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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 04/16/2009

Morning Line: On the Trail of the 'Judge Parker' Artist...

By Michael Cavna

Are you missing your fix of artist Eduardo Barreto -- aka the Man Who Revivified "Judge Parker"? Well, Mike Rhode -- keeper of the excellent blog comicsDC -- alerts us that Barreto is also busy these days with an adaptation of the sci-fi novel-form adventure "Sword of Venus."

In an interview on the Con's site, Barreto says of the new artistic venture: "I think that [Otis Adelbert's] Kline's work captures the classic flavor of the early stages of science fiction. Kline gives us fast paced, adventure filled stories with bigger than life heroes, villains, a gorgeous queen, swordplay, ray guns and alien monsters.

"I agree that there is nothing new here, but I believe that today's audience might find it refreshing in an age where "hard-techno science fiction" rules."

As we await a final verdict on the "Judge" (and I'm assured that the jury is still out, as feedback continues to roll in), the thought of new Barreto works whets our appetites.



I intend absolutely zero snarkiness when I ask with full sincerity: Where-o-where is the "joke" in "Hagar the Horrible" -- or even the feigned attempt at one? With no overt Hagarian gag, today's strip is almost -- dare I say it -- sweet. Surely not what I'm trained to expect from this spouse-kvetching, soul-pillaging strip.


No-brainer prediction: Today's "Rhymes With Orange" will soon pepper many a campus bulletin board, if not a few newsroom, to boot.


Mike Peters couldn't have picked a better week to mine the Obamas' First Dog for material. "Mother Goose" feels as timely as a webcomic, even.


In today's "Baby Blues," the first two panels set us up for countless fertile punch lines -- so much so, we almost prefer to stop before the third panel and make up our own. If you've got a different one you like, we're all ears.

By Michael Cavna  | April 16, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
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The Rhymes With Orange would have been funnier if she'd just said, "...then told us to do more with fewer."

Posted by: tomtildrum | April 16, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Barreto's work is the goods.

And, he has turned Judge Parker around.

And, what does the Post do? Kill it?

Does anyone besides Cavna read the comics over at the Post? Or do all the Editors read spreadsheets of data?

Bring back Judge Parker to the print version of the WaPo!!!

Posted by: catman2530 | April 16, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

"Why is Zoe heading to the bathroom with a pool skimmer and a bicuspid?"

Posted by: chibbs2000 | April 17, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

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