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mbo1142
07 Aug 2017
10:32:07am
Not sure this is the correct place for this, but needed a laugh for the day. Wanted to post the cartoon, but the wording was not readable. So providing the link. If you are not familiar with the character, he is rich. Don't Tell Anyone

http://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury/1979/4/15

Even the wording in the link is hard to read.


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Snick1946
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07 Aug 2017
10:46:22am
re: Doonesbury Cartoon

Thanks, I used to love this strip, my local paper dropped it some years back; they were getting complaints about it being too 'Liberal'.

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sheepshanks
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07 Aug 2017
12:02:22pm
re: Doonesbury Cartoon

Guess there is a very wide gulf between English and North American humour as I fail to see anything amusing in that comic strip.
Maybe I'm missing a point but if James? is retired why does he need to complete a term paper? Or am I mis-reading the words.
Sorry folks.

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angore
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07 Aug 2017
12:11:35pm
re: Doonesbury Cartoon

Are you looking at right cartoon? He is discussing collecting stamps and the humor is in the last two panes where he orders a complete mint set of Monaco and then moves on to another country...how a rich person may collect/

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ernieinjax
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07 Aug 2017
01:08:53pm
re: Doonesbury Cartoon

It's really no different than ordering mnh year sets. Lots of people "collect" like this. Hey, to each their own but there isn't much sport about it.

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sheepshanks
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07 Aug 2017
02:22:46pm
re: Doonesbury Cartoon

Angore, yes that's the one I was looking at, did not see that as humour, more a reflection of how some folks collect.

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07 Aug 2017
04:45:30pm
re: Doonesbury Cartoon

A challenge of Doonesbury is that it is character-driven rather than gag-driven. Understanding any particular "strip" in this period required the reader to have read at least the preceding few weeks' of strips and missing a few days of readership could cause complete disorientation as to the plot line. The James character was a pop musician who served as a stereotype for stars who came out of the 1960s or 1970s as protest singers, became commercial, pounded out pop hits and then quit or retired to oblivion. At this point, James has retired from such stardom and shocked his fans by returning to college to major in English, hence the term paper. The cartoons here, overall, are a commentary on James' penchant for believing that he can accomplish anything significant (a chart-topping hit song, a term paper, a stamp collection) via minimal personal effort while relying on others to do the real work. Thus his only involvement in the work of stamp collection is dialing the phone. He personifies the lazy jerk who is somehow successful and causes everyone around him to wonder why they are working so hard.

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HungaryForStamps
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07 Aug 2017
05:05:48pm
re: Doonesbury Cartoon

I also think you are missing the point when he says "a complete set of mint issues from Monaco". He has just ordered every stamp in mint condition from Monaco in one fell swoop, thus starting and completing his Monaco collection with a single phone call.

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Stampme
07 Aug 2017
07:55:05pm
re: Doonesbury Cartoon

Ha. Good one. Doonesbury, the comic that dare not speak its fame.
Bruce

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Tom in Exton, PA
07 Aug 2017
09:13:12pm

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"I also think you are missing the point when he says "a complete set of mint issues from Monaco". He has just ordered every stamp in mint condition from Monaco in one fell swoop, thus starting and completing his Monaco collection with a single phone call."



There's some of us in that cartoon. As an adult, I can pretty much go on eBay and "order" expensive stamps like US Number 1, the 50 cent mint Columbian or the Zeppelin covers I bought within recent memory. $100 plus or minus isn't going to change my month by much. (Though I had second thoughts and didn't buy the $300 US Number 2 I saw recently)

It's a big difference from when I was a kid and sweated and saved to buy a specific stamp. Once I could actually buy it, there was this euphoria of achievement, part of which has driven me to be successful today. I miss that euphoria! Happy

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