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Posted at 7:15 AM ET, 05/ 7/2009

'Sally Worth'? Now Taking Your Fave Cartoon Mash-Ups

By Michael Cavna

Morning, Cartoon Nation...

Today, I laughed with -- and decidely not at -- "Sally Forth." The reason: The mish-mashup of the would-be band name "REM Speedwagon."


'SALLY FORTH' (KFS)Enlarge Image

Once I got past the startling possibilities of Mikey Stipe warbling "Keep On Loving You," I began to consider: What greatly creative mashups could grace the comics pages? Here is Comic Riffs's official Top Five list. We welcome your suggestions for great cartoon mashups, too.

1. "TANK & ERNEST": "Tank McNamara" can be satirically clever at times, but often readers must wade through a slew of verbiage to get to the punch. On the flip side, "Frank & Ernest" is rarely CLEVER-clever but has the good sense to be pithy about it. In this "new" feature, Tank's long-winded locker-room reports could be cut short by sidekick Ernest's punning. The best -- or worst -- of both worlds!


'TANK MCNAMARA' (UPS)Enlarge Image



'FRANK AND ERNEST' (NEA)Enlarge Image

2. "PEAMUTTS": Charles "Sparky" Schulz personally blessed Patrick McDonnell's "Mutts" when it launched. So it's only right and true that Snoopy mingle with Mooch on a regular basis. Warm fuzzies all around? Yesplease!

3. "GET FRAZZY": Who better to spice up Frazz's philosophical meanderings than Bucky "Cut to the Chase" Katt, who does not suffer philosophers gladly unless they be named McManx.

4. "LITTLE ORPHAN LUANNIE": Who better to teach Daddy Warbucks's little girl the ways of the world than Luann, who seems to be maturing by the week? Annie may know how to belt out "Tomorrow," but Luann can provide an adolescent lesson in what that sexed-up tomorrow of teendom will LOOK like. Plus, perhaps Greg Evans can at last provide poor Annie with some actual pupils. Those peepers STILL creep us out!

5. "BLOOMSBURY": A brand-new strip starring a penguin who inadvertently borrows a couple of concepts from the established "Doonesbury." Wai,t whoops -- this has already been done? Umm...nevermind.

By Michael Cavna  | May 7, 2009; 7:15 AM ET
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Comments

Apartment B.C.: Three career women struggle with life amidst a city of Neanderthal males. Snakes flee in terror at the sight of a club-wielding Margo Magee.

Snuffy Archie: Hootin' Holler and Riverdale exchange Jugheads. Life fails to improve in either place.

Earl Before Swine: The couple in Pickles reminisce about the **big** flu pandemics they endured, prior to this namby-pamby H1N1 virus.

Thelma and Lois: The wives from Family Circus and Hi & Lois abandon their boring husbands and eight annoying kids, grab a Thunderbird convertible, and hit the road to become outlaw heroines.

Boob and Carnal and Ted and Alice: Sally Forth's husband and Dennis Mitchell's mom get involved in a strange new lifestyle when folks from the Judge Parker strip move into their neighborhood.

Posted by: seismic-2 | May 7, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I can't rival those above, but I've been toying with the concept of a garfield-minus-garfield mashup where I'd take the dialog from Zippy the Pinhead and put it into Mark Trail-- or the other way around.

Posted by: johnpage1 | May 8, 2009 6:00 AM | Report abuse

"GET FRAZZY" (cute idea)

Fuzzy and Frazz are sort-of soul mates but Agnes is a WHOLE lot closer to Fuzzy's world.

Which is just as well because WE DON'T GET FRAZZ in WaPo-land!

First he was migrated to the children's page, and now he's gone. Gone. GONNNNE....

Boo Hiss. Yes we noticed!

Thanks a lot you comix-sadists.

Posted by: drmac1 | May 8, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

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