Alley Oop by Jack and Carole Bender

Alley Oop

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  1. Wootietoot

    Wootietoot said, over 4 years ago

    Oop to the rescue?

  2. davidf42

    davidf42 said, over 4 years ago

    Goodness, Sleepy, I see no reason for the personal attack. This is a comment page and all I was doing was commenting.

  3. jmcx4

    jmcx4 said, over 4 years ago

    They haven’t moved. Therefore it is the same background, just a little closer view. I like Ooola’s full figured look.

  4. Michael McMillan

    Michael McMillan said, over 4 years ago

    You can please all of the people some of the time*, some of the people all of the time, and some people just can’t be pleased— reason for the asterisk.

    Look, at least Alley isn’t hiding in some bushes blubbering about how the bad guy is gonna kill him. I never forgot that in the worst strip I’ve seen in years (fortunately the strip has been rescued by the present team).

  5. Michael McMillan

    Michael McMillan said, over 4 years ago

    Night-Gauntlet, the worst strip I’ve seen in years isn’t/wasn’t this one. The Benders, whatever their other faults, haven’t turned Alley into a blubbering coward. For that, you have to go back a bit and see Dick Locher’s version of Dick Tracy. Here, at least Alley is likely to grab his war axe and give the opponent “what for”. That’s a lot more than Locher’s “Tracy” would have done.

  6. PatyAnn

    PatyAnn said, over 4 years ago

    You can find from 1932 to 1999. And there are tons of strips that have very little to no background in them.

  7. moreorless

    moreorless GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Well said!

  8. nottawasaga

    nottawasaga said, over 4 years ago

    Sleepy’s comments are like an echo here, and with some others who are too shy to write.

  9. r0sc0e

    r0sc0e said, over 4 years ago

    Now we have Ooola blubbering, Yochi the warrior prince talking like some college kid that said something wrong to his girlfriend and Alley ending up hugging them both. If the writing sucks people look to the art. One of them should be good or the insults will fly. Just look att he comments for the last 3 months.

  10. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, over 4 years ago

    To Firebrand1:

    Yesterday you wrote, “I’m not surprised that the syndicate has been satisfied with the Benders these last 10 years” Seriously? Their work has been god-awful. Go back and read the Benders’ output during the last decade. I’m reading the entire archive (up to 10/1/03) on this site and I have to say that the Benders’ Oop has some of the worst comic strip writing and artwork I’ve ever seen (sorry, I’m not familar with Dick Tracy). I’m not trying to pick on you but I’m still trying to understand what you find appealing about the output from Jack and Carole Bender.

  11. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, over 4 years ago

    Actually the early Peanuts did have backgrounds, especially the Sundays. The strength of the Peanuts strip was never the art, it was always the writing. Keep in mind, too, that there is a huge difference between a gag-a-day strip and a story strip, even if it is in a “bigfoot” style like Alley Oop. The expectation is that the backgrounds will help the reader vizualize the story to lend credence to the writing. The current Oop story, as rendered here, could be anywhere – the Benders have given us no feel at all for what the Mayan city-state or the surrounding environment is like. Great opportunity at the start of the story but absolutely squandered.

  12. firebrand1

    firebrand1 said, over 4 years ago

    Good Morning Benders and all. Ooola’s tearing up Yoshi is
    thinking like a idiot. If you look at the background between
    frames 1 and 2 you will note that the trees and hill on the left
    side of Ooola and Yoshi remain the same, maybe a little smaller but the pyramid in frame 2 is no longer to the right of another distant hill but now is now in front of the hill. This is to give you the feeling of watching Ooola from a moving
    position. I suppose on a computer you could program in all
    the objects and move them around but that would be a lot
    of work thus refuting the silly oft repeated claim that the Benders are lazy. Actually reusing backdrops is a time honored method used by cartoonists for many years
    especially for cartoon shows. I second the comment
    Bender did great work on the background

  13. iced tea

    iced tea said, over 4 years ago

    ♫♪♫♪Then along came Oop!♫♪♫♪

  14. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, over 4 years ago


    And I second the comment that the backgrounds are repetitive and aren’t that great.

  15. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, over 4 years ago

    Definitely there are some bad strips out there, especially gag-a-day strips that just aren’t funny. I should more accurately sat that this version of Oop is one of the worst that I read. I’m still hoping that another team can turn this mess around because I know the potential for a great strip is still there.

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