Mixtapes and Reagan: 'Alley Oop' Revisits the '80sby Stephen Roth
For those of you who haven't had the pleasure of painstakingly creating a 30-song mixtape on your dual-cassette Panasonic boombox, Alley Oop has got you covered.
In the first adventure since the classic caveman comic rebooted in early January, kooky inventor Dr. Wonmug has a mission for Alley and Ooola: time-travel back to 1986 to retrieve a special mixtape the good doctor left behind.
Sounds kind of trivial, even if the lost tape does have "some killer Duran Duran B-Sides on it," as the doctor puts it. But the trip back to the Me-First Decade is a chance for Alley Oop's new creative team to sink its teeth into some pop cultural meat and establish the strip's new style of humor.
As always, Dr. Wonmug is there to answer the really big questions:
There's also a rumored meet-up with President Ronald Reagan in the works, and who knows what the Commander-in-Chief and former matinee idol will add to Dr. Wonmug's mysterious assignment?
It's been more than two weeks since illustrator Jonathan Lemon and writer Joey Alison Sayers relaunched Alley Oop on Jan. 7. In an interview with GoComics, both said the new version would be true to the 87-year-old comic's characters and time-traveling escapades, but that each strip would also work as a stand-alone joke and punchline. Here's one example of what Lemon and Sayers may be talking about:
Judging from the comments section on GoComics, Alley Oop fans have been watching the strip's changes closely, waitiing for the first big storyline to play out. We're just about as clueless as Alley as to what's coming next. Maybe a broadcast hack with Max Headroom? Maybe Ooola wears a wire for the feds and takes down Gordon Gekko? We really have no idea. Should be fun, though.