August 20th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

The round-headed revenant

A strip doesn't have to be a live dinosaur to have overstayed its welcome on the comics page; as we all know, there are an awful lot of Classic Strips out there crowding out newer material so that boomers don't have to face up to their own mortality. The most famous of the sort of zombie strips is, of course, 'Peanuts'; while I don't dispute Schulz's legacy or his children's right to make a buck of their father's work, what I do question is the need the boomers have to keep their favorite strips on the page forever and always. I can remember a time when there was turnover in the funny pages instead of the bizarre stasis one sees today. That's because features editors used to be made of sterner stuff; while they respected popular opinion, they weren't as they are now. Back in the sixties, a man as dependent as his heirs and assigns are on polls would be written off as being somewhat unmanly. In any event, it seems to me that, like Garfield, the Peanuts machine could march on just as easily if the strip were in fewer papers.