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Re: the Jack Ohman cartoon -- anyone else have flashbacks to Blazing Saddles?

Mary McNeil

As we used to remind ourselves during contract negotiations with the school board :"You can tell when they're lying - their lips move."

I enjoyed Gilchrist's "Nancy" (I've read Nancy all my life.)

Kip W

Gilchrist pretty much embalmed Nancy, fetishizing the Bushmiller tics (bashing us over the head with three rocks) that had been pointed out by Bill Griffith and others, and turned it into a sappy strip full of Hallmark card sentiments and Aunt Fritzi spending strip after strip blubbering over dead pop stars.

The only one I've seen who carried the strip on in somewhat authentic fashion was Al Plastino, the comic chameleon, though I was happy to see the Gilchrist takeover after Scott's zombie stint. At first.

Let it lapse. Nancy's been around my whole life, and I own an original Bushmiller Sunday page, but I don't like seeing a continuation so cloying. Maybe Joe Staton or Jim Scancarelli will put a tribute to her in one of their strips.

Mark Jackson

The syndicate could turn Nancy over to Bobby London. I hear he's available.

Kip W

I used to be annoyed by London's slavish copying of Herriman and Segar. Still, it gave me a larf when The World Encyclopedia of Comics used an illustration of his mistakenly in their entry on Herriman. It was a pretty close copy of a real Herriman page.

But I had to hand it to him! His work on Popeye exceeded my expectations. It was not only original and funny, but it proceeded from the characters and then went forward, and I was really sad when he danced too close to a societal fault line in a family strip and got canned. His choice to do two panels was a bold way to deal with the shrinking size of the strips—a peril for someone with a very busy 'classic' style.

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