Alley Oop by Jack and Carole Bender

Alley Oop

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  1. Rod Gonzalez

    Rod Gonzalez said, almost 3 years ago

    Good Morning, Folks out there!

    Well, well, looks like Foozy’s got the makings of one heck of an author!

  2. Wootietoot

    Wootietoot said, almost 3 years ago

    Or at least a poet.

  3. gkid

    gkid said, almost 3 years ago

    He could write a good book;Foozy tells the truth in rhyme.

  4. Wootietoot

    Wootietoot said, almost 3 years ago

    For the record, this was Foozy’s very first appearance.

    King Guzzle had been knocked out so Oop took the opportunity to try on his crown. Guzzle came to, and snatched the crown off of Oop’s head, yelling “Gimme my crown, you bug-eyed wumbozee”. Foozy then spoke the very first words of his appearance in the strip:

    “In a jam ya be,
    ‘Tis apparent to me,
    For th’ crown ya did wear,
    Had no business there,
    On the dome of a bug-eyed Wumbozee.” (I just noticed that was a type of limerick, I think that was the only one ever, the rest all seem to rhyming couplets).

    He just happened to be standing there, Oop asked him where he was from and he replied

    “I’m Foozy, to some-from the mountains I come”.

    Hamlin used all kinds of creative insults between the characters, all kinds of crazy name calling, which was a big part of the charm of the strip for several years. Queen Umpateedle calling King Guzzle “You cross-eyed old buzzard”, as an example and many dozens of more great lines.

  5. davidf42

    davidf42 said, almost 3 years ago

    How right you are. Carole’s writing will never approach the quality of VT Hamlin’s.

  6. James

    James said, almost 3 years ago

    Wonder what their written language is?

  7. jmcx4

    jmcx4 said, almost 3 years ago


    I wonder if that was an inspiration for some of the insults on the TV show, Sanford and Son.
    “You fish-eyed fool”.
    “Let’s put your face in some dough and make gorilla cookies”.

  8. Prof John

    Prof John said, almost 3 years ago

    Hey! Back at the cliff … ? What about Oola?

  9. firebrand1

    firebrand1 said, almost 3 years ago

    Go od Morning Benders and readers of Alley Oop.
    Foozy writing a book? He could but he would need a
    supply of paper, quill, and ink from the future to do a good
    job. He could write in animals blood on scrapped and
    cured sheep skins or paint on stone tablets or just
    memorize the books content as he creates it. Any way
    you look at it, a lifetime is probably needed. Once he
    memorized his finished book, he would recite it to
    others to memorize. Most tribes had a rememberer to
    memorize oral histories and traditions, and then recite
    them back to the tribe for posterity.

  10. jmcx4

    jmcx4 said, almost 3 years ago

    @Prof John

    Probably hanging by a small tree by now. Like Sarge on Beetle Bailey.

  11. nottawasaga

    nottawasaga said, almost 3 years ago

    I believe Homer’s Odessey and Iliad were not in written form until the early Greeks committed it to script… or whatever. Homer’s tales were of an era circa 789 BC concurrent with the fall of the ancient city of Troy.

  12. Nun'Ya Bidness

    Nun'Ya Bidness said, almost 3 years ago


    -cave paintings
    -those caves in France with all the pictures and writings
    ol’ Foozy has a whoooole lot of writing to instigate.

  13. TheAuldWan

    TheAuldWan GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    ah! getting historical now.

  14. Colonel Claus

    Colonel Claus said, almost 3 years ago


    I lived Mr Hamlin’s dialogue. Mr Graue tried to Copy it but was no where near as good. I wish Carole would go back and read some of Mr. Hamlin’s work.
    The dialogue was what really made me love this strip.

  15. Colonel Claus

    Colonel Claus said, almost 3 years ago

    Dang typos.. lived=loved

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