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Luann Toilet Humor (the Bernice Pee Pee Strip)

Potty mouths are rare, if not nonexistent, in syndicated newspaper comics. Potty humor, on the other hand, has become a modern-day standard – usually involving dogs or other animals.

Sometimes cartoonists feature humans and their bathroom habits.


above: Oh, Brother


above: Marvin

Greg Evans and his Luann comic strip has been known to dive into that area:

Showing a baby potty training? No problem.
Looking under the stall doors? A bit more daring.
But yesterday Greg and Karen pushed the envelope further than ever before:

Show a young adult woman peeing on the toilet may be (is?) a first for newspaper comics.
Bernice, having moved in with the DeGroots, is trying to be quiet;
this early morning scenario started on Monday.

 

Community Comments

#1 Brad Walker
August/7/2020
@ 8:24 am

I read that Japanese women, particularly over a certain age, would sing in the toilet to drown out any noise. Of course that wouldn’t help Bernice…

#2 Denny Lien
August/7/2020
@ 8:34 am

re “Show[ing] a young adult woman peeing on the toilet may be (is?) a first for newspaper comics.” —

Especially when it’s a regular, continuing character rather than an unknown in, say, some one-panel gage comic (not that I can think of an example of having seen the latter offhand either).

But if you take out the “young,” there was an example a couple of weeks ago in ZITS in which we saw a middle-aged adult woman who is a continuing character — Jeremy’s mother — doing so, in her memory flashback of lack of privacy back in the days when Jeremy was a toddler running around in the bathroom.

(And as you note, there have been numerous instances of milder ‘legs under stall doors’ depictions, many of them in earlier LUANN strips.)

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