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The Saturday Comics: Alley Oop, May 2015

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May 16, 2015

Saturday Comics likes to check in on classic strips and see how they are faring in the modern age. Alley Oop began in 1932 and is still lurching along, I checked in on it in 2011 and again in 2012. I wasn’t impressed. In fact, in 2011 I was convinced they had stooped so as low as to be ripping me off! (And if you are ripping off Mr. Blog’s Tepid Timewaster, that’s low.)

Before going on, it would be very helpful to you to read that 2012 run, as it is very similar to this week’s run. Just click here.

Back then, I complained that it was slow moving and really, nothing much happened in that series. Now let’s see what’s happening right now, in the weeks ending with May 15. I can’t wait!

oop 2015

Please note that I have no copyright or ownership of Alley Oop, nor is any implied.

Well that sucked.

Talk about long goodbyes! OK, I had the misfortune to come in at the end of a storyline, but how long is it going to take to start the next one? I think nine days is long enough to get moving, especially considering that the majority of the strips are concerned with characters who are leaving the storyline, and presumably won’t be seen again, or at least for quite some time.

But man, nine days? Do I really want to stick around? No I do not.

And to make matters worse, here is the Sunday strip that went in the middle of all that.

Alley Oop Comic

Seriously?

Wow, I could have skipped all the dailies and just read the Sunday strip. Some strips have separate Sunday stories, some continue the weekly story, this one is just a recap! (And the art is recycled from the weeklies too.)

This strip used to be huge. What the heck happened? Dick Tracy still manages to be a fun and well-written strip after all these years so I can’t blame age. I think this strip (and yes, this is a very limited view of the strip) needs an injection of new blood.

I’ll check back in another three years. I’m sure that by then Oop will be, well, probably about the same.

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7 Responses to “The Saturday Comics: Alley Oop, May 2015”

  1. Soundbybeatz May 16, 2015 at 12:09 am #

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  3. zathra May 16, 2015 at 12:59 am #

    Some comic strips age well, some ” jump the shark ” in TV parlance & have the grace to fade away with the sunset, some linger – the Family Circus comes to mind – well past their expiration date. Alley Oop definitely looks dated, & of course, Alley & Oola stick out like sore thumbs in came – man / person attire ( Although Oola looks rather sexy, TBH ).

    I haven’t read a comic page in awhile. Is Dick Tracy still around ? I mean they predicted a ship – load of fancy gadgets, & he had the rogues gallery 2nd only to Batman’s.

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    • bmj2k May 16, 2015 at 1:14 am #

      You can find Dick Tracy at the Go Comics site and it is excellent.

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      • zathra May 16, 2015 at 1:53 am #

        Yahoo or Google used to have the comics, new & classics as part of their home page ( s ). Seems like 95 – 97 % of my reading is online articles as well as selections from books. Progress….. A mixed bag.

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        • bmj2k May 16, 2015 at 2:00 am #

          I read news online but I love books.

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          • zathra May 16, 2015 at 2:38 am #

            I like the real thing, but the Internet has practically put every book, magazine / magazine / newspaper article, play, movie, TV episode & musical piece at our fingertips.

            Really – If the internet collapsed, whatever, tomorrow, we’d go back to the 1920’s- 1930’s in many ways.

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