Classic Doonesbury (1973) by Garry Trudeau


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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot said, 12 months ago

    Was GT spoofing “Jesus Christ Superstar”?

  2. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, 12 months ago

    ‘We were lead by a star.’
    ‘Led by a bottle more like! Get out!’

  3. TheWildSow

    TheWildSow said, 12 months ago


    That line is from We Three Kings of Orient Are.
    (♪♫ Trying to smoke a rubber cigar!
    It was loaded; it ex-plo-oded!
    We two Kings, of Orient are….♪♫)

  4. $$i9

    $$i9 said, 12 months ago

    I remember a few of us boys getting a dirty look from our 5th grade teacher when we sang that one. Also, “Jingle bells, shotgun shells…”

  5. mr.monkeyshines

    mr.monkeyshines said, 12 months ago

    in montreal,our version was the even more racy:
    ‘jingle bells,santa smells’
    kindergarten was très cosmopolitan..

  6. LameRandomName

    LameRandomName said, 12 months ago

    The part of Baby Jesus has been played by a 40w light bulb.

  7. wndrwrthg

    wndrwrthg GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    I had heard it as “it was loaded and exploded, that’s how we traveled so far”.

  8. LameRandomName

    LameRandomName said, 12 months ago

    I always thought the Christmas songs of my childhood were kind of creepy.
    “He knows when you’ve been sleeping, he knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good…”
    Are we talking about Santa or the NSA?
    And Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer…? A song about a how Rudy is ostracized because of a physical deformity, until he gets in good with “The Man” and starts bringing down the big bucks? THEN everyone wants to be his friend and he starts getting plenty of Reindeer booty, right?
    OK, maybe they were better life lessons than I gave them credit for, but they’re still creepy. Besides… Chanukah is the better deal… 8 nights of presents in a row. And don’t forget Confession vs Yom Kippur. One day of fasting and saying you’re sorry versus weekly confessions?
    Even in SIN, Christians still pay retail. Oy!

  9. ottod

    ottod GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    Great old strips, but I think I’m getting whiplash from the sudden changes.

  10. Kaffekup

    Kaffekup said, 12 months ago

    Once he became CEO of Reindeer Corp, he got millions in pay, bonuses and stock options. Look it up.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 12 months ago


    JHVH knows what you are thinking and if you think you might as well have done it. Beat that NSA.

  12. doublejake

    doublejake GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago


    Rudolph wasn’t ostracized by the entire group. There was only one who used to laugh and call him names: Olive, the other reindeer.

  13. ceylondiver

    ceylondiver said, 12 months ago


    Or maybe Vatican II, which ushered in folk- and rock-singing Catholic priests. (Topical right now, w/ the canonization of Good John). In 1973 our priest used to sing us “As Tears Go By”…w/ different lyrics, of course.

  14. zeimetr

    zeimetr said, 12 months ago

    Maybe it is just me, but it seems that these old strips had more bite to them than the newer ones. Guess like all of us, GT mellowed as he grew older. We are about the same age.

  15. LameRandomName

    LameRandomName said, 12 months ago


    I loved his old stuff. These days I frequently wonder which hack he subcontracted to.

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