Comic Strips Back to the Future

Yesterday’s, today’s, and tomorrow’s comic strips.

Old Spanish comic strip is new Comics Kingdom comic strip.

Goomer by Ricardo Antonino Martínez Ortega (Ricardo) and José Ignacio Moreno Cuñat (Nacho) first appeared, according to Wikipedia, “since 1988 … for “El Pequeño País” Sunday newspaper.” Lambiek’s Comiclopedia says that the character’s “adventures appear in El Mundo since 1990.”

It showed up on Comics Kingdom the other day with a twelve Sunday page archive and, according to Comics Kingdom, will be “publishing three times a week on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.”

Compare the English and Spanish version.

Above: Popeye and The Whiffle Hen (June 11, 1929) and Popeye and Spinach (July 3, 1932) both by Segar.

So is the magical Whiffle Hen or spinach nutrients that give Popeye his amazing strength?

Current Sunday (and Thursday) Popeye cartoonist and historian Randy Milholland goes deep on X/Twitter to supply the answer as he sees it after reading Segar, Sims/Zaboly, Sagendorf, and London.

While we’re talking Popeye … today’s (actually January1, 1930) Vintage Thimble Theater/Theatre has gone missing. But not for long.

Men’s Health has 45 Comic Creators and their picks for great comics.

For Men’s Health’s expansive comic book package, we got in touch with 45 of our favorite comic book and graphic novel creators and asked them to shout out the industry icons, legends, and colleagues who inspire them, too—and their picks didn’t disappoint. For long-time readers, there are some obvious answers (who wouldn’t recommend Watchmen or Maus?), but there are plenty of unique, deep cut picks too. Anyone looking for a truly great read—seriously, whatever they’re looking for—can read on for a whole slew of options that illustrate just how creative, exciting, and just plain weird (in a good way!) comic books can be.

Only one, Ann Nocenti, listed a couple comic strips – Pogo and Krazy Kat.

Okay, Mike Deodato, Jr. did include The Spirit newspaper comic book sections.

If you’re passing through Columbus, Ohio this summer and you’ve ever wondered how someone might go about making the perfect gag in a comic, you might just find something just near the solution at the Nancy Show at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. The creator of Nancy, that old-timey comic strip known for it’s timeless little jokes, Ernie Bushmiller, confessed that even he could ” never quite seem to find” the perfect gag. No way! I, for one, object. And strongly, at that! Bushmiller’s a master of the gag, just look at these odd little wonders.

Nancy Dressed reviews The Nancy Show exhibit for Boing Boing.

Andrews McMeel proudly boasts of three Reuben Award nominees.

Future Funnies:

Bret Blevins turn as The Phantom daily artist ends this week and Mike Manley returns next week Monday.

100 Years Ago This Month: Banana Oil by Milt Gross.

Standout comic of today is Barney and Clyde.

David Clark‘s art and colors struck me as exceptional today.