Having read all of these back in the day, I’ve been following them here, waiting for the specific moment when “Bloom County” became the “Bloom County” of our memories. When it transcended its influences and became something wholly new. In this strip you can see the echoes of Walt Kelly, of Garry Trudeau, of even Charles Schultz. But you can’t imagine any of them drawing THIS strip. And it works, on a level none of them would have imagined.
This, I humbly submit, is the first true “Bloom County” strip.