Alley Oop by Jack and Carole Bender

Alley Oop

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  1. Estrelita Phillips

    Estrelita Phillips said, over 4 years ago

    For those who would like to see how Alley’ s stories USED to progress, I discovered a web page which has seventeen pages of a story arc which was run in 1957, back in the day when Alley was still the brain child of V.T. Hamlin. There are seventeen pages, with four strips per page. I discovered that it is very easy to print these pages out to read them later. In this story, Alley takes a trip to the pre-Civil War South and runs in to some River Boat Gamblers.

    Don’t know if this will work or not – Go Comics seems to take a dim view of people posting links. However, in case Go comics comes around and disables the link, you can always find the link again by googling Alley Oop Wikipedia. On the bottom of the page is a notation which says: 1957 Alley Oop Sequence.


    The I Love Comicx Archive also has a bunch of vintage Alley Oop strips

    ALLEY OOP Vintage Strips at

  2. jhughey

    jhughey said, over 4 years ago

    @Estrelita Phillips

    Thanks for the links, Estrelita!

  3. Robert Briggs

    Robert Briggs said, over 4 years ago

    maybe the new dinosaur is Dinny’s friend to help carry them


    FENRISULFR said, over 4 years ago

    david42, Night-Gaunt49 and Teresa: thanks ever so much for the “model release.” The whole thing I’m trying for here is
    satire with verisimilitude. So whatever quotes I use would just be the ones Jack and Carole might pick up on, if this all this silliness was happening in the real world. Thus, Jack, “fishing for compliments” starts reading the earliest comments at and is aghast to find that they are not all that they should be. He runs across several of my comments dealing with John Norman’s Chronicles of Counter-Earth and is stunned that his wife Carole was not the first to conceive of an “Earth Two.” Jack reads several of my comments which are not flattering to John Normans’ pandering. Jack, reading through most of the other comments, brings in Night-Gaunt’s because, like mine, he wasn’t too fond of Norman’s sexism.

    Night-Gaunt: it’s all about the story. The best writers are not just craftsmen, but are totally involved in their work. Robert E. Howard was so effective as a storyteller because, in a certain, very real way, he believed in what he was creating. He believed in his Hyborian Age, though I’m sure he didn’t believe in the actual, physical existence of such a world twelve thousand years ago. You tell the story, you trust your instincts, and you let your apologists explain away any scientific accuracies you’ve sacrificed to the demands of the story. And absolutely—internal consistency within story—vital.

    Teresa: website for the fair:


    FENRISULFR said, over 4 years ago


    “ Objection Overruled”

