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Happy Thirtieth Anniversary, Bizarro!

Posted in Uncategorized by cesco7 on January 22, 2015

Thirty years ago today Dan Piraro’s incredible comic “Bizarro” launched. One of my greatest professional and personal thrills is when he asked me (or I pleaded until he gave in due to disgust and exhaustion, I forget the order) to fill in for him for one week. Here is the Sunday comic that ran during that time. Thank you again, Dan, for both the opportunity and your friendship.Bizarro Sunday Comic

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  1. mikepodgor said, on January 22, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Is that Interplanet Janet? Also Space Invader, the Planet Express ship, the Death Star, and I don’t recognize the little pink guy. Interplanet Janet is the one that’s the most unexpected, though.

    • kedamono said, on January 22, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      The pink guy is Quisp of Breakfast Cereal fame! And you missed Planet X!

      • mikepodgor said, on January 22, 2015 at 4:45 pm

        Ah, I see. I was going to guess something from “Rocky and Bullwinkle” which makes sense because a quick search says that Jay Ward designed Quisp. And I would say I missed that lousy two-timing Planet X.

      • MrCanoehead said, on January 23, 2015 at 9:15 am

        And in the upper right corner, Planet Broccoli.

  2. Joseph Nebus said, on January 23, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Bizarro was one of those comics I only ever saw in other newspapers, you know, the ones that you found when you were out of town. I was delighted to find books of it when I went to college.

    The unread left-wing weekly student newspaper I was on subscribed to Bizarro and we got the dailies at a strikingly low $12 per week, but we didn’t really have the kind of format that made comic strips make sense, what with our being too earnest for comedy that wasn’t about the university Board of Governors being caught in a masturbation scandal. We ran a couple panels now and then but somehow didn’t realize they could help with our problem of never having enough stuff to print.

    Eventually we couldn’t