Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sunday morning toons: Special "Tough week for the pantheon" edition

This was a tough week for our pantheon of gods: We were reminded that Neil Armstrong only had one line--and he flubbed it; Obama's poll numbers dipped; Kim Jong Il has pancreatic cancer; and--not to be outdone--Walter Cronkite actually died on us. On the other hand, there's the dubious comfort of knowing that Dick Cheney really was the evil, tyrannical SOB we all thought he was. Daryl Cagle's toon round-up has it all.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckavich, Pat Bagley,David Fitzsimmons, Monty Wolverton, Jimmy Margulies, Steve Sack, Jerry Holbert, Gary Brookins, Mike Keefe, and Nate Beeler.

p3 Best of Show Award: Dave Grandlund.

p3 Citation for Most Thorough Exploration of a Strange Metphor: R. J. Matson.

p3 "Epitaph in 140 Characters or Less" Award: Adam Zyglis.

And now Middle America has lost Walter Cronkite. Saluting the passage of a legend, and the end of an era: Nate Beeler, Joe Heller, John Darkow, Jimmy Margulies, Steve Greenberg, and Daryl Cagle,

p3 World Toon Review: Simanca (Brazil), Peter Nicholson (Australia), Victor Ndula (Kenya), Stephane Peray (Thailand), and
Cameron Cardow (Canada).

Ann Telnaes salutes health care reform, Republican-style.

The Comics Curmudgeon exposes the long-denied connection between "Dick Tracy" and Weimar-era German expressionism.

p3 Guest Toon: Once carefree college students, now respectable businessmen, Mike and his old college lab partner share insights about the fundamentals of business.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman bids farewell to an American institution.

Ya gotta save yer yout' fer yer old age! Poopdeck Pappy wants to hit the clubs; Popeye thinks he should get his rest. You can do the math from there. From 1940, in glorious black-and-white, directed by Dave Fleischer--don't miss the great little time-step on the wharf.

p3 Bonus Toon: Jesse Springer knows a silly idea when he sees one (click to enlarge):

And finally, check out Slate's political cartoons of the day for today.

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