Alley Oop by Jack and Carole Bender

Alley Oop

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  1. Bob Carver

    Bob Carver said, about 4 years ago

    This criticism of the story is getting a bit strange. So, I want to make two points: 1. Ooola was named for the phrase Ooo-la-la long ago, but I don’t have a reference. It isn’t something Carole just made up. 2. Ooola tells Yochi he’s nice, but have you ever considered that a kidnap victim often lies to the kidnapper?

  2. Wootietoot

    Wootietoot said, about 4 years ago

    @Bob Carver

    Ooola was first introduced in 1933 as Ooola, when she was kidnapped by the Cardiff Giant. We see her dad by their cave with her sister, Lala, crying that she will never see her sister again. Having read the entire Alley Oop strip from 1933 up to the present, I don’t recall her saying before that she was Ooo-la-la. The fact that her name was Ooola and Hamlin showed her sister(only seen in that one panel and never seen again) as Lala is perhaps a clue that Hamlin came up with her name as a play on Ooo-la-la, but it is never actually stated that way.

  3. BRI-NO-MITE!!

    BRI-NO-MITE!! GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Me too. what gives?

  4. FENRISULFR

    FENRISULFR said, about 4 years ago

    I’ve been running into that problem over several different comics.

  5. Bob Carver

    Bob Carver said, about 4 years ago

    I found a reference in “Weird Texas: Your Travel Guide to Texas’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets” which describes the strip’s creation in Iraan by Hamlin. It says, "… his dishy girlfrient Ooola (as in “Ooo-la-la”). And, I found an article in the Laredo (TX) Times from September 1, 1935 that referred to Ooola as “Ooo-la-la”, so the reference definitely has a history behind it.

    Semantic gymnastics between “kidnapper” and “abductor”—-you knew what I meant.

  6. Paula R.  Stiles

    Paula R. Stiles GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    You go, Oola! Kick his butt!

  7. oscarboom

    oscarboom said, about 4 years ago

    You know, I’ve heard the story about ooola having a sister Lala several times, only at this forum. I’ve searched and searched for the panel with her in it. I;ve got book collections of strips from 1933 and on, I’ve got photocopies, I’ve searched ilovecomix. Can’t find it. If it is true, could someone give me the date thiat panel was published. I have my doubts.

  8. firebrand1

    firebrand1 said, about 4 years ago

    Good Morning Benders and all Go comics for today are not displaying strips. Fortunately Yahoo comics is for Alley Oop
    For today Ignorance of how to get a wife makes Ooola angry.
    Thanks for the information given Wootietoot and Bob
    Carver.

  9. Checquers

    Checquers said, about 4 years ago

    Am I the only one who can’t see any strips today?

  10. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, about 4 years ago

    @oscarboom

    Another reason why we need somebody to do the complete Alley Oop. That and the fact that it is one of great strips of all time. Makes you wonder if it is ever going to happen when Brenda Starr and the Cisco Kid have begun but still no word on Alley.

  11. oscarboom

    oscarboom said, about 4 years ago

    matheson 1953:

    I totally agree- It’s been started several times, and Spec is doing a good job, but only some of the early stuff is out there, and very random

  12. rgcviper

    rgcviper said, about 4 years ago

    Your stories rock, Larry and Night Gaunt. Keep it up!

  13. Wootietoot

    Wootietoot said, about 4 years ago

    @oscarboom

    Go to 2-16-1933. Third panel of a 4 panel strip that day.

  14. larhac325

    larhac325 said, about 4 years ago

    @oscarboom

    The panel with Lala in it was published on 02/16/33 (330216 on ilovecomix archive/Alley Oop)

  15. Wootietoot

    Wootietoot said, about 4 years ago

    Just go to the 2-16-1933 strip. There doesn’t seem to be any annoted index to find names and places for Oop. Lala only appears in that one panel and is never mentioned again, nor is Ooola’s dad.

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