For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, about 1 year ago

    Well, at least it’s not the Chinese version from the film “A Christmas Story” (deck the harrs with boughs of horry, fa, ra, ra, ra… ’tis the season to be jorry, fa, ra, ra, ra…).

  2. tammyspeakslife

    tammyspeakslife GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    I’m pleased he didn’t hit her back

  3. trekman58

    trekman58 said, about 1 year ago

    @TEMPLO S.U.D.

    “It’s smiling at me!”

  4. IndyMan

    IndyMan said, about 1 year ago

    Reminds me what my wife did to her brother when he put ice down her back when they were kids. Brother learned his lesson !.

  5. frugalnotcheap

    frugalnotcheap said, about 1 year ago

    @IndyMan

    That sounds like a really fun family that you married in to: bet you’ve got great stories!

  6. Jean

    Jean said, about 1 year ago

    I always love it when children sing songs with the words that they hear, not necessarily the correct words. We should all sing like no one is listening and how we hear the song.

  7. jim12345

    jim12345 said, about 1 year ago

    Sisters ???? 8^(

  8. NebulousRikulau

    NebulousRikulau GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @SUSAN NEWMAN

    Which one?
    Deck us all with Boston Charlie?
    Bark us all Bow Wows of Folly?
    Dunk us all in Bowls of Barley?
    Tickle Salty Boss Anchovie?
    “But what HE’S singin’ don’t make no SENSE!”

  9. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, about 1 year ago

    Every time I see Michael call Lizzie “kid” like this, I think Lynn Johnston must have spent the evening watching old Humphrey Bogart pictures before she wrote the dialogue. “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.”
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    I saw the Melissa McCarthy/Sandra Bullock movie “The Heat” over the summer and realized that female-on-male violence is still considered to be a comedy staple, just as it is in this comic strip. Lynn Johnston is a little more old school with it, i.e., the male is unhurt by the female.
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    If Michael had "bop"ed Lizzie and said, “Here’s what ‘deck’ means”, the comic strip would not have worked. “Male-on-female” violence is no longer acceptable for comedy in our society.

  10. lightenup

    lightenup GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    She’s learned what “deck” means the hard way as the younger sibling.

  11. lightenup

    lightenup GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @howtheduck

    When was “Male-on-female” violence ever acceptable for comedy?

  12. Poollady

    Poollady said, about 1 year ago

    @TEMPLO S.U.D.

    Exactly what I was gonna say!

  13. T_Lexi

    T_Lexi said, about 1 year ago

    ; ) Wait until they hear Mele Kalikimaka!

  14. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, about 1 year ago

    @lightenup

    When was “Male-on-female” violence ever acceptable for comedy?
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    You have to go pretty far back. As an example, the Marx Brothers’ picture Duck Soup ends with all the Marx Brothers hurling things at Margaret Dumont. There is a classic scene in The Philadelphia Story where Cary Grant palms Katherine Hepburn’s face and pushes her to the ground. I think the classic was when Jimmy Cagney pushed a grapefruit into Mae Clarke’s face in The Public Enemy, but that was comedy relief in an otherwise very heavy picture.

  15. Dogday88

    Dogday88 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @howtheduck

    Actually, that grapefruit in Mae Clark’s face wasn’t comic relief. It was supposed to indicate what a lowlife Cagney’s character was to abuse and humiliate a woman who loved him like that. If you remember, at the end of the film there was a little sermon, citing Cagney’s character as an example, about the gangster plague and the need for society to stamp it out.

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