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Funny Pages Changes

In Cowley County Kansas Curtis has replaced Baby Blues.

From The Courier Traveler:

We need to update readers on changes to our comics page.

First the comics. Our main supplier of comic strips, King Features Syndicate, recently lost Baby Blues to another syndicate. We had to scramble to fill that spot and chose Curtis. It’s been around since 1988 and details a close-knit, contemporary African-American family living in the inner city. Here is how King Features describes the strip, written by Ray Billingsley and inspired by his own childhood.

Curtis adds diversity and perspective to our comics page. We hope you give it a chance.

© King Features Syndicate

The publisher does note:

Baby Blues is a popular comic and we have heard from readers who miss it. We could possibly purchase it again but would need to drop another comic.
Let me know if you have an opinion on that.


When one door closes another door opens.

© Baby Blues Bros LLC

But Baby Blues, along with Monty and Cul de Sac, gains a paper in Connellsville Pennsylvania.

From The Daily Courier:

New comics appear starting today Three new comics have been introduced on today’s comics page — “Monty,” “Cul-De- Sac” and “Baby Blues.” With the addition of the new comic strips, “Celebrity Cipher” and “Wonder Word” puzzles have moved to the Sudoku page.

© Jim Meddick

© Richard Thompson

Not sure when The Courier Traveler made the switch but The Daily Courier made their change on February 15, a Tuesday. There was a time newspapers finished running strips on Saturdays, with the new comic additions debuting on Mondays. When did that change?


Community Comments

#1 Charles Brubaker
@ 12:00 am

I must be out of loop. Is “Cul de Sac” available in reruns?

#2 Darryl Heine
@ 7:02 am

So there are a few papers carrying Cul-De-Sac reruns when it ceased almost 10 years ago and 4 years later Cul-De-Sac cartoonist Richard Thompson passed away after a long Parkinson’s disease battle?

#3 Andréa Denninger
@ 8:19 am

Cul de Sac is, luckily, available on GoComics. I’ve read ’em all, and several times (plus the books) and STILL laff at ev’ry one.
As Thompson said, ‘These characters have so much more to say’, and I regret his demise every day.

A YT documentary I’m sure I posted previously . . .

#4 Andréa Denninger
@ 9:18 am

Lennie of ‘The Big Picture’ even comments on changes in the ‘funny pages’ . . .

#5 D. D. Degg
@ 9:21 am

Indeed. A look at the AMS page of comics available to newspapers shows Cul de Sac among the titles.

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