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Posted at 7:30 AM ET, 03/ 1/2011

CHARLIE SHEEN HUMOR: The 9 Most Eye-Catching Cartoons (So Far) [UPDATED]

By Michael Cavna

Note: This was originally posted at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.


The more the spotlight-addicted Charlie Sheen boasts of such things as "tiger blood," the more opportunistic humorists are going to tap that ripe comedy vein.

The self-orbiting Sheen is continuing his talk-show binge Tuesday, as ratings-hungry hosts trip over themselves to turn over the mike to the "Two and a Half Men" raconteur. Sheen, he of the high-powered F-18 mouth, is now providing such a constant stream of quotable fodder, Comic Riffs expects it's only a matter of minutes before someone begins using his sound bites or rapidly followed new tweets as New Yorker cartoon captions -- a la the tweets of Sheen's fellow eccentric egocentric, Kanye West. (And really, a George Booth porch-dweller bragging on his high-flyin' hottie lifestyle might be just the trick to prick the collective gasbaggery of these drooling-host interviews.)

(Update: Ask and ye shall retrieve. Comic Riffs said this morning it was anticipating the eventual (and inevitable) Charlie Sheen/New Yorker Cartoon mash-ups. Now, Matt Stopera has delivered this afternoon with this gallery of Sheen-adapted captions.)

The first genuinely funny cartoon we came across last week was Michael Kupperman's "Good Ol' Charlie Sheen," a simple but effective send-up using the first-ever "Peanuts" strip -- that now-classic from October 1950. (The ever-deft Kupperman, btw -- author of "Tales Designed to Thrizzle" -- also has an excellent illustration accompanying an Ian Frazier "Shouts & Murmurs" riff in the latest New Yorker mag. (See how swiftly this all comes full circle?)

olsheen.png image courtesy of Michael Kupperman (click here to see larger image)

Perhaps inspired by Kupperman, Jimmy Kimmel -- on his late-night ABC show -- put the same sort of twin-Charlie mash-up into animated form:

JIMMY KIMMEL:


Meanwhile, Sheen's new rounds of ranting have now provided King Features cartoonist Francesco "Ces" Marciuliano ("Sally Forth") with multiple installments of his inspired "Medium Large" silliness -- pairing Charlie's pearls of wit and wisdom with web-ready kitty pictures for "Cats Quote Charlie Sheen." ("I Can Haz Tiger Blood"?) A few more days of Sheen's chat-show rants and Marciuliano -- who is racking up the page-views -- will have a quick-press non-comic paperback on his hands. (If Sheen really cares about cashing in, he'll trademark his feline-friendly quotes asap, now that his mouth is a one-man cottage industry.)

sheencat.jpg image courtesy of Francesco Marciuliano (click here to see the full gallery)

And because eventually, so much pop-culture parody finds a way to graft itself onto "Family Circus" or "Garfield," now arrives "Sheen Family Circus" as sure as death, taxes and -- what's that? -- yes, here's another Sheen morning interview now.

Ah, and here arrives the cartoon cavalry in Next Media Animation, the Taiwan-based House of Satire that stays busier than James Franco on winter break.

NEXT MEDIA ANIMATION:

When Sheen begins waxing on about otherworldly powers beyond the comprehension of us mere terrestrial mortals, the comics fan can't help but think one thing: Superman! (And other interplanetary superheroes.) Sure enough, over at ComicsAlliance, artist Chris Haley and writer Curt Franklin (of the webcomic "Let's Be Friends Again") have twinned Charlie's sound-bites with some of comics' greatest heroes.

And then, of course, the nation's editorial cartoonists have gotten in their good licks, to boot. To wit:

BRIAN FAIRRINGTON:
sheen1.jpg (image courtesy of cagle.com)

STEVE KELLEY:
sheen2.jpg

CHRIS BRITT:
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By Michael Cavna  | March 1, 2011; 7:30 AM ET
Categories:  General  | Tags:  Brian Fairrington, Charlie Sheen, Chris Britt, Chris Haley, Curt Franklin, Francesco Marciuliano, Jimmy Kimmel, Matt Stopera, Michael Kupperman, Next Media Animation, Sheen Family Circus, Steve Kelley  
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Comments

Great cartoon! This is a sad situation If Charlie Sheen's behavior is not an endorsement for drug testing your teens, I don't know what is. This is not cool. Being an alcoholic, drug induced, Hollywood power player with porn stars is not the way to go through life. It's setting a terrible example to young men everywhere. This is why parents need to step up and drug test their children to keep them clean. This didn't start overnight with stardom. Charlie probably has been using for years. Myteensavers has seen this type of behavior. It's disturbing! The solution for Charlie and other people who use drugs is a Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit.

Posted by: sotospeaks | March 1, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

weak stuff

Posted by: jiji1 | March 1, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I don't really feel comfortable laughing at him, he is so obviously very ill. It's like people in the 18th century going to Bedlam to poke the lunatics with sticks.

Posted by: marshlc | March 1, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

@marshlc:

I do believe that most people absolutely want to see Charlie Sheen get help, get right and stay clean. For many -- including his brand-new 400,000-plus Twitter followers today -- there's a certain "can't-look-away" factor right now as he goes on every talk show short of Nancy Grace.

--M.C.

Posted by: cavnam | March 1, 2011 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Other than the fact that the media needs to talk about something, I think folks oughta gettup offa Charlie's case. I belong to an entire generation of smokers, poppers,shooters and snorters. For the most part sooner or later we all gottit; gettin trashed is counter productive. Feels good but you eventually crash. With that crash comes the hard learned lessons that go with drug abuse.So now its time for Charlie to learn those lessons just like all those other people born from 1945 to 1960.Some of that gang are still livin on the other side of the looking glass but not many. Somebody once said with great power comes great responsibility.Well Charlie is pretty powerful on a social and financial level but he's obviously irresponsible.That tells me that life is and will be serving Mr. Sheen a good healthy dose of hard knocks. Thats a good thing and he has a right to that good thing just like the rest of us. I say let Charlie fall and let him fall hard if need be but Im definitely opposed to making a side show of this trying time in his life. Malicious satire will not help this guy. Quiet detached vigilance on the part of anyone that cares about the welfare of another human being is what is called for. Anyway, so what if hes a rich movie star, the dude made me laugh.

Posted by: kenyondarylking1 | March 8, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

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