Alley Oop by Jack and Carole Bender

Alley Oop

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  1. Wootietoot

    Wootietoot said, over 4 years ago

    Not to mention dragging her off to another time era. lol


    FENRISULFR said, over 4 years ago

    Whooah…suspense! Good continuing development, Night-Gaunt.

  3. Gray

    Gray said, over 4 years ago

    not to mention dragging her from the exact same 2 panels that yesterday ended with!

  4. davidf42

    davidf42 said, over 4 years ago

    The attempt at drawing some background in P1 is a little improvement, but I hate the way Ooola is drawn. She just isn’t as pretty as Graue and Hamlin drew her.

  5. handiman40

    handiman40 said, over 4 years ago

    I was wondering has either Larry or Night-Gaunt49 gotten Lola back to earth 2?

  6. Bdaysuit

    Bdaysuit said, over 4 years ago

    Our resident ?artist? forgot to draw some eyes for Ooola in panel 2. Way to go, Sloppy.

  7. larryh77

    larryh77 said, over 4 years ago

    Larry’s alternate Alley Oop stories are at:

  8. larryh77

    larryh77 said, over 4 years ago


    Lola was in a space ship on her way home, but the crew got kidnapped and enslaved by the horrible Glarbs. It’s bad. It looks like they may be there a long time, possibly forever.

  9. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, over 4 years ago

    I’ve been reading some really great new comics collections that I’ve picked up this last couple of weeks – Starr’s “On Stage”, Gottfredson’s “Mickey Mouse”, Barks’ “Uncle Scrooge”, and Smith’s “RASL”, all superior comic works. This has left little time to catch up on reading the Oop archives at this site and after reading superior work, it’s really hard to slog through the dreadful Bender stuff. Nevertheless, I read a few months last night to get me to 9/1/03 in a long drawn out story about a malfunctioning time machine. Oop and Dinny have randomly popped up in 300 AD England (Dinny as the dragon slayed by George), 600 AD Scotland (Dinny as the Loch Ness Monster), and now Alley has been switched with a physicist in 1957 and is mistaken for a Yeti. Dave Wowee has conveniently appeared from the future to gut out the old time machine and replace it although the one guy that can apparently fix it (from 1957) is accidentally (and inexplicitly) switched with Oop. The scientiest is brought in playing the bongoes – to show it’s really the fifties- and Oop appears randomly on a mountaintop and just starts walking, and people thinks he’s Bigfoot! If you thought that Carole Bender’s writing gradually went downhill, I suggest you go back to the archives and read. There is the last year or so of Graue’s work and then the Benders take over. It went downhill immediately.

  10. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, over 4 years ago

    My point in my previous point is that the syndicate has been satisfied with the Benders for over ten years now. Does anybody have an idea how an organized effort could be made to let the syndicate know of what long-time fans think of the Bender’s work? I’ve tried contacting them but just seem to run into a brick wall. I’m frustrated that GO comics (is this the the actual syndicate?) don’t seem to realize or care about how bad Alley Oop has become.

  11. SapphireFireGem

    SapphireFireGem said, over 4 years ago

    HaHa, this reminds me of a book I read…what was it? Oh yeah! Sisters Grimm. One of the characters, Puck, didn’t know that you had to propose to someone to get them to marry you, he thought you had to drag them off! Just what Yochi did!

  12. Bob Carver

    Bob Carver said, over 4 years ago

    I’ve been reading the 1937 and 1938 archives and the way Ooola and the other women are drawn is extremely superior to the way they are drawn today. Jack should keep some of those old comics posted on his wall for reference. Check out the 9/30/1938 strip “Almost Too Good To Keep” as an example.
    Also, Ooola’s Dad appears in quite a few of these late-Thirties strips as an active participant, but I have not seen Lala other than the one appearance at the beginning. However, Ooola’s cousin, Zel, does appear and gets romantically involved with Foozy. This is the sequence where he’s unable to rhyme anything anymore. It starts around 9/14/1938.

  13. doubleagle64

    doubleagle64 GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Alley Oop used to be fun to read. Now it’s just stupid. I’m done with it.


    FENRISULFR said, over 4 years ago

    @Unca Scrooge

    The sad thing is that the people in charge of these syndicates often have the equivalent of color blindness. Instead of being unable to tell the difference between red and green, they can’t tell the difference between good and bad writing.

    There was some fellow who bought Marvel Comics. He was believed it was the characters that sold the stories, and that it didn’t matter who did the writing. Owning a comix group, just one more business, for him.


    FENRISULFR said, over 4 years ago


    There is a difference between comic books and comic strips. Whereas people will buy a Wolverine comic because they want to read about Wolverine, people seldom buy a newspaper because they want to read about Alley Oop. Low comic book sales tell the company that they either need to cancel the book, or change their approach to the character. But low newspaper sales aren’t going to be blamed on Carole Bender’s poor writing skills.

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