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Playing Catch Up with Comic Strips

Vintage Comics Kingdom has added Vintage Mark Trail to its offerings. For some reason they are running strips from 1971, 25 years after the comic began in 1946. By this time the art is as much assistant Jack Elrod as creator Ed Dodd. In 1978 Elrod would begin co-signing the strip.

Also odd is that they started this a week into the story, Why not start with the previous week? As a way of prelude here’s a couple strips from the week before,


© Publishers-Hall Syndicate/North America Syndicate (KFS)


Over at GoComics we reported that they had begun rerunning the Tarzan strips from the first GoComics strips in 1996. Unfortunately for the Spanish speaking Tarzán en Español didn’t begin running until 2007. Those strips are not being updated past the June 19, 2021 issues.

© Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.


© Patrick McDonnell

As we noted last month Patrick McDonnell has begun his sabbatical.

This past Sunday Patrick informed his fans of his plans and promises to keep us updated:

I have a special announcement to share with all of you: I’m working on a literary graphic novel with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The tentative title is Heart to Heart and it will be published by HarperOne in the fall of 2022. The book is about the environment, animals, and (mostly) compassion. It has a strong, timely message and I’m honored and enthused to be part of this important project. As the book reveals itself, you will be the first to see its progress.

Read Patrick’s full announcement at


Joining Berke Breathed in celebrating Bill Watterson‘s creation were John Zakour and Scott Roberts in a week-long arc that became a guest starring turn with Calvin and Hobbes in their Maria’s Day.

© Zakour & Roberts; Calvin and Hobbes © Bill Watterson

The tribute began on June 28.


Elsewhere Dan Collins’ Looks Good on Paper featured a prequel to Casper the Friendly Ghost.

© Dan Collins


© King Features Syndicate

Mallard Fillmore is entering its third week without creator Bruce Tinsley contributing to the dailies (we’ll see if he turns up later this week), and now July 4th was the first Sunday he missed this year (it being done by Loren Fishman). His extended absence last year was attributed to a long illness – we hope that hasn’t reoccurred.

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