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Ray G.
10-23-2005, 10:44 AM
All the talk on this board about the funnies made me want to do something big. Everyone list their top ten favorite Newspaper comic strips of all time, based on the entire body of work of the strip(so if a strip sucks now, judge it not just on that, but on it's heyday as well), whether it's current or ended it's run already. Rank them in order, and I'll give 10 points to your first choice, 9 to your second, and so on. After one week, I'll tally all the votes, and the top 64 (or 32, based on how many votes we get) strips will face off in a one-on-one tournament until we have a winner. Feel free to make any comments next to your votes, but it's not essential, of course. Get to voting! :cool:

CapnChaos
10-23-2005, 10:47 AM
1. Liberty Meadows
2. Calvin and Hobbes
3. For Better or For Worse
4. Peanuts
5. Zits
6. PvP (it has appeared in some papers.)
7. Get Fuzzy
8. Dennis the Menace (the classic ones.)
9. Pogo
10. Foxtrot

AAlgar
10-23-2005, 10:49 AM
I can't think of 10 that I've really enjoyed.

1. Calvin and Hobbes
2. Bloom County
3. The Far Side
4. Zippy the Pinhead

...that's all I have.

Michael John Wheeler
10-23-2005, 10:49 AM
1. Calvin and Hobbes
2. Mutts
3. Peanuts
4. The Far Side
5. Bloom County
6. Pogo
7. Get Fuzzy
8. Thimble Theatre (I just got into this--so good!)
9. For Better or For Worse
10. Liberty Meadows

Ray G.
10-23-2005, 10:52 AM
1. Calvin and Hobbes(Needs no explanation)
2. Bloom County(Best political comic ever)
3. Garfield(Probably still the best pet-based comic strip of all time. Years 4-15 are gold.)
4. For Better or For Worse(An incredibly consistent exercise in storytelling, even if it's become a bit of a soap opera in recent years)
5. Pearls Before Swine(The heir in spirit to #1 and #2. Not as consistently brilliant yet, but it's getting there)
6. Cathy(A perfect example of how great writing can save even the lamest concept. It stays with the times, never gets old, and got a huge shot in the arm when she got married last year.)
7. Over the Hedge(Such a crazy bizzare concept- an animal's eye view of suburbia- and yet it never fails to crack me up. Great slapstick comedy and satire.)
8. Peanuts(For sheer consistency, it deserves a spot here. It was never my thing, but there's no doubt what was accomplished there.)
9. Zits(There are very few good strips about teenagers out there, as teens don't read the funnies too much anymore. But this strip manages to appeal to both teens and adults, and never fails to be solidly funny. The most consistent strip running currently.)
10. Crankshaft(My guilty pleasure. This strip about a curmudgeonly bus driver has some repetitive jokes, but it balances it with incredibly likeable characters and great art. Miles better than Funky Winkerbean, by the same creators.)

Evan the Shaggy
10-23-2005, 11:01 AM
1. Calvin and Hobbes
2. Big Nate (One of the most overlooked comic strips in my opinion)
3. Liberty Meadows
4. Boondocks
5. Zits

Ray G.
10-23-2005, 01:33 PM
Bump. Gotta get more votes.

Ben Rosen
10-23-2005, 03:04 PM
1. Peanuts
2. The Far Side
2. Calvin and Hobbes
4. Zits

and i'm out.

Ray G.
10-25-2005, 06:21 AM
Bump.

Shane W
10-25-2005, 06:24 AM
1) Bloom County
2) The Far Side
3) Peanuts
4) Dilbert (fuck you, it's funny)
5) Calvin and Hobbes
6) Red Meat

Brian Defferding
10-25-2005, 06:37 AM
1.) Get Fuzzy (Bucky and Satchel are the modern day Martin and Lewis)
2.) Calvin and Hobbes (It really, really captures the imagination of a kid)
3.) Peanuts (kinda goes without saying here)
4.) The Far Side (Best single-panel cartoon ever)
5.) Foxtrot (geek humor before there was geek humor)
6.) Dilbert (work in an office once and you'll find this strip painfully funny)
7.) Heathcliff (Underrated; it was like Garfield meets the Yellow Kid)
8.) Krazy Kat (sometimes hard to read, but it was ahead of the game during its run)
9.) Garfield (It used to be the funniest strip in the presses during my teenage years)
10.) Blondie (My guilty pleasure. Also, I kinda had a thing for Blondie. Maybe it was her big tits.)

EDIT: I just noticed how many strips on my top 10 include a cat. :shock: But I hate cats! WTF?!

David
10-25-2005, 06:57 AM
1. Doonesbury
2.Adam@home
3.Shermans Lagoon
4. Zits
5.Get Fuzzy

ItsDLEVY
10-25-2005, 07:09 AM
1. Doonesbury
2. For Better or For Worse
3. Bloom County
4. Dick Tracy
5. Little Orphan Annie
6. Li'l Abner
7. Spiderman
8. Non Sequitor
9. Rehabillitating Mr. Wiggles
10. Mother Goose and Grimm

totally off the top of my head based on gut instinct. Peanuts should probably be there, but so many years of crap have dulled the good for me. I probably would have included Boondocks if I thought harder or longer about it.

And as much as I liked Far Side and Dennis The Menace, I contend that a one panel cartoon is not a "strip."

mattbrand
10-25-2005, 07:52 AM
1. Calvin & Hobbes
2. Bloom County
3. Peanuts
4. The Far Side
5. Foxtrot
6. Dilbert

Ray G.
10-27-2005, 02:19 PM
Funny bump. You've got till Sunday to vote! :D

Corwin: Bear Fighter
10-27-2005, 03:52 PM
1. Flash Gordon
2. Calvin and Hobbes
3. Pogo
4. Life in Hell
5. Peanuts
6. Zorro
7. Little Nemo in Slumberland
8. Sky Masters
9. Non Sequiter
10. Spider-Man

Flonk
10-27-2005, 11:18 PM
The Spork rules all

Ray G.
10-28-2005, 06:41 AM
The Spork rules all

You can't vote for yourself. :mad:

Flonk
10-28-2005, 12:15 PM
You can't vote for yourself. :mad:

Watch me


1. The Spork
2. Peanuts
3. Calvin and Hobbes
4. PvP
5. The Far Side
6. FoxTrot
7. Zitz
8. Dilbert
9. Ctrl-Alt-Del
10. Marmaduke

Blake Sims
10-28-2005, 12:58 PM
Peanuts
Calvin and Hobbes

nuff said

Ray G.
10-28-2005, 02:22 PM
Peanuts
Calvin and Hobbes

nuff said

So am I to assume that Peanuts is #1 and Calvin and Hobbes is #2? It might make a difference in the seeding.

adventure metal
10-28-2005, 03:52 PM
Calvin and Hobbes
Far Side
Robotman/Monty
Sherman's Lagoon
Foxtrot
For Better or For Worse
Dilbert
Dennis the Menace (the old single circle panel ones)

1 is at the top.

Out.

wh park
10-28-2005, 04:07 PM
1. Steve Canyon
2. Flash Gordon (Alex Raymond)
3. Prince Valiant
4. Terry & The Pirates (Caniff)
5. Flash Gordon (Mac Raboy)
6. Secret Agent X-9 (Al Williamson)
7. Bloom County
8. Tarzan (Foster, Hogarth)
9. Calvin & Hobbes
10. Pogo

Ray G.
10-29-2005, 07:48 AM
24 hours to go!

Ray G.
10-31-2005, 10:30 AM
We have 52 entries so far. I'm going to cull them down the 32 top scorers, and then I"ll start a new thread for the official voting.

Ray G.
10-31-2005, 10:35 AM
Ah, screw it. Actually, there are some really good strips that were ranked very high by one or two people in the bottom twenty. I'll just put up all 26 matchups, and we'll see where it goes from there.

mattbrand
10-31-2005, 10:42 AM
Can I add a choice? If so:

7. Robotman

Raphael J
10-31-2005, 10:45 AM
1. Calvin and Hobbes
2. The Boondocks
3. Peanuts
4. The Far Side
5. Get Fuzzy
6. Liberty Meadows
7. Get Fuzzy
8. Foxtrot
9. For Better or Worst
10. Zits

CapnChaos
10-31-2005, 10:47 AM
Wait... my comic was printed in a newspaper.

I change my #1 to PUCK and move everything down one. ;)

Ray G.
10-31-2005, 10:49 AM
Alright, I was actually one short. So Puck is in, and Raph and Matt's choices will be added. However, I have to close this now, so we can move onto the next stage!

mattbrand
10-31-2005, 10:50 AM
Alright, I was actually one short. So Puck is in, and Raph and Matt's choices will be added. However, I have to close this now, so we can move onto the next stage!

Thanks man!