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Posted at 9:05 AM ET, 10/15/2009

'Riffs Picks: From Brylcreem Daydreams to a Premature Pulitzer, Today's Fave Toons

By Michael Cavna

From one lost Man in Khaki to the Pre-Pulitzer Prize, today's fave cartoons culled from across the mighty mighty Web...

Making a swell cameo in today's "PICKLES" strip is...the one and only Mark Trail. (Permalink.) What's this lost "Lost Forest" vision doing in an environment that actually, um, gets irony? And who knew Opal had a thing for dreamy Brylcreemed men in khaki? Now, what's the next step of such a mashup: Earl with Mark's wife -- aka "Cherry Pickles"?
The imagination reels...

3. THE HERBLOCK BOOK: The companion book to the new Library of Congress exhibit is titled "HERBLOCK: The Life and Work of the Great Political Cartoonist." Co-authors Haynes Johnson and Harry Katz will discuss their book in Washington -- today at noon at the library's James Madison Building.

The STEVE BENSON cartoon of today is a gorgeous visual study in black-and-gray. The shell, the snail skin, the organic Obama head. Benson remains one of the best draftsman working today.

We've seen scores of cartoons mocking Obama's controversial Nobel win, but the most creative spin: MATT BORS ("Idiot Box") drafts his personal "call-to-action" vision -- which all quickly becomes a clever meta-spoof on the "politics" of the cartooning Pulitzer. Well-played, Mr. Bors. You're so persuasive in fact that you've convinced us: Our next Pulitzer vote goes to...Jack Ohman.


By Michael Cavna  | October 15, 2009; 9:05 AM ET
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One the same day that Pickles has a visitation from Mark Trail, Betty Boop drops by Mutts. Probably just an eerie coincidence.

P.S. The "permalink" results in a 404 Not Found error.

Posted by: kilby | October 15, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Loved the Steve Benson cartoon - the use of feeler ears is perfect. Matt Bors skewed the Nobel brouhaha perfectly.

The permalink for Pickles worked for me.

Posted by: elyrest | October 15, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I retested the permalink. I do not know why, but it still does NOT work under Safari, although it DOES work fine under Firefox (both browsers under MAC OS X).

Posted by: kilby | October 15, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

permalink worked for me. but the better question is: with all the hunks out there, why Mark Trail? The most boring,out-of-touch,idiot in the comics?

Posted by: 2old2readcomics | October 16, 2009 2:26 AM | Report abuse

2old2readcomics - Mark Trail is the perfect comic man for Opal. The strip has been around since the 1940's so Opal would have read it as a young woman and most likely thought Mark Trail was a hunk. When I was young I thought Mark Trail was cute and he loved animals - the perfect man. Opal likes her cat more than Earl and her life is pretty out of touch and boring so Mark Trail is the right guy for her.

Posted by: elyrest | October 16, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

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