Alley Oop by Jack and Carole Bender

Alley Oop

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  1. Rod Gonzalez

    Rod Gonzalez said, over 3 years ago

    Now That’s some plan, Alleygators.

    But it blew in Wizer’s face.

    Good thing Oop saved the day.

    Not bad.

  2. Wiselad

    Wiselad said, over 3 years ago

    the technique of the plan……. he is right………. now if we talk about “it” being the right thing to do…………he is way wrong

  3. Seiko

    Seiko said, over 3 years ago

    Wizer looks like he would fit right in at a mountain man rendezvous. Or a Karloff movie!

  4. Seiko

    Seiko said, over 3 years ago

    Where else do you find characters like this? Long live Oop!

  5. davidf42

    davidf42 said, over 3 years ago

    @Fuddy Duddy –
    You raised some interesting questions yesterday evening. By the time I read them, however, it was time for me to hit the sack. I would like to respond now, if you please.
    Should the Benders “bow out gracefully” as I suggested, I realize the possibility of the strip being discontinued. It may be that the Benders actually own Alley Oop and if they retire, it just might mean that this historical comic strip would go the way of Pogo and Li’l Abner. I’d certainly hate for that to happen. But they will retire someday. Such is inevitable. What I am advocating is that now, in the twilight of the Benders’ career, that they graciously turn the strip over to a team who are more capable of showing the care and respect for this historical comic strip that it deserves. I want Alley Oop to continue, like Gasoline Alley and Dick Tracy. If that’s not possible, then the other option would be reruns, like is being done with Tarzan and Peanuts. But certainly, the demise of the strip would not be an option that any of us would desire.

  6. Fuddy Duddy

    Fuddy Duddy said, over 3 years ago


    I don’t want to see the strip end either, davidf42. But – in the real world, at least – time passes, and things change.
    The talk about “lazy Bs”, loose ends, creepy leaves, and demanding excellence is a GREAT way to show the Benders respect, and SURE to make them feel appreciated, right? Would the Alley Oop strip exist now if they weren’t doing it?
    Many people, placed in the Bender’s shoes, seeing themselves dissed day after day, would just say “Screw this. We’re shutting down.”
    Alley Oop, the comic strip, is imperfect. The Benders are imperfect. I am imperfect. I’m going to enjoy the strip as it is. If something better comes along, fine. If not, I’ll move on.

  7. Fuddy Duddy

    Fuddy Duddy said, over 3 years ago


    It’ll be interesting to see if Guz and Alley can actually get past the technique, and into the ethics.
    My guess? Oola and Oompa will be drawn into the conversation, and point out the idiocy of what Wizer did.
    A thought – does Wizer need a wife to put a little “garage logic” into his doings?

  8. APersonOfInterest

    APersonOfInterest said, over 3 years ago


    Well put, David.
    I know of at least 25 artists/writers who could do a fantastic Alley Oop if given the chance.

  9. TexMichael

    TexMichael said, over 3 years ago

    Oh, thanks Wizer, that expains everything…

  10. jhughey

    jhughey said, over 3 years ago

    That is very clever of the Benders. You can get more mileage out of the story by having Wizer confess by giving a panel-by-panel account from the reader’s view of events leading to the mess.
    Others would have said … in one panel … “Wizer explains the events leading up to the mess” and then moved on with the rest of the story.

    I have seen the rehash maneuver skillfully done to tie up loose ends that we did not see with Inspector Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s mystery novels and with Robert Goren in tv’s Law and Order. However, I have not seen the duh-we-have-already-seen-that maneuver in comics. Very clever, indeed.

  11. robert1947

    robert1947 said, over 3 years ago

    Ole Wiser needs a woman and then he would have a good excuse for his miss-doings.

  12. firebrand1

    firebrand1 said, over 3 years ago

    Good Morning Benders and all Wizer is still being forced
    to explain what’s he done. Unfortunately his memories are like a puppet master. No concerns about collateral damage. He is ready and willing to try it again. Until WIzer is
    slapped down this arc isn’t over. When the arc is done I do think Alley will go to check on Lola. Doc Wonmug still needs ‘time’ to figure out why the anomaly happened in Alley’s time. Thank you Benders for refusing to speed up story-
    telling because some are bored after a week into a arc.
    Keep up the great work.

  13. dheine1971

    dheine1971 said, over 3 years ago

    No April Fool’s joke in Moo here…

  14. Nun'Ya Bidness

    Nun'Ya Bidness said, over 3 years ago

    Will it be King Guz or Alley Oop that gives Wizer (eventually) an
    “attitude adjustment right upside the head!”?
    Or is it possible for him to have durable empathy for the people who would have been harmed when the potion wore off after he aimed them and before he told them stop.
    I say ‘durable empathy’ because he was sweating of fear and running for his life, what?, about 3 weeks ago now?

  15. billdi

    billdi GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    sheesh another full week of this conversation?

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