    Carole: What kind of an objection, Jack?
    Jack: Well, the ship has just been launched for Earth Two, but Doc is just finding out that it has Warp Drive Capability. Seems that a number of readers thought that was rather lame. Here’s a few: “Wonmug must not have checked his spaceship over very good. Either that or he’s getting senile. lol.” and, “They’re already in space and they’re just now finding out they have ‘warp’ drive? C’mon!” and, “They should have know that the space craft had ‘warp’ drive befor they laft for space.” But this one from APersonOfInterest sums it up pretty well: “Okay .. I must say this … hope I don’t PO a lot of you fans … THIS IS SO DUMB !!!!! I’m all for warp drive (anything to move this sluggish plot along) but the Doc didn’t know???? Come on!!!!!”
    Carole: What…? I…Jack? But…What does he mean by sluggish plot?
    Jack: Well, Fenrisulfr responded to that comment: “YOU AIN’ KIDDIN’! Seems like the Benders are making things up as they go along.”
    Carole: WHAT?!
    Jack: He goes on: “That’s the worst kind of story-telling in my book. You don’t give the story the thought it needs to avoid all the little inconsistencies that inevitably show up.”
    Carole: Is he CRITICISING me?
    Jack: Don’t jump to conclusions, Carole. There’s more: “But to be fair, the Benders are working with deadlines—meaning they have to have that story submitted to the Syndicate, ready or not.”
    Carole: He’s got that right! Sluggish plot, indeed! Do they have any idea how much I have to hustle, just to get everything out on time?
    Jack: “All too often, though, this becomes an excuse to not turn in the best story you’re capable of. Keep in mind also that these comic strips [and comics] were looked upon as disposable entertainment. It never entered the minds of the Newspaper Moguls that anyone would try to keep track of a character’s adventures or worry about “Continuity”. The story [in an adventure strip] focused mainly on the most dramatic effect that could be achieved on the strip of the day. Sometimes this contradicted what had been established before, but since they figured no one would REMEMBER what had gone before, they weren’t too concerned about it. Usually the readers didn’t notice—UNLESS they’d collected the strip and read the adventures back to back—THAT’S when the consistencies often became glaring.”
    Carole: Do these people not have anything better to do with their time than criticize how I do my stories? I’m a professional! That entitles me to some measure of respect! They have no idea how hard it is to do a daily strip! It’s gotten so hard that we can’t even do a separate Sunday anymore. Are they going to complain about that, too? Listen, Jack, we’re both professionals. They’re not professionals. They don’t know what they’re talking about; and we don’t have to put up with any of this—or listen to any of their objections.
    Jack: “Objection overruled,” huh? Maybe you should listen to this one, though. This is APersonOfInterest responding to Fenrisulfr: “I sat in on a planning session for DC’s Adventure Comics – Superman – just a fluke that I was there – this was back in the 80s – they spent the whole meeting trying to come up with a plot that didn’t contradict past stories – three hours and it ended with assignments given for more research.”
    Carole: He’s…a professional?
    Jack: Yeah. So maybe he does know what he’s talking about.
    Carole: Well, what about that Fenrisulfr—is he a professional?
    Jack: Doesn’t look like it. I didn’t see anything in his posts.
    Carole: Well, if he’s not a professional, then we don’t have to listen to him—do we? He’s got a lot of nerve, accusing us of “making things up as we go along.” Seriously, have you ever heard a more ridiculous thing in your life? The very idea! “We make things up as we go along, because we don’t know what we’re doing. We pick our ideas out of a hat, throw them up in the air—and hope they make some kind of sense! Then we sit back and laugh at the readers, ‘cause we’re getting paid all this money, and they don’t know—that we don’t know what we’re doing!”
    Jack: Carole…
    Carole: What is it, Jack?
    Jack: We don’t know what we’re doing—and we do make things up as we go along.
    Carole: …is it really that obvious?
    Jack: Yes, Carole—it really is that obvious.

    [Be here tomorrow for EPISODE THIRTEEN: “So, Sue Me—Or Should I Say, “Oui, Me Poursuivre En Justice?”” the next thrilling installment of The Jack and Carole Adventure Hour!]

  6. dheine1971

    dheine1971 said, over 4 years ago

    Or maybe the triceritops is about to eat up Hamid so that Lola could be sparred.

  7. uh-oh

    uh-oh said, over 4 years ago

    Monday reruns

  8. TexMichael

    TexMichael said, over 4 years ago


    You are welcome to any quotes you find quotable. I enjoy your dialogue and check late in the day or the next day to make sure I have not missed it or other comments.

  9. firebrand1

    firebrand1 said, over 4 years ago

    Good Morning Benders and all Lola still in tears The Orange dinosaur is definitely angry at someone Hamid?

  10. exturk

    exturk said, over 4 years ago

    Just came crashing in! Well, we’ve learned from the past week or so of Liberty Meadows that the panel walls are very weak!

  11. jhughey

    jhughey said, over 4 years ago

    Perhaps TTop belongs to a bounty hunter looking for Hamid. He exposes Hamid as a fraud, and heads back to their country. Of course, Lola stays around and we are back to the Earth II dilemma.

  12. Bob Carver

    Bob Carver said, over 4 years ago

    Like the strip, we seem to be caught in a time loop.

  13. billdi

    billdi GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    confusing — is the ttops a friend of dinny’s that will take hamid and lola-as-ooola to mondovia, or a suddenly appearing foe as dinny goes off to find his friend? the ttops looks all mad and pretty aggressive.
    really lame story development in any case.


    FENRISULFR said, over 4 years ago

    @Bob Carver

    “…Time Machine. Seemingly I’d invented a…”

    Attributed to Dr. Elbert Wonmug on the first successful test of his ChronoGraphic Transformer

  15. nottawasaga

    nottawasaga said, over 4 years ago

    Seems like a few people here are unemployed or need to ‘get a life’….cartoons are NOT, or should not be a serious concern regarding the flow of fictional story lines… who cares as long as it gives two minutes of entertanment?… then one can go on to the next snippet of cartoon life such as ‘9 chickweed lane’ or ‘BC’ or Andy Capp and on and on… like “fast food”.

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