Thursday, June 01, 2006

Cow and Boy

It's turned into a big day for silent penultimate panels.

Cow and Boy by Mark Leiknes
Overboard by Chip Dunham
Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Mother Goose and Grim by Mike Peters

There are two series of Peanuts reprints out there--one from 1959 and one from 1993. Charles Schulz manages the unique feat of two SPPs from the same day of the week from two different years decades apart. In the earlier era, Schulz was an SPP addict. By 1993, after he broke from the four-panel format, Schulz hardly ever used them.

Cow and Boy has been getting some attention recently. I've been following it, but I don't particularly like it. I think Leiknes might suffer from a case of Frank Cho syndrome--an over-abundance of illustration chops with a shallow dearth of wit. (The reverse of this is Scott Adams syndrome.) And, mostly, I just don't think this Cow looks very funny.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

me no like cow and boy neither -- me do like Ink Pen for a new cartoonst

11:18 AM  
Blogger Ampersand said...

You know, the fact that early Peanuts used the SSP a lot, while later Peanuts did not, is hardly an argument against SSPs.

4:04 PM  

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