for any possible reason to "detain" the very-much-married Sam Driver.

Today, though, this comics trend gets its most delicious twist: Sally Forth finally shows cracks in that sly-ironic facade that has served her so coolly for decades. Sally, it seems, faces only two real comic options as hubby Ted continues to be snagged in Aria the Office Geek's sly web:

1. Remain her usual aloof and snarky self to such a degree that Ted -- finally having located his manhood more than a decade after (allegedly) siring a spawn -- is repelled by her Wall of Detached Irony. Emotionally adrift and barely tethered to the marriage -- think floating astronauts, a la "2001: A Space Odyssey" -- our little blond Last Starfighter lands at last in Aria's arms.


2. Sally's finally revived fiery passion -- long dampened by the weight of dry office one-liners -- fuels in Ted strange feelings he hasn't experienced since, oh, the last "Sally Forth" flashback to the '90s.

SALLY FORTH: Inside wry Sally beats the heart of a jealous spouse. (KFS) Enlarge Comic

Let your flag of fury fly, Mrs. Forth. When it comes to comic passion, remember: Where there's smoke, there's ire.

By Michael Cavna  | January 8, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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Sally's snit of misdirected jealousy shows that at heart she can be just as much a shrew as her much-maligned mother. She has always been manipulative and controlling (and, at least in the estimation of her former boss and now office rival Ralph, ruthless and scheming), but now she is coming across as completely unsympathetic and unlikeable. I find detective Heidi Hottie much more appealing than Sally as someone I'd like to read about. I would suggest that in the "Judge Parker" strip, Sam Driver needs to be put out to pasture and replaced by Heidi as the central character! Can the Judge move to Scottsdale?

Posted by: seismic-2 | January 8, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Seismic! That's so, uh, Seismic! Yes, the hawt Detective to join the firm! Watch out unattached copy repair men....

Sam needs to get back to the even hawter Abby (to continue their celibate lifestyle) quick.

Posted by: JkR- | January 8, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

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