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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 07/17/2009

At One Certain Syndicate, Love and Loss Are King

By The Reliable Source

The early a.m. roundup of today's 'toons, from the lovelorn to the lack of juris prudence...

Today's test: Gaze across these four strips and find two elements they have in common: :


'JUDGE PARKER' (NAS)Enlarge Image

'SALLY FORTH' (KFS)Enlarge Image

'ZITS' (KFS)Enlarge Image

The most obvious, of course, is that they all concern themselves with affaires d'amour -- matters of the heart, or lack thereof. (And whether "Hagar" strikes as a meta-commentary on the writing itself, I'll leave that for you to decide today.)

The other element, though, is that all four comics are properties of King Features Syndicate ("Judge Parker's" North America Syndicate is an affiliate). Which gets this Riffster to mulling: What's in the water -- if not the air -- these days at King Features?

Now granted, you can find the ever-lovin' topic of love in so many strips on any given day. But today, at least, this King Foursomes seems to have more pathos -- or passion -- than most others on The Post pages.

Pure coincidence? Probably. Still, to be safe, can somebody please check the plumbing -- as it were -- 'round Manhattan's Seventh Avenue?

(What's that? Yes, exactly. Just like Judge Randy up there, my tongue is firmly planted in cheek.)


Congratulations to Seth McFarlane's "Family Guy," the Fox series that yesterday become the first animated show to be nominated in the comedy category since "The Flintstones" in -- yabba-yabba--Duude! -- yes, way back in 1961. It's worth remembering that the series survived Fox canceling it -- twice! -- only to be rescued by DVD sales and cable ratings.

Now, of course, in a rather tremendous turnaround, Fox has all but turned over its post-"Simpsons" Sunday lineup to McFarlane -- for "Family Guy," "American Dad" and the soon-to-debut "Cleveland Park." Talk about your last laughs.

By The Reliable Source  | July 17, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
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Yeah, I agree that the King romantic quartet was a coincidence. After all, the themes they each took on love were very different. Today's Hagar reminds me of old, before-Snoopy-could-walk-on-two-legs Peanuts.

Speaking of Fox' other famously canned cartoon, how amazing is it that "Futurama" will be back on TV with new episodes next year? Good news, everyone! DVD sales can save any animation from the cancelation grave.

Posted by: goldpress | July 17, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

arrrgh! I've been tricked into viewing 2 abhorrent strips (middle ones). Usually it's fun to find 3 strips or more with same theme.

Enjoy your riffs.

Posted by: perrywho | July 17, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

It's not just the Judge; check out yesterday and today's (July 16 and 17) Luann. The title character's brother is finally getting a little busy with the woman he's been yearning about for years.

Posted by: greggwiggins | July 17, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I'd have to buy a bigger monitor to see that they are from the same syndicate just by looking at the online images. I think the primary similarity is that none of the four is particularly funny (and only the second strip is intended to be dull by design, the other three are supposed to be amusing).

All four have a purported connection with "love", but in fact #1 and #3 are dealing with "relationships", whereas #2 and #4 are talking about "sex". Unfortunately, newspaper censors would never have permitted "Zits" to depict the organ that is actually at the root of the matter.

Posted by: kilby | July 17, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

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