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, Pals!

    Well, well, Alley has inspired Mary and he doesn’t realize
    it . . . yet.

  2. Carlo Coratelli

    Carlo Coratelli said, about 3 years ago

    Nice strip.

  3. davidf42

    davidf42 said, about 3 years ago

    Morning, Oopsters.

  4. A Person of Interest

    A Person of Interest said, about 3 years ago

    New to this site. A BIG comic strip fan.

  5. Alangeez

    Alangeez said, about 3 years ago

    Caught the middle of this story where are they supposed to be?

  6. firebrand1

    firebrand1 said, about 3 years ago

    A great US Labor day holiday to the Benders, John Wooley,
    and readers of Alley Oop. Doc is rather blase about a women tracking them. I can hardly wait for his comment
    when the angry villagers come out for whatever reason
    and approach with their torches, rifles, and pitchforks.
    One of of the cartoon series I enjoyed in the past was the Milton the Monster show which ran from 1965-1968 on ABC.
    Milton was made in a monster vat out of chemicals instead
    of body parts. This is interesting as the first film adaptation
    of Frankenstein was done by the Edison Studios in 1910.
    A 16 minute story with Frankenstein chemically creating his
    creature in a vat rather than body parts. The film was long
    thought lost until a print was discovered in 1980.

  7. Nun'Ya Bidness

    Nun'Ya Bidness said, about 3 years ago


    Someone asked Dr Wonmug if he’d use his time machine to go back to “The Year Without Summer”, 1840-something, when a volcano’s ash cooled and shaded Europe. He wants the Doctor to get him a sample of air, water, and an insect. Dr Wonmug had to stop and get Allep Oop on the way.
    They zanged into the area of Switzerland where Mary Shelly (author of Frankenstein) and her companions are hanging out, comtemplating life, lightening and their possible relationship to each other.
    Mary went out to get some fresh air and saw Alley and the Dr arrive.

  8. Crispy Bacon

    Crispy Bacon GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @Nun'Ya Bidness

    Great summary. Sounds like an interesting 3 weeks of story progression. Too bad Carole turned it into nearly 2 boring months.

  9. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, about 3 years ago

    @A Person of Interest

    Welcome, GrandWolf. You asked late yesterday if AO is always this slow and the sad answer is “yes”. Carole Bender has been writing the strip for more than a decade and can’t write a logical story or realistic dialogue. Jack is well into his eighties and has basically shut down on the art. No backgrounds, no detail to give you a feel for the era AO is visiting, poorly drawn characters, odd poses, use of hands extended by characters when talking to fill up space, and odd floating leave. The Sunday strip is simply a cut-and-paste of the previous week’s “action”. You appear to be a professional artist so it will be interesting to see your take on what was once one of the great strips of all time.

  10. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, about 3 years ago


    I’d just go back to 8/1 and take 5 minutes to read. Skip the Sundays; they are absolutely worthless.

  11. billdi

    billdi GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    following? all they’ve done is stand around on that ridge for the past week or so. it does look like doc is finally moving today.

  12. bopard

    bopard said, about 3 years ago

    @A Person of Interest

    Ignore UScrooge. The Sunday’s are where the eye flow is. USg is one of the carpers. They’re unhappy unless they get villians, smashing, and 2 point perspective. That group meets to complain every morning. They have a hard time digesting characters talking in their own voice, hierarchical perspective, or timing.
    If it wasn’t Opp’s hood, they’d be carping about the purple mountains.

  13. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, about 3 years ago


    Speak for yourself, bopard. I don’t need villains, smashing or two-point perspective. None of that is the AO that I learned to love. I just want something that isn’t written at a second grade level. And the art should at least be semi-professional rather than the mess that it is. The strip has no timing, flow, pace or anything that a story strip should have. And the Sunday is an absolute travesty. For seven decades the Sunday was either a separately constructed story or was integrated with the daily strip. Today, because the Benders can’t keep up with the workload, it is essentially the epitome of a hack job. But hey, bopard, Grandwolf’s first impression is that this is a slow strip. I’m guessing he may become a another carper or just move on.

  14. Crispy Bacon

    Crispy Bacon GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    In the past 11 days Oop spotted Mary, put on a coat, Mary saw Oop,then he saw her again.

  15. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, about 3 years ago

    @Crispy Bacon

    And there are people that say the pace of this strip suits them fine. i feel sorry for anybody that suffers from “yawnophobia”, the fear of being bored. They should stay away from this strip at all costs.

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