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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 06/12/2009

The Wildest Haircut in the Comics Belongs to...

By The Reliable Source

The early morning roundup, from the eye-catching to the (literally) head-scratching...

'SPIDER MAN' (KFS)Enlarge Image

Seeing Wolverine this week in "Spider-Man," I'm entranced anew by a visual that never fully strikes me when watching Hugh Jackman as the Clawed One: That is one HECK of an insane haircut.

I'm not just talking the de rigueur mutton-chops here. I mean that silhouette in the second panel. Wolvie is part-tabloid "Batboy," part-Eddie Munster -- with a dash of '60s greaser thrown in for good Brylcreemed measure.

Which prompts the Official 'Riffs Reader Question of the Day: Who has the best -- and worst -- haircuts in all of comics?

Off the top of my head -- or rather, the top of theirs -- these characters would be in my Top Five of Coolest 'Dos of All Time:

5. Zippy the Pinhead.
4. Calvin
3. Dagwood Bumstead
2. Storm
1. Linus Van Pelt.

Agree? Disagree? I invite your snipping, brushbacks and baldfaced honesty.


'BLONDIE' (KFS)Enlarge Image

Remember the recent 'Riffs thread about confounded musical "earworms"? Well, Dagwood has instantly accursed my lobes with "Cheeseburger in Paradise." Which means there's only one tune than can properly flush "Cheeseburger" from my addled cranium. And that ditty, of course, would be "Margaritaville."

'BEETLE BAILEY' (KFS)Enlarge Image

'JUDGE PARKER' (NAS)Enlarge Image

When Miss Buxley's done cleaning up the four-letter dingbats in "Beetle Bailey," she should ship out for "Judge Parker," where her services are obviously also required. And while she's there, she might consider joining Sophie at tryouts -- anything to tick off those Crazed Cheerleader Moms From Dante's Ninth Circle.

'MARK TRAIL' (NAS)Enlarge Image

You veteran "Mark Trail" readers already know that this little standoff can end in one of only three ways:

1. Mark bodyblocks this snippy chemical prez smack into tomorrow's panels.

2. Rusty enters to distract Snippy Chemical Prez with his flashbulb while Mark makes a dash for the door.

3. A Ginormous Woodland Creature steps in to disrupt the action, causing Chemical Prez to suddenly see the error of her nature-ravaging ways.

Can't wait to see which it is.

By The Reliable Source  | June 12, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
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Maybe we're taking the Mark Trail strip all wrong. Maybe it's suppose to be funny, not a serious strip.

Posted by: oldgal49er | June 12, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Oh, you're not giving Mark Trail enough credit here, maybe you need to re-read your Hardy Boys mysteries to predict this plot. I predict she will dismiss Mark's complaints out of hand. He will in turn return to the scene of the crime where he will body-block the miscreants in mid-dumping and then return to Ms. Prez with crucial evidence. She will then repent her ways and become an evangelical environmentalist.

Posted by: tws1372 | June 12, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Worst hair: Frazz. Looks like Calvin from Calvin & Hobbes wrestled with a woodchipper and lost.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 12, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

A few months ago Mark learned that a woman-controlled company was draining the Wetlands. Rather than punch her out, he punched out her henchman and his hired thug (menacingly named "Rabbit"!). Mark then took care of the lady boss by rescuing her from a hungry gator, thereby demonstrating to her the havoc her actions were having on the local critters. I suspect this particular plot thread will be pretty much a re-run. And Mark has the coolest hairstyle in comics too - he combs his hair with buttered waffles. (Worst tonsure: Big Nate.)

Posted by: seismic-2 | June 12, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

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