Alley Oop by Jack and Carole Bender

Alley Oop

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  1. Rod Gonzalez

    Rod Gonzalez said, over 3 years ago

    Oh YEAH, Oopsters!

    Monday’s strip ought to be quite the climax!

  2. Wootietoot

    Wootietoot said, over 3 years ago

    Monday’s strip ought to be quite the climax!

    But chances are it won’t be.

  3. davidf42

    davidf42 said, over 3 years ago

    I think the climax was Alley bonking the T-Rex on top of the head with his ax. The story is winding down now. Funny thing is that it’s been so boring, most of the readers didn’t see the climax when it happened.

  4. Crispy Bacon

    Crispy Bacon GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    It’s Sunday again. The day the Benders show us that each week they only do two days of actual story writing, then stretch it out for seven days.

  5. firebrand1

    firebrand1 said, over 3 years ago

    Good Morning Benders and readers of Alley Oop. Slow day today. When will this story arc end? When the Wizer is
    forced to recognize what he has done and admit it to the others.The mere stopping of the the T-Rex did not stop the problem. It merely caused a temporary cessation of the problem. The Wizer could stupidly mix a new potion batch
    up, and then start the dino training again. Oop is acting
    more mature as opposed to Guz who is still clueless.
    I figure 1-2 weeks to wrap thing up.

  6. garyj 1947

    garyj 1947 said, over 3 years ago

    If you don’t like the way the Benders do their thing then don’t read it. I’ve been reading Alley for over 55 years and I still enjoy him for what he is a comic. some of you people are like drivers on the road can’t take your time gotta rush rush through a story just like speeding down the road to be in front of everybody else. Enjoy life, enjoy Alley.

  7. APersonOfInterest

    APersonOfInterest said, over 3 years ago

    @garyj 1947

    Gary J. 1947 – Please go to and select Alley Oop. Have a look and read a few weeks form say 1945 or 46 … then tell us that you still think the Bender-hell-U-broker’s are doing a good job.

  8. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, over 3 years ago


    You said yesterday was a slow day. Come to thin of it, it’s been a slow week, part of a slow month and a slow year. One to two weeks to warp up? What is there to warp up. Even the lazy Bs must realized they can stick a fork in this on.

  9. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, over 3 years ago

    @garyj 1947

    If you don’t like the comments, for pete sake’s, stop reading them. If you’ve read this for more than a half century (as have I(, you’ll certainly remember that this strip was a whole lot better than it is now.

  10. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, over 3 years ago


    I did a book search and found 1 guy selling Alley Oop, book 4 for $40. An entire year of dailies from 11/10/49 to 11/10/50. There are also reprints from SPEC of Oop. Reading a long run of comics on the computer is a real pain.

    This it the golden age of comic strip reprints. There are the universally recognized classic strips (Valiant, Terry, Mickey Mouse, Pogo, Peanuts) and then some grade B material (Phantom, Johnny Hazard and even grade C (Funky, Family Circus). Yet conspicuous in its absence is the complete Alley Oop. Somebody needs to do it – please!

  11. Keeper 98

    Keeper 98 said, over 3 years ago

    I agree with Unca Scrooge, anyone who doesn’t like the comments can take their own advice regarding the commenters and stop reading the comments section.

  12. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, over 3 years ago

    I just glanced through the book 4 I mentioned above and its painful to compare the Lazy Bs’ version to what Hamlin was doing in the late 40s and beginning of the 50s. The personalities of the main mail characters (Oop, Guz, Wizer) were so well developed. There’s a great sequence in here where Alley is fighting the Wizer (and often he was more of a bad guy than a good guy) and Oop ducks when Wizer swings his club and clobbers Guz. Queen Umpa talks Alley into tracking the Wizer who buries Oop in an avalanche. Really great story development. The people who keep writing in and saying that some of are impatient with Carole’s story pace are absolutely clueless. She has really dumbed down the characters who no longer behave in a believable manner.

  13. tundrasea

    tundrasea GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @Unca Scrooge

    You have raised a valid point regarding the character of the characters. I too like characters with an “edge”. Wizards are supposed to be more than a bit morally ambiguous — they are, after all, dabblers in the black arts.
    I think that this story arc brought back a bit of Wizer’s dark side. Look back to the start of the arc (January 2, 2013), and you’ll see it in his facial expressions. His whole scheme is — well not “evil”, because he doesn’t intend any real harm to come to Moo — but, not “nice” either. If this were Dilbert I’d expect the “Prince of Insufficient Light” to appear, and darn Wizer to Heck.
    Anyhow, I wanted to take the opportunity to acknowledge when you make a valid point of criticism. Even if I don’t completely agree with you; I’d certainly have to say that it constitutes constructive criticism.
    As for your point on the pacing of the story — I respectfully disagree. This arc will have run for 3 months when it ends (I’m estimating the beginning of April). The total reading time for all the daily strips is about 20 minutes — less if you read them quickly, more if you take the time to savor the artwork. That’s not a lot of time to spend on a story — it’s about the length of a comic book. Still, I will grant you that the pacing is a valid point of debate.
    Some people have been unreasonably impatient recently — when they’ve called for the story to end, before a proper resolution (the denouement). In her posting above, firebrand1 outlines the issues that remain unresolved — even as she rails about the length of the arc, and calls for it to end.

  14. David1955

    David1955 said, over 3 years ago



  15. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, over 3 years ago


    If the story is interesting with twists and memorable dialogue, nobody will be clamoring for the story to end. But when the story is dull and silly with too much repetition, as the current Lazy B story is, then, of course, people are going to be impatient for the story to end. There is always hope, never fulfilled, that Carole will somehow write a decent story. She simply isn’t capable of writing something that will capture a reader’s imagination. 10 years into this gig and she just constantly shows her inability. I know that’s not constructive but what do you want to say – take writing classes, read more, talk with other comic writers? To develop as a writer, there must be some talent so that hard work will pay off. Frankly, Carole has none – and I’ve read everything that she has written from when she took over for Dave Graue. And if you read it in big chunks, you will see all of her shortcoming more so than reading it day to day. She simply needs to retire and the syndicate needs to bring in new talent. It could not be worse.

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