Alley Oop by Jack and Carole Bender

Alley Oop

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  1. Rod Gonzalez

    Rod Gonzalez said, almost 4 years ago

    Heh heh!

    Now this is gonna get good!

  2. Alexikakos

    Alexikakos said, almost 4 years ago

    Uh, isn’t Oop supposed to be at the party that started on January 6?

  3. Estrelita Phillips

    Estrelita Phillips said, almost 4 years ago

    Looks like Dinny suspects something. I would love to see Wiz’s despicable plan foiled because Wiz created a powder which makes the T-Rex turn into a big old puppy dog who follows Wiz everywhere and lavishes Wiz with unconditional love and attention. Sort of like a Dinosaur “Beethoven.”

  4. Wootietoot

    Wootietoot said, almost 4 years ago


    Oop’s done partying and back on the job. It took Wizer quite awhile to brew up that batch so it’s at least several hours later from when he observed the party.

  5. Susan Wobb

    Susan Wobb said, almost 4 years ago

    That T-rex looks a lot bigger than it did a few days ago. Must be a perspective thing. Yeah, that’s it.

  6. davidf42

    davidf42 said, almost 4 years ago

    So now Wizer has to convince this docile pet to threaten murder and mayhem to citizens of Moo.

  7. rdmacgregor

    rdmacgregor said, almost 4 years ago


    Hmmm…I thought he was fishing with Foozy last time we saw him. Man, that Oop guy sure gets around!

  8. davidf42

    davidf42 said, almost 4 years ago

    I’ve been re-reading the Alley Oop archives, starting with 1996. The Benders took over in 2001 at Dave Graue’s retirement. Their very first story was lame and the art was very sub-par. The stories proceeded from there to get more and more lame and the art became worse and worse over time. From July to September of 2005, they temporarily merged the Sunday strip with the weekday strip, where they began photoshopping panels from the weekday strips into their Sunday strips. In January of 2006, the loss of the Sunday story arc became permanent. In January 2011, they began to blatantly create the Sunday strip by simple photoshopping every week. In January of ’07 they began using the two panel strip as the norm, with only an infrequent three or four panel strip on occasion. Their laziness has become more and more evident ever since. In the last couple years, they’ve been using the silhouette, the creepy leaves, and the blatant photoshopping of panels more and more frequently, the characters have become more and more inconsistent with the V.T. Hamlin creation, and the plots have become steadily more and more lame. The strip continues to deteriorate right before our eyes. My friends, it is time for Jack and Carol Bender to retire.

  9. Colonel Claus

    Colonel Claus said, almost 4 years ago


    As Cousin Don used ta say… “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.”

  10. William Bednar

    William Bednar GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    “That T-rex looks a lot bigger than it did a few days ago. Must be a perspective thing. Yeah, that’s it.”.
    Yup, a few days ago, that T-Rex looked about as big as a large Chicken! It grew over time, and now it looks as big as a small apartment building!! Wow, isn’t evolution fun?

  11. Redhead55

    Redhead55 said, almost 4 years ago


    A Sunday strip containing what went on during the week is a great idea for those who still read their funnies the old fashioned way – in the paper – instead of online – and only get the Sunday paper, like we did when I was a kid. Now that it’s online and you know that Sunday is all reruns you can just skip over it.

    FYI – as for the art being sub-par when the Benders took over in 2001. Jack Bender had been doing the artwork since 1991.

  12. Felix The Cat

    Felix The Cat said, almost 4 years ago

    That’s not a T-Rex. It’s way too small. It could be an Allosaurus, maybe but not a T-Rex.

  13. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, almost 4 years ago


    I’ve been making most of these same points for some time so I agree 100%. The Benders have nearly destroyed one of the great strips of all time.

  14. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, almost 4 years ago


    Yet there is a marked difference as soon as Graue retired. Go and look, if you don’t believe me. Two possible solutions are that Dave Graue penciled the strips from 91-01 and Jack Bender inked or vise versa. The pre-retirment work looks so much like Graue’s work that I’m beginning to think that he inked and corrected Jack’s short comings. If Jack Bender did all of the artwork from 91 on, he needs to explain why it immediately went downward after he took over.

  15. davidf42

    davidf42 said, almost 4 years ago

    @Unca Scrooge

    Your response to Redhead55 was spot on. I’m thinking that prior to his retirement, Graue controlled the strip and would simply not allow Jack to submit sloppy work. But there is such a marked difference at the time of Graue’s retirement that it cannot be ignored.

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