Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Funday Sunnies

Back when I was young, there were no websites collecting newspaper comics. The only way to read them was to read the newspaper.  Since my Dad objected to the idea of paying for a newspaper he could read for free at work, the comics supply was quite limited.  My mother's uncle lived in Lawrence, MA and used to mail her the Sunday comics page from the Tribune which was done in the format of a booklet, one big 6 or 8 panel full color comic per page.  They called it the Funday Sunnies (as a play on Sunday Funnies).  That's how I read Heathcliff, Mary Worth, Garfield, the Family Circus, B.C., Andy Capp, and many more back in the day.  It almost makes me feel old to think about how low-tech it was back then...but what a great and unique format it was the comics page. 

Steve Kelly's Cartoons: Monopoly Cat from

My older sister (well, one of them....God knows I have enough older sisters to field a baseball team) was nice enough to pass this cartoon on to me for a laugh.  As she no doubt remembers the Funday Sunnies and hours of Monopoly and other board games (we weren't allowed to watch TV and "rot our brains" as children).  I do wonder if that is a Chance or Community Chest card, though. Does it have a picture of the Monopoly Guy sleeping next to his cat, or the cat dressed like Monopoly Guy? Does the cat lounge waiting for food replace jail?  I NEED ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS!


Nancy by Guy Gilchrist:
Nancy and Sluggo here have been around forever.  Those beady black eyes always seemed creepy  to me.  Look at the stereotype Italian pizza maker: same beady eyes. He has two freaky looking kids outside his kitchen window, and he holds up the pizza to show it to them? Is he trying to scare them off because their freakish appearance is scaring off customers? What is going on here?   

Rabbits Against Magic by Jonathan Lemon:

Hah. Nice little surprise ending here. It really had me drawn in with the constitutional debate that I was totally surprised by the reveal at the end.  Well done, Lemon. Well done, indeed.


Birdbrains by Thom Bluemel:
What? The groundhog doesn't come out on Groundhog day and he starts effecting economic trends and national unemployment rates?  I understand the six weeks as in the groundhog myth and spring or winter prediction, but is this supposed to be predicting the job market? Is he supposed to be fired? I am confused by this. Very, very confused again.


Adam@Home by Brian Basset:
I like this strip today.  I'm not entirely sure why.  I think it reminds me of my wife and I (I'm the goofy looking slob, she's attractive). Hey! I meant that we have bizarre silly conversations like this still. Very cute.  Not anything rib-tickling or annoyingly punny, but warm and cute. When there's two feet of snow outside, I can deal with warm and cute. 


Have a great Sunday, everyone! Thanks again for reading. I appreciate it!


Andy,  February 11, 2013 at 11:47 AM  

Regarding Monopoly Cat: You may be aware of Francesco Marciuliano, who writes Sally Forth. Anyway, he also has a funny website, Medium Large, and there you can find the rules for the new cat piece (Ces is a cat person):

BostonSportPage.Com February 11, 2013 at 12:59 PM  

That's awesome, Andy. Thanks for the link!

Anonymous,  July 31, 2013 at 4:33 PM  

I have a box full of the Funday Funnies from the 70's. What should I do with them?

Anonymous,  July 31, 2013 at 4:34 PM  

I meant Funday Sunnies

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