Alley Oop by Jack and Carole Bender

Alley Oop

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  1. Rod Gonzalez

    Rod Gonzalez said, almost 4 years ago

    Hoo boy!

    Everybody’s getting into the act!

    C’mon, you two, let Alley play!

  2. Wootietoot

    Wootietoot said, almost 4 years ago

    Finders, keepers. lol

  3. Wootietoot

    Wootietoot said, almost 4 years ago

    So much for finding the time travel button (that’s the one that Oop used to go back to Moo with Lola that disappeared from around his neck when he arrived in Moo). The “amulet”.

  4. Estrelita Phillips

    Estrelita Phillips said, almost 4 years ago

    It seems to me that, way back in the beginning of the Alley Oop strip, the theory which most people had was that Moo was really pre-historic Texas – about the same place where V.T. Hamlin worked for a company which discovered a whole bunch of dinosaur bones when they were excavating a job site. So I don’t think there were rubber trees or even cocoa trees there. Although it is hard to tell what else might have been in pre-historic Texas during the time when Alley and gang were hanging out there. My folks knew some farmers, Ernie and Viola Fick, who lived around Oakley, Kansas and they began to dig up a whole lot of fossils in the midst of their farming. A lot of the fossils were for huge, pre-historic sharks. So, at one time, the area around Oakley, Kansas, was the bottom of an ocean! You can Google Fick Fossil and History Museum and read all about it. Ernie and Viola Fick did not have much education – Viola only had an 8th grade education and Ernie had only gone to high school. However, when major archaeologists began to take an interest in the Fick family’s “hobby,” the townspeople became so supportive that they eventually created the museum to house some of the Fick family’s “labor of love.” Of course, to hear Texan’s tells it, EVERYTHING which is important in the entire world originated in Texas – so, perhaps, it IS possible that rubber trees and cocoa originated in Texas – then moved down into South America!

  5. davidf42

    davidf42 said, almost 4 years ago

    Can somebody please jog my memory? When did we last see the amulet? Why didn’t Oop have it on when he traveled to 6th century Mesoamerica? Why did he take it off?

  6. davidf42

    davidf42 said, almost 4 years ago

    On December 15, 2011, Alley and Lola zinged back to Moo via the amulet. But when they got to Moo, the amulet was never seen again. The Benders just didn’t bother drawing it, I guess. It just simply has not been seen since. Can somebody else shed some light onto this mystery?

  7. William Bednar

    William Bednar GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    I know I’m going overboard here but:
    This strip is probably based on a “Biblical” model that posits a “young (created about 4000 BCE) earth” scenario. So, yes, early (pre-biblical-flood) humans lived along side dinosaurs (or so the creationists will tell you). But, besides that, Alley Ooop’s world bears no likeness to “our” world. It doesn’t need to; it’s a cartoon world! And, neither, I suspect, does the Biblical world.

  8. r0sc0e

    r0sc0e said, almost 4 years ago

    Alley didn’t know what a ball was or how to play with it but they do?
    Wouldn’t their first thought on examining it be, ‘Oh, a fresh Pterodactyl egg!’ then try and cook?

  9. firebrand1

    firebrand1 said, almost 4 years ago

    Good Morning Benders and all That ball is doing controlled bounces now. I guess the uneven edges got worn off.

  10. Justice22

    Justice22 said, almost 4 years ago

    Of course there were rubber trees back in Moo. Remember the ants carrying them off? Ooop(s) there goes another rubber tree plant.

  11. Wootietoot

    Wootietoot said, almost 4 years ago


    I mentioned that a couple days ago. Somehow it disappeared when they ZANGED! back to Moo. the Sunday December 18 recap shows him using it to go to Moo and in the next panel, it’s gone. He didn’t have it when Ooola and him went to Mayaland. That was some mystery camera-like device. When they got back, he said he needed to go go try to fix that time wormhole at the X. And now Oop says he needs to find the amulet to get back to Wonmug.
    The usual inconsistencies.

  12. Keeper 98

    Keeper 98 said, almost 4 years ago

    “This story has started out a wee slow but there’s hope for tomorrow.” What story, what hope?

  13. Bob Carver

    Bob Carver said, almost 4 years ago

    Rubber trees are native to India, not America. The “rubber ball” was probably made out of fig sap instead of rubber tree sap. And, fig trees are definitely native to Texas.

  14. Estrelita Phillips

    Estrelita Phillips said, almost 4 years ago

    @Bob Carver

    Technically speaking, rubber trees are actually native to South American. The first use of rubber was by the Olmecs, who centuries later passed on the knowledge of natural latex from the Hevea tree in 1600 BC to the ancient Mayans. They boiled the harvested latex to make a ball for a Mesoamerican ballgame. However, when rubber began to be produced commercially, rubber trees were planted in places like Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Natural rubber is not cultivated widely in its native continent of South America due to the existence of South American leaf blight, and other natural predators of the rubber tree. A lot of commercial rubber produced in industrialized countries comes from petroleum. South America remained the main source of the limited amounts of latex rubber that were used during much of the 19th century. In 1876, Henry Wickham gathered thousands of para rubber tree seeds from Brazil, and these were germinated in Kew Gardens, England. The seedlings were then sent to Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Indonesia, Singapore and British Malaya. Malaya (now Malaysia) was later to become the biggest producer of rubber. In the early 1900s, the Congo Free State in Africa was also a significant source of natural rubber latex, mostly gathered by forced labour. Liberia and Nigeria also started production of rubber.

    In India, commercial cultivation of natural rubber was introduced by the British planters, although the experimental efforts to grow rubber on a commercial scale in India were initiated as early as 1873 at the Botanical Gardens, Calcutta.

    The first commercial Hevea plantations in India were established at Thattekadu in Kerala in 1902. In the 19th and early 20th century, it was often called “India rubber.” In 2010, India’s natural rubber consumption stood at 978 thousand tons per year, with production at 893 thousand tons; the rest was imported with an import duty of 20%.

  15. Nun'Ya Bidness

    Nun'Ya Bidness said, almost 4 years ago

    Per the Bender’s strip: I expect that Guz and Woozie saw the ball bounce a few times when the Pterodactyl dropped it. And I expect it bounced pretty high if it was dropped from high up, so it actually makes sense that they’d be bouncing it between them.

    Per NightGaunt’s alternate Alley Oop: Panel 3, ‘the doctor’s crowning achievement…’
    Are you talking about the Baron being the doctor? What did I forget or fact did I miss?

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