Sunday, March 12, 2006

Sunday Comics

Sundays are a little bit different. The dull rythm of the three or four panel SPP isn't there, but there are still plenty of silent reaction panels that serve no purpose than to artificially create comic-timing. And Frazz is still at it.

So the Sunday silent penultimate panels are
Frazz by Jef Mallet and
Baby Blues by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott

For Better or For Worse goes to further review:

But, the silent reaction shot is necessary. --Off the watch.

For a curious reverse of the formula, see today's Peanuts reprint:

An otherwise silent strip is interupted by a penultimate speaking panel. The Sunday reprints are from the early seventies, decades before the SPP formula became a cliche. Also interesting is the emotion description over Lucy. This sort of thing is standard in manga, but rarely seen in American comics. In the midst of doing the same thing every day for fifty years, Charles Schulz was quietly inventive.


Blogger Jim said...

Actually, for 2006, they jumped back over a decade, and the Sunday "Peanuts" reprints are from 1959.

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Woodrowfan said...

You can also read the daily 1959 strips at, even though the daily strip printed in my paper (the Washignton Post) is a 70s or 80s strip.

(found your blog via

4:51 PM  
Blogger Matt Gill said...

Wow, I feel like a fool for missing the decade switch. Peanuts is my favorite comic strip ever, and I miss something like that. Sort of hurts my credibility as a critic, huh?

8:59 PM  

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