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  1. Lois GoComics Pro Member commented on Alley Oop 7 days ago

    Wootietoot said, about 8 hours ago

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    Did some of the fossils end up in Hays? There’s a museum there also.

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    It is quite possible that some of the fossils DID end up in Hays. After the Ficks began turning up so many astonishing fossils, all sorts of people began searching around their farms for fossils, arrowheads, pottery, etc. The Oakley Museum now has a lot of fossils which were turned up on neighboring farms. There is ALSO a Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado, where quite a few complete dinosaur skeletons were found. It seems to me that there is also a town in Colorado called Bed Rock – which was actually named after the town of Bed Rock made famous by the Flintstones cartoon series. When we lived in New Mexico, we could walk out in the desert and find all sorts of seashells. So a large part of the Western U.S. is really the bottom of a massive ocean.

  2. Lois GoComics Pro Member commented on Alley Oop 8 days ago

    COULD be Paris, Texas. I seem to recall that, back in the early days of the Alley Oop comic strip, the original author lived somewhere in the middle of Texas. While working for an oil company, the oil company dug into an area where the engineers discovered a lot of dinosaur bones – and that was what sparked the original ideas for the strip. Nowadays, of course, a great deal of effort would be made to protect the dinosaur fossils. If anyone is planning a vacation this year which would take them through Oakley, Kansas, they should stop and visit the Fick Fossil Museum. My Dad’s cousin, Viola, married a farmer named Ernie Fick, and they had a farm near Oakley, Kansas. While they were plowing, they began to dig up a lot of ancient artifacts – arrowheads and pottery at first. Then they began to dis up fossils of big sea creatures, and began to save those fossils as well. Eventually they dug up what was, at that time, the largest complete fossil of one of the largest prehistoric sea creatures. Eventually, world renowned scientists began making trips to Oakley, Kansas, to look at the Fick family’s collection of fossils. Eventually, the city of Oakley decided that it didn’t seem right that all of those famous scientists were arriving in town in order to go out to the Fick farm to view their fossils of prehistoric sea creatures – so the town of Oakley created a museum to house the Fick family’s collection of fossils and other artifacts which they had dug up on their farm.

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    It IS quite possible that Oop and Alley have arrived in modern day Moo – somewhere close to Paris, Texas – and they are looking at some sort of advertising sign for the place.

  3. Lois GoComics Pro Member commented on Alley Oop about 1 month ago

    Re – John Britt said, about 18 hours ago

    Leslie will give the money to Lana for her brother.

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    That would be my guess as well.

  4. Lois GoComics Pro Member commented on Alley Oop about 1 month ago

    One of my sons was a police officer in Dallas, Texas. While he was at the police academy, one of the instructors asked – “What would you do if you had to arrest your mother?” My son replied – “Call for backup!” Both my sons and I took our Karate classes together!

  5. Lois GoComics Pro Member commented on Mutt & Jeff 2 months ago

    Wow! This is great! I am thrilled to see an Esther Williams mention! I hope this means that whomever is in charge has finally decided to keep the names of the ORIGINAL celebrities who were used when the cartoon was originally published – rather than substituting the names of more recent celebrities. Also, hopefully, this means that whomever is in charge will likewise continue to keep prices of merchandise the same as it was when the original cartoon was first published! The specific mention of Esther Williams is a genuine mark of progress!

  6. Lois GoComics Pro Member commented on Mutt & Jeff 3 months ago

    Wonderful! Hopefully, this means that they have decided to STOP inserting names of stars who were not even born back in the day when Haddock were selling for seventy five cents – and are hanging on to the names of the original celebrities! Clark Gable makes a LOT more sense than someone like Robert Redford!

  7. Lois GoComics Pro Member commented on Nancy 3 months ago

    They have to argue, so they can be apart for a while, discover that they are miserable without each other, reunite and enjoy more romance. Years ago, during the World War 2 years, there was one arc in the Fritzi comics about Phil learning that he was too short for military service, which explained why Phil was still in town while most of the other men in town were overseas. So Phil signed up to work at jobs which were considered to be necessary for the war effort. Fritzi was appalled when she realized that Phil had dozens of young lovelies who were eager to cater to him, and began to imagine Phil becoming more and more handsome. As Phil became more and more handsome in her dream, Fritzi became more and more jealous, because Phil was getting so much attention from other women. However, when Phil arrived and was still his old self, and had not become like the handsome matinee idol of Fritzi’s imagination, Fritzi covered the startle Phil with kisses all over – something which Phil thoroughly enjoyed. So, for most of their relationship – it has been Fritzi who was miffed at all of the attention which Phil received from all of the other girls in town. During one particularly cute Fritzi story arc during the World War 2 era, Fritzi and Phil had had a fight and Phil decided to rush down to the local church, where Fritzi was helping out with a local bazaar – so he could apologize. When Phil arrived at the church, he saw Fritzi, dressed in a wedding gown, standing beside a handsome man, and standing in front of the pastor, at the altar. Phil fainted but, when he regained consciousness, Fritzi explained that they were merely rehearsing a play which the bazaar committee planed to put on that evening when they celebrated the end of their bazaar! Fritzi and Phil have had a number of arguments over the years – so this disagreement is nothing new and will most likely lead to even more romance when they decide to make up!

