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Born on the shortest day of '47 in southern CA. At six I moved east to B’klyn. Grew up reading comics in NY papers (Journal American/World Journal Tribune; Daily News & Mirror on Sundays). In my 20's I created and drew a comic strip to submit to several syndicates. It was (perhaps wisely) rejected by all the reputable ones. Unique back then, now it would be described as similar to “Eek!” Worked as a High School teacher of Speech & Theater until "excessed" after a few years. Then joined a multinational accounting/consulting firm and eventually created their first in-house Graphics Department. After 32 years I was offered a retirement package I couldn't refuse. My wife retired at about the same time and we happily spent our free time with friends and family, going to a lot of plays and musicals, visiting museums, and traveling around the country and the world. And then came COVID-19. And I discovered GoComics (and a love of limericks).

Comics I Follow

That is Priceless

That is Priceless

By Steve Melcher
Bozo

Bozo

By Foxo Reardon
Basic Instructions

Basic Instructions

By Scott Meyer
Ripley's Believe It or Not

Ripley's Believe It or Not

By Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
The Comic Strip That Has A Finale Every Day

The Comic Strip That Has A Finale Every Day

By John "Scully" Scully
Dilbert Classics

Dilbert Classics

By Scott Adams
Liberty Meadows

Liberty Meadows

By Frank Cho
Scary Gary

Scary Gary

By Mark Buford
Batch Rejection

Batch Rejection

By Garey McKee
Doonesbury

Doonesbury

By Garry Trudeau
Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin and Hobbes

By Bill Watterson
Non Sequitur

Non Sequitur

By Wiley Miller
Origins of the Sunday Comics

Origins of the Sunday Comics

By Peter Maresca
Little Nemo

Little Nemo

By Winsor McCay
The Upside Down World of Gustave Verbeek

The Upside Down World of Gustave Verbeek

By Gustave Verbeek
Mutt & Jeff

Mutt & Jeff

By Bud Fisher
Skippy

Skippy

By Percy Crosby
Nancy Classics

Nancy Classics

By Ernie Bushmiller
Back to B.C.

Back to B.C.

By Johnny Hart
B.C.

B.C.

By Mastroianni and Hart
Wizard of Id Classics

Wizard of Id Classics

By Parker and Hart
Wizard of Id

Wizard of Id

By Parker and Hart
9 Chickweed Lane Classics

9 Chickweed Lane Classics

By Brooke McEldowney
9 Chickweed Lane

9 Chickweed Lane

By Brooke McEldowney
Pibgorn

Pibgorn

By Brooke McEldowney
Big Nate: First Class

Big Nate: First Class

By Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate

Big Nate

By Lincoln Peirce
Lio

Lio

By Mark Tatulli
Dick Tracy

Dick Tracy

By Joe Staton and Mike Curtis
Annie

Annie

By Jay Maeder and Alan Kupperberg
Gasoline Alley

Gasoline Alley

By Jim Scancarelli
Alley Oop

Alley Oop

By Jonathan Lemon and Joey Alison Sayers
Peanuts Begins

Peanuts Begins

By Charles Schulz
Peanuts

Peanuts

By Charles Schulz
For Better or For Worse

For Better or For Worse

By Lynn Johnston
Rose is Rose

Rose is Rose

By Don Wimmer and Pat Brady
Cathy Classics

Cathy Classics

By Cathy Guisewite
Cathy Commiserations

Cathy Commiserations

By Cathy Guisewite
Jane's World

Jane's World

By Paige Braddock
The Martian Confederacy

The Martian Confederacy

By Paige Braddock and Jason McNamara
Brewster Rockit

Brewster Rockit

By Tim Rickard
Eek!

Eek!

