Alley Oop by Jack and Carole Bender

Alley Oop

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  1. Rod Gonzalez

    Rod Gonzalez said, about 3 years ago

    Good Morning, everybody . . .

    “Year without a Summer”?

    Well, this is a surprise.

    I Hope things can pick up a bit.

  2. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Alternate Alley Oop Chapter 19 “The Savage Land of Promise”(36) 7/13/2013 Saturday

    Mr. Am, Prema and Doleful make their dramatic entrance though the walls. The camera is playing in a loop while a camera on the other side of the huge set of buildings in a room of similar size has turned off and locked the doors. Only this time it is a little different. Bood Alex agents with hand energy sensors tuned to the outer band frequency that Mr. Am’s own transporter is emanating and following it to where the colonists are and the three alien presences. With them are TexCom “Ranger” troops in body armor who double time in two lines after them their orders are for riot control so they have breathing gear, a special “non-lethal” nerve gas and stun batons with shock gloves. Orders are to find and capture—-alive, the intruders. For “interrogation” purposes of course.

    Com. Til is ready with the latest in capture gear for his people. Well trained and ready to use them. Anxious to use them.

    Alley still uses his inborn time sense and almost to the minute he knows how much time has past. He knows he needs to get over to the TexCom colony and somehow find them and explain the plan. Take as many of the APC’s and just drive back to Camp Thorndike then work out how to ship them back to Area 49.

    The group of colonists is there, larger than before because some haven’t left for the late shift while others wearily came after a 10 hour shift. By now they are comfortable with the two Gom-Goos even without their natural calming influence. Mr. Am is telling them exactly where and when to to be for the final time. Then they will be taken to for lack of a better term, “the promised land” and it might not be on Terra itself!

    “Sir,” says Doleful,“they have arrived!” She said in her high pitched voice to almost end in a squeak. They hear pounding on the door that is locked. “What shall we do?” The beleaguered colonists ask. What indeed?

  3. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, about 3 years ago

    If memory serves, that’s what they called the year 1816, or as it was also known, “Eighteen hundred and froze to death.” A massive volcano had erupted, spewing so much ash into the air that it actually blocked out the sun over much of the earth, resulting in much cooler temperatures than normal for summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and particularly in the Northeastern United States. Hence, 1816 was known as “The Year without a Summer.”

  4. Alexikakos

    Alexikakos said, about 3 years ago


    Yes, it was 1816. Here is Wikipedia’s article about it.

    Wikipedia “Year Without a Summer”

  5. birdfarm71

    birdfarm71 said, about 3 years ago

    When my grandmother was about 12 around the year of 1918 she told me that summer didn’t exist – she remembered her dad cutting wood to burn to stay warm. Always occurs with a volcanic eruption. Talk about global cooling.

  6. Estrelita Phillips

    Estrelita Phillips said, about 3 years ago

    I have great-greats who were born in 1811, who lived in Kentucky and Iowa – and lived through that year. Must have been a devastating experience for those who lived through it.

  7. Wiseking

    Wiseking said, about 3 years ago

    It was one, if not the, coldest years on record!

  8. Doctor Toon

    Doctor Toon said, about 3 years ago

    For those of us who have been hoping for a good Time Travel story, looks like the Benders are granting our wish

  9. AKHenderson

    AKHenderson GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Gonna make a little time trip to the Dutch East Indies near Mount Tambora just outside of shrapnel range?

  10. dkram

    dkram said, about 3 years ago

    Cause and effect, 1816s cold summer lead to a failed potato harvest in Ireland, which lead to the Irish migration to North America. hum.

  11. davidf42

    davidf42 said, about 3 years ago

    Now we’re getting somewhere, a time travel story to be sure. But what does Mr. Wooley want to investigate in the Dutch East Indies in 1816?

  12. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, about 3 years ago


    The Irish potato famine happened in 1845.

  13. Rx71Wm29

    Rx71Wm29 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    I think Wooley wants to investigate the causes and effects of the explosion of Mt. Tambora?

  14. davidf42

    davidf42 said, about 3 years ago

    I feel I must also comment on the much improved artwork. Panel one especially looks good. I hope this trend continues.

  15. Seiko

    Seiko said, about 3 years ago

    Oh boy, more great foolishness, climate change!

    That’s right up there with riding dinosaurs, time travel and flying saucers!

    Gotta Love it :).

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