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The Comic Book Fools of April – Unsung Blondie Goodness!

Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Paul Fung Jr. is a wonderfully talented comic book artist who worked on the Blondie comic book for over 40 years!! He did an excellent job for decades, but since the book was billed as Chic Young’s Blondie (Young being the creator of Blondie), Fung was not exactly a household name.

I’m picking a random issue of Blondie (#211, from Charlton Comics) to give you an example of the strong work Fung did on the title.

Enjoy!

First, a fun superhero parody (of sorts)…

And then a neat comic where Dagwood is without his bathrobe.

When he is first called to the phone, he ends up using Blondie’s new bathroom curtains. But then Blondie leaves with the kids and the phone rings again…

Fung had a great style and he tells a story very well. Just like Bob Gustafson’s great Beetle Bailey comics, these are some hidden gems. Whether you like the Blondie comic strip itself or not, these comic book versions are good, funny stuff.

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Can’t get enough of April Fool’s Day? Then check out these bloopers I saw on the GreenopolisTV channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee8LgCtq0Os.

First Pos- oh wait, beat by a spambot. :P

I haven’t read a Blondie strip in years, but I fondly remember the comic from my childhood. I liked Dagwood best among all the family comedy dads. He just felt like a more likeable loser. What’s the everyman symbol today, Homer Simpson? Sigh.

(Oh and nice twist in that we never find out if it really was a dream or not in the end!)

Comics Trivia: The Spanish version of the strip was titled Lorenzo and Pepita (those being the names given to Dagwood and Blondie in that version) which means Dagwood got equal cover billing as his wife, which he never did in English despite decades of being married. Go Dag! :D

From the accident insurance salesman’s speech: “This guy’s lost his cool and it’s time for me to split the scene,” I guess this dates from late 60s/early 70s. Looking forward to the ‘Blondie: The Lost Hippy/Relevance Years’ Graphic Novel by O’Neil/Skeates/Adams co-starring Brother Power The Geek and The Mad Mod!

Blondie must have broken her neck outside the police station. That is not a natural position.

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