Classic Doonesbury (1972) by Garry Trudeau


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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot said, 12 months ago

    Think bigger and go to Detroit.
    Here is the strip where Joanie stops the boys:
    Here are some strips that GT skipped over which I found interesting:
    Take me out to the ballgame:
    Even Mark didn’t know then:
    In the presence of great power:
    Haight Ashbury

  2. Mike31g

    Mike31g said, 12 months ago

    Originally run 11 Sept 1972 – followed by:
    Clinton the caring Husband

  3. JLG

    JLG GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    I like Joanie, but over time I’ve come to have real issues with her choices in life. Her husband was an unsympathetic clod, and she was indeed being stifled, but still——when all is said and done, she abandoned her child. I’m not a parent and probably never will be, but I have trouble forgiving that.

    And we wonder why J.J. is such a screwup?

  4. SueB1863

    SueB1863 said, 12 months ago

    She had more than one child – when Clyde calls her he puts the ‘kids’ on the phone. So JJ originally had at least one sibling. I guess Trudeau dropped that idea later on and JJ became an only child.

  5. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot said, 12 months ago

    This storyline reflects the views of a 24 year-old single man when it comes to marriage and children. Twenty years later, a married father of 3 GT would do a similar storyline, but this time focus on the father and daughter left behind.
    As for Joanie’s ex, Clinton, he must’ve done something right; JJ did get into Georgetown.
    The turning point in our attitude toward women claiming their liberty by walking out on their families probably came with the movie “Kramer vs. Kramer.” Early on in the movie, Jane Alexander’s character says that it took a lot of courage for Meryl Streep’s character to do what she did. To which, Dustin Hoffman’s character replies:

    How much courage does it take to walk out on your kid?

  6. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, 12 months ago

    big, concrete plans take you far

  7. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw said, 12 months ago

    It’s fun reading the strips this way. We, the now omniscient readers, know that Mike is meeting his future mother-in-law, and that she will become a great-grandmother. I do, however, wish they would not condense so sharply. Spin the stories out a little!

  8. emw1

    emw1 said, 12 months ago


    Those were fun to see again! Thanks!

  9. DoonesburyFollower

    DoonesburyFollower said, 12 months ago


    There were actually a few times that they referred to more than one child (of Joanie’s and Clinton’s). Once, I recall, was in (divorce) court, when there is a reference to, “the children.”

  10. dwdl21

    dwdl21 said, 12 months ago

    I’ve always had a hard time with this, yes she patched things up with JJ but what the other kids? She had more than one.

  11. gmartin997

    gmartin997 said, 12 months ago

    Oh, yes, for a place to live out a graceful reprieval, and begin anew, there’s no place like Cleveland.

  12. magicwalnut

    magicwalnut GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    I can’t believe I recognized Joanie right off in the first panel!
    After all these years!

  13. SwimsWithSharks

    SwimsWithSharks said, 12 months ago

    I bet GT would use “reprieve” instead of “reprieval” now.

    Sounds better. Besides, “reprieval” is more like an action (the deliverance from punishment), not the actual time spent away (“living out”).

    Ha. My spellchecker in this browser doesn’t even like the word “reprieval”.

    Oh wait. Maybe “reprieval” is before Joanie got all lawyerish. Never mind!

  14. gaebie

    gaebie said, 12 months ago


    In 1972 Cleveland was still a thriving vibrant city, great economy. It was a great place to live and work.
    In the past 40+ years Cleveland/Cuyahoga County has had over 500,000 leave the area

  15. don57

    don57 said, 12 months ago

    Hello Joanie!

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