First Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for January 07, 2002

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    mac47  almost 13 years ago

    The very first Pearls.

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    TheSpanishInquisition  almost 13 years ago

    ^ Apparently I’m not the first to come and pay homage. Good first strip!

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    boyfromoz  almost 13 years ago

    Wow, Rat’s almost showing some humanity!

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    slimbrownweed  almost 13 years ago

    yeah,thats a first for rat!

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    Slam Dragon  almost 13 years ago

    The first strip was actually published on the United Feature Syndicate in 2000, not 2002. The first Pearls published in a newspaper was published in 2001. Read it on wikipedia.

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    koopatroopafan  over 12 years ago

    love this strip

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    wiselad  over 12 years ago

    rat and pig sure looked different in January 2002, and “newspaper ones” only go back basically one week(it started Dec 31st, 2001)

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    egomantheegotistical  over 12 years ago

    the characters looked different back then and the type was different, but its a pretty good first strip.

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    xall2h1  over 12 years ago

    the first pearls!!

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    Sweet B  about 12 years ago

    Who man they look so crerepy (pig)

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    corzak  about 12 years ago

    Rats have a life span of – at most – 5 years. So the 2012 Rat is more than ten years old. That’s 140 in human years . . . no wonder he’s so crotchety and bitter!

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    m.l.  almost 12 years ago
    FIRST PEARLS and Pastis actually signed this strip though in black and white, though this strip was sad…future ones will be darker !
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    Austria  over 11 years ago

    And now I have gone from current times to the very beginning of the strip.

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    PearlsBe4SwineFreak13  over 11 years ago

    I was born on the second pearls!!!!

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    Sweet B  over 11 years ago

    if you miss kablam say I.i wasnt born in the 90s but it was probabley the best 4 years of your lives

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    ................arya+eragon=love.............  almost 11 years ago

    I came here to say that I have now read every single strip ever written for Pearls, from the first one in the first treasury to the 7/31/13 strip in the paper. And i loved every one. Go Pastis!!!!!!!

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    hitman4cookies  almost 11 years ago

    So this is how it all started/

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    PEARLSBEFORESWINELOVER88  over 10 years ago


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    claire de la lune.  over 10 years ago

    back in the simpler times of life….

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    Crazypearlsbe4swinefan  about 10 years ago

    I pay my tribute

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    dchur123  about 10 years ago

    Da first pearls before swine!! Dahn Dahn Dahn !

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    RerunsforeveryoneCB  over 9 years ago


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    comicsnerd74  about 9 years ago

    First strip! EVAR! THAT MEANS I HAVE SUCCEEDED IN READING EVERY SINGLE STRIP EVAR (BACKWARDS)!WOOHOO! (and is it weird i’m writing this @ 11:30 p.m. in hiding from my parents)

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    Esnyder212  about 9 years ago

    They look better in today’s strips.

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    alextheparrot  over 8 years ago

    I know! I actually also have the treasury, and was a bit confused at all the “oooh it’s the first strip ever” comments

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    Comicmaaan  about 8 years ago

    You ummm…. this strip started on 12/31/01

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    gnbman  about 8 years ago

    I see not much has changed.

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    BarrelO'Molasses Premium Member over 7 years ago

    If they are talking t night, the next strip isn’t possible.

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    JackBlack1  almost 7 years ago

    I wonder how many times the “Risk of playing the game” joke has been used by now in Pearls, I am quite sure it was at least five times.

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    LeoDaSavage  over 6 years ago

    Uh… can we do a moment of silence or something?

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    SonicFan91  over 5 years ago

    I wonder what came first? This or Timmy Faulier

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    The_Unborn  about 5 years ago


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    TURTLEDUDE  over 4 years ago

    Rat and Pig kinda switched personalities.

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    marclimo  over 4 years ago
    ok this is a good comic
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    bignateyassqueen  over 4 years ago

    my dad said “ha thats funny”

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    Future Reuben Recipient  over 4 years ago

    The very fourth Pearls

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    Noreason42  over 4 years ago

    look at rat he looks so uuuuuhhhhhh

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    Buizel  about 4 years ago

    Cool! rat and pig switched lines!

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    Beware of Duck (Happy Pride Month!!)  about 4 years ago

    I’m just here’s to pay tribute to the first strip of the best comic ever, and I’m joined by many others

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    MrSockSock  about 4 years ago


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    Pizza_lover  about 4 years ago

    Lol! So funny.

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    PizzaKitty  almost 4 years ago

    Aaaaah I forgot how different rat and pig looked lol. Strips still funny though, as always

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    Wҽιɾԃ Exρɾҽʂʂισɳ Mαɳ  almost 4 years ago

    A ceiling tile CRUSHED somebody???

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    Inactive person  almost 4 years ago

    Look at Rat and Pig so different!

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    WeirdStuff  almost 4 years ago

    This looks creepy

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    A_Dilophosaurus  over 3 years ago

    For anybody reading ‘Pearls’ from the begining please count the number of Crocs that die, the number of Zebras that die, and the number of times Rat kills Pastis (or severly injures him) Thank you!

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    potatokilledme  over 3 years ago

    man these drawings suck

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    Bye Bye Jeffy  over 3 years ago

    if you look at this one and then look at the last one with rat you will see a HUGE difference in his snout

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    le sparkster  over 3 years ago

    hey gocomics can you add the ones from the washington post? i want to read them.

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    Tbh, I don’t really like pre-2008 strips.

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    Call me Ishmael  over 3 years ago

    And it IS a Pearl !

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    Nate Arbuckle, Quincy and Hobbes.  over 3 years ago

    Aah yes, the first comic strip from a comicthatIhaven’treallyreadbutmight startreadingitandIknowthatalotofpeoplelikeit.

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    Eagles fan (A.S.A)  about 3 years ago

    This was the third comic ever of Pearls Before Swine.

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    JSTORM85 1.0 (real)  about 3 years ago

    Wow this came out the day BN was created

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    newyorkbob570  about 3 years ago

    Wow, the first pearls before swine comic, one of the best strips, if not the best, and now I can comment on them. I like the older strips more despite the newer strips having a better look, at least the old ones arent just a bad pun then stephen getting hit over and over

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    me_the_polish_gull  about 3 years ago

    You know, what’s funny? That they started publishing on this website from the second week of strips (February 7 – 13, 2002)

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    [Unnamed Reader - 88e25e]  over 2 years ago

    the first pearls was actually started in December 31 2001

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    aspen :D  about 2 years ago

    damn 20 years

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    Earls Before Swine Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Aight. I have nothing better to do, so I’m counting all the dead crocs, once and for all. See you in a year or so.

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    Swirls Before Pine  over 1 year ago

    How do I know this an ancient strip? Rat is showing sympathy.

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    Barbara Chicco Premium Member about 1 year ago

    you can recognize the coming sophistication

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    Ruben S.  6 months ago

    less likes then i had guessed, unlike the first bg nate

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