Comic strips & collections

Here are my votes on newspaper and online comic strips, current ones and ones from the recent past. It’s possible that some of these strips used to be funnier than they are now. There are some comic strips that are supposed to be serious — I haven’t gotten into any of them (if there was a Rex Morgan, M.D. in a newspaper I was reading I would skip it).

It’s interesting how 3 of the 4 best comic strips ended while they were still brilliant, yet many of the less funny ones just keep going and going (sometimes transitioning into the hands of the original creator’s children or others).

Always Funny

  • Bloom County — Berke Breathed
  • Calvin & Hobbes — Bill Watterson
  • The Far Side — Gary Larson
  • Gil — Norm Feuti

Often Funny

Occasionally Funny

  • Adam@Home — Rob Harrell
  • B. C. — Mason & Mick Mastroianni and Perri Hart  (Johnny Hart until 2007)
  • Beetle Bailey — Greg & Mort Walker (Mort Walker and assisted by various others)
  • Blondie — Dean Young and John Marshall (Chic Young until 1973)
  • Broom-Hilda — Russell Myers
  • For Better or For Worse — Lynn Johnston
  • FoxTrot — Bill Amend
  • Garfield — Jim Davis assisted by various others
  • Hägar the Horrible — Chris Browne (Dik Browne until 1988)
  • Hi and Lois — Brian & Greg Walker and Robert Browne (Mort Walker and Dik Browne)
  • Mother Goose and Grimm — Mike Peters
  • Non Sequitur — Wiley Miller
  • Overboard — Chip Dunham
  • Peanuts — Charles M. Schulz
  • Pearls Before Swine — Stephan Pastis
  • Retail — Norm Feuti
  • Rhymes with Orange — Hilary B. Price
  • Shoe — Chris Cassatt, Gary Brookins and Susie MacNelly (Jeff MacNelly until 2000)
  • Wizard of Id — Jeff Parker (Brant Parker and Johnny Hart until 1997)
  • Zits — Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman

Never Funny

  • Cathy — Cathy Guisewite
  • Drabble — Kevin Fagan
  • Family Circus — Jeff Keane (Bil Keane)
  • Marmaduke — Brad Anderson

Collections

Best of the best

  • Bloom County Babylon – Berke Breathed
  • Classics of Western Literature – Berke Breathed
  • The Far Side Gallery – Gary Larson
  • The Far Side Gallery 2 – Gary Larson
  • The Far Side Gallery 3 – Gary Larson
  • The Far Side Gallery 4 – Gary Larson
  • The Far Side Gallery 5 – Gary Larson
  • The PreHistory of the Far Side – Gary Larson
  • Last Chapter and Worse – Gary Larson
  • The Essential Calvin and Hobbes – Bill Watterson
  • The Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book – Bill Watterson
  • The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes – Bill Watterson
  • The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes – Bill Watterson

Runner ups

  • Dilbert: A Treasury of Sunday Strips — Scott Adams
  • Journey to Cubeville — Scott Adams
  • Bucky Katt’s Big Book of Fun — Darby Conley
  • Sherman’s Lagoon 1991 – 2001 — Jim Toomey

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