By Scott Nickel
Tom the Dancing Bug

Tom the Dancing Bug

By Ruben Bolling
Super-Fun-Pak Comix

Super-Fun-Pak Comix

By Ruben Bolling
Lay Lines

Lay Lines

By Carol Lay
Pearls Before Swine

Pearls Before Swine

By Stephan Pastis
Herman

Herman

By Jim Unger
Ballard Street

Ballard Street

By Jerry Van Amerongen
Red Meat

Red Meat

By Max Cannon
Wondermark

Wondermark

By David Malki
Deep Dark Fears

Deep Dark Fears

By Fran Krause
Tarzan

Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs
Kliban

Kliban

By B. Kliban
Kliban's Cats

Kliban's Cats

By B. Kliban
Last Kiss

Last Kiss

By John Lustig
Inspector Danger's Crime Quiz

Inspector Danger's Crime Quiz

By Werner Wejp-Olsen
The Argyle Sweater

The Argyle Sweater

By Scott Hilburn
Bound and Gagged

Bound and Gagged

By Dana Summers
Brevity

Brevity

By Dan Thompson
The Daily Drawing

The Daily Drawing

By Lorie Ransom
F Minus

F Minus

By Tony Carrillo
Free Range

Free Range

By Bill Whitehead
Half Full

Half Full

By Maria Scrivan
Junk Drawer

Junk Drawer

By Ellis Rosen
The K Chronicles

The K Chronicles

By Keith Knight
The Knight Life

The Knight Life

By Keith Knight
Long Story Short

Long Story Short

By Daniel Beyer
Looks Good on Paper

Looks Good on Paper

By Dan Collins
Loose Parts

Loose Parts

By Dave Blazek
Mannequin on the Moon

Mannequin on the Moon

By Ian Boothby and Pia Guerra
Medium Large

Medium Large

By Francesco Marciuliano
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

By Zach Weinersmith
Speed Bump

Speed Bump

By Dave Coverly
Strange Brew

Strange Brew

By John Deering
Unstrange Phenomena

Unstrange Phenomena

By Ed Allison
Warped

Warped

By Michael Cavna
Two Party Opera

Two Party Opera

By Brian Carroll
Jen Sorensen

Jen Sorensen

Bad Reporter

Bad Reporter

By Don Asmussen
Lalo Alcaraz

Lalo Alcaraz

Nick Anderson

Nick Anderson

Robert Ariail

Robert Ariail

Clay Bennett

Clay Bennett

Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

Steve Benson

Steve Benson

Chip Bok

Chip Bok

Matt Bors

Matt Bors

Chris Britt

Chris Britt

Tim Campbell

Tim Campbell

Stuart Carlson

Stuart Carlson

Jeff Danziger

Jeff Danziger

Matt Davies

Matt Davies

John Deering

John Deering

Al Goodwyn Editorial Cartoons

Al Goodwyn Editorial Cartoons

By Al Goodwyn
Bob Gorrell

Bob Gorrell

Walt Handelsman

Walt Handelsman

Phil Hands

Phil Hands

Joe Heller

Joe Heller

Clay Jones

Clay Jones

Kevin Kallaugher

Kevin Kallaugher

By KAL
Steve Kelley

Steve Kelley

Kevin Necessary Editorial Cartoons

Kevin Necessary Editorial Cartoons

By Kevin Necessary
Mike Lester

Mike Lester

Mike Luckovich

Mike Luckovich

Gary Markstein

Gary Markstein

M2Bulls

M2Bulls

By Marty Two Bulls Sr.
Brian McFadden

Brian McFadden

Jack Ohman

Jack Ohman

Henry Payne

Henry Payne

Joel Pett

Joel Pett

Ted Rall

Ted Rall

Michael Ramirez

Michael Ramirez

Marshall Ramsey

Marshall Ramsey

Rob Rogers

Rob Rogers

Drew Sheneman

Drew Sheneman

Jeff Stahler

Jeff Stahler

Scott Stantis

Scott Stantis

Dana Summers

Dana Summers

Gary Varvel

Gary Varvel

Dan Wasserman

Dan Wasserman

Signe Wilkinson

Signe Wilkinson

Matt Wuerker

Matt Wuerker

ViewsAmerica

ViewsAmerica

By CartoonArts International
Views of the World

Views of the World

By CartoonArts International
Truth Facts

Truth Facts

By Wulff & Morgenthaler

Recent Comments

  1. 22 minutes ago on That is Priceless

    Please add my kudos to all the others, Bookworm. Your triple-limerick earns the Solstice Award (apologies to Dragoncat) for Multiple Instances of “OMG— I wish I’d thought of that!”

  2. about 7 hours ago on Bozo

    Thanks. Now it all makes sense!

  3. about 11 hours ago on Bozo

    Although I was a child in the early 1950’s, my only knowledge of “mud-pies” is through comic strips or movies of that era and earlier. I can imagine how kids could enjoy making them, but why on earth would anyone buy them? Back then a penny could purchase actual candy or gum. Was this really “a thing”?

  4. about 11 hours ago on That is Priceless

    Sweet Nanette wasn’t good at the game. / She relied on her sensuous frame. / Leaning down to shoot cue balls / gave male players blue balls. / (Which would totally muck up their aim.) /// Nanette knew the men thought she was “hot,” / when she bent over making a shot. / She would flash, if she must, / a down-blouse glimpse of bust, / and behind her just gauze, sans-culottes.

  5. about 12 hours ago on That is Priceless

    Yes, he did. Billy took the profits out of one-pocket to put in a pool to buy an eight-ball but got snookered. He felt terrible, but took it as a cue to get straight, which cushioned the blow.

  6. about 22 hours ago on That is Priceless

    Bright white sunshine shone down through the skylight / to illuminate Claire in a highlight. / She played billiards with skill / and was winning until / she could not see to shoot after twilight.

  7. about 23 hours ago on That is Priceless

    Thirty people or more filled the hall, / waiting while Mademoiselle shot the ball. / The stakes were quite low / and yet, even so, / she endeavored to give it her all. /// Little children and dogs were allowed / to make noises distracting and loud. / When the teenage coquette / lost, the table was set, / and then dinner was served to the crowd.

  8. about 23 hours ago on That is Priceless

    Several girls in revealing white dresses / played with men for the purse each possesses. / Blanche would not take Jules’ cue / as to what she should do. / Did Jules think Blanche could win? Take two guesses. /// Game of Billiards, (please don’t call it pool), / should be played with three balls, as a rule. / But the men in the back / enjoyed watching her rack / fifteen balls with that triangle tool. /// And though Jules had a certain renown, / as a player of billiards in town, / now he overreacted. / Jules, in truth, was distracted / by Blanche in her tight clingy white gown.

  9. 1 day ago on That is Priceless

    Hello, Hunt. You are, of course, totally correct in your assessment of what the painter was depicting. But I suspect that you do not visit us here at Priceless very often, and may be misinterpreting our Comments. What Steve Melcher does, (and what some of us, in our limited ways try to emulate), is to comment humorously on the painting. Sometimes the sillier the better. You may not think everything (or anything) I write is funny, but please don’t imagine I am being serious.

  10. 1 day ago on That is Priceless

    My first reaction, too, was to make (humorous) “sense” of what looks like either two left arms or an amputated right limb. But if you look at it carefully you see that she has a heavy weight strapped to, and pulling back, her upper torso— which could make her stand with her head and hips thrust forward. Add to this the overabundance of clothing layers and a right arm pushing against the basket at the small of her back. So it could be an accurate depiction after all.