  8. Lois GoComics Pro Member commented on Nancy 3 months ago

    Re – harkherp said, about 11 hours ago

    Either Fritzie’s tall, ot Phil is really short for a man, as both look about the same height! Phil’s cloud is like Al Capp’s Joe Btfsplk, the world’s worse jinx!!!

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    Back in the World War II era, there were Fritzi story arcs which explained that the reason why Phil was NOT overseas with most of the rest of the men in town was because he was considered to be too short for military service. So Phil worked at necessary home front jobs.

  9. Lois GoComics Pro Member commented on Alley Oop 4 months ago

    Re – sphinx wormwood said, about 16 hours ago

    Also how do you keep your hair and flower in perfect condition while they chase you.

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    Having grown up in that era – as a general rule, most women wore hair nets whenever they were outside. Some hair nets were obvious – but other hair nets were more like spider webs. Also, the flower would most likely have been a PAPER flower. In those days, for some odd reason, wearing PAPER flowers in your hair was considered very fashionable. Of course, most people would have been wearing a HAT with possibly a paper flower somewhere in the head band. In fact, right up until the 1960s, the well-dressed young lady never set foot outside her home without a hat, gloves and matching shoes and purse as accessories. In the late 50s and early 60s, a pearl necklace was also customary as an accessory. Sometimes the pearl necklaces were only one strand – but, usually, there would have been two or three strands of pearls. Although a single pearl on a gold chain was also part of the average ensemble. Women were not the only ones who rarely went outside without a hat. Most men also wore hats most of the time when outside. You can pretty much guess the date on the Mutt and Jeff strip by counting up how many men in the strip are wearing hats.

  10. Lois GoComics Pro Member commented on Alley Oop 4 months ago

    Re – SaskSledDog said, about 5 hours ago

    @Josh Lyons

    The sad truth is that if the Benders leave the strip – either by retirement or by death – the syndicate is more likely to pull the plug on the strip and give the space to some "hip"young cartoonist with a “joke a day” panel who will work for peanuts, and very few of them.

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    I am inclined to agree with you. When the most recent writers of Brenda Starr decided to retire – the syndicate did NOT rush right out and look for some new writers to keep Brenda moving through another generation – they just ended Brenda where she was. What everyone needs to remember is that newspapers, such as the newspapers which were vibrant back in the day when WE were growing up – are pretty much on their last legs. In Colorado, one of our local daily papers threw in the towel in 2009. The remaining local daily is just hobbling along. Our family no longer bothers to subscribe to the paper edition of the remaining paper. We DO subscribe to the digital edition – but it is almost impossible to read the comics section – because the comics are are very small – and the digital edition does not make it possible to enlarge the comics to a point where they can actually be read. Plus, of course, most of the “comics” are “comics” which are of recent vintage – so they are not the “traditional” comics which we grew up reading and enjoying. The Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post BOTH gave up publishing such classic comics as Alley Oop, Nancy, Gasoline Alley, Pluggers, Andy Capp, Katzenjammer Kids, Prince Valiant, and dozens of other classic comics – back in the 70s. So when we happened upon Alley Oop over at Yahoo comics, that was the first time we had seen Alley for almost 30 years! Ditto with most of the other classic comics – many of which are now available at Go Comics. I just do not see anyone in a leadership position in any struggling newspaper anywhere in the country being likely to entertain the idea of searching for or hiring new writers to keep a traditional comic moving along, once the current writers decide that it is time to retire. Folks who like Nancy really lucked out when Guy Gilchrist took over the strip. But not everyone can be as fortunate. I would personally “dig” some vintage Oop from the 20s, 30s, and 40s – but when struggling newspapers are assembling “focus groups” to decide who likes what – the “focus groups” usually focus mostly on the age groups between 12 and 24. And, since many print newspapers stopped publishing the vintage comics around 30 years ago, most kids in that age group have NEVER even seen comics such as Alley Oop, Gasoline Alley, Andy Cap, Nancy, Mutt and Jeff, or Prince Valiant. So it would be very unlikely that any newspaper anywhere would get a report back from any focus group anywhere indicating that the newspaper comics audience would like to see strips such as Alley Oop continue with new writers, etc. It would be far more likely that a struggling newspaper comics syndicate would just conclude that Alley Oop and the others need to join Brenda Starr at the Old Comics Home.