You know, I agree Bloom County was mindblowing. But I absolutely can't re-read most of it (like Doonesbury). Peanuts, and C&H, are infinitely re-readable, I think. B.C. probably falls to that side too, although Pogo probably falls to the side of getting dated.
My folks got the Globe and a more local paper, the Lowell Sun, every day and the Advertiser (later subsumed into the Record-American) added into the mix on Sundays. The only one we never got (except when my conservative grandfather was visiting) was the Herald.
Guess which one carried Peanuts?
I still read Doonesbury well into adulthood, but I think it was in 2005 that the Guardian started running The Perry Bible Fellowship that I finally found another title I enjoyed as much. Every Friday I'd skip through the supplements just to find out what the latest comic was.
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Rick O'Shay, Hipshot and Me is still in print. Recommended.
#9 Chickweed Lane both started in the papers and still appear there. Chickweed was never carried by a lot of papers, in no small part because author Brooke McEldowney refused and refuses to bow to the lowest common denominator. A couple of years back he had enough success with his online strip Pibgorn that he could take even more risks with Chickweed. He aged his characters overnight and shortly after started a year-long arc that's now been collected into one of the best GNs around, Edie Ernst, USO Singer/Allied Spy. From the number of collections he's bringing out at Pib Press, I strongly suspect the web is now far more important to him than the papers.
Frazz started in the papers, and they still seem to be the main venue for it. When Jef Mallett started it, he was deluged with the same two questions over and over: Are you a pseudonym for Bill Watterson? Is Frazz a grown-up Calvin? The answer to both is no, but you don't have to read much of the strip to see why the questions keep coming up. I hear that Mallett makes a nice little appearance in the Bill Watterson documentary as well.
I have to admit that I love Dilbert and Hagar The Horrible from the strips still being published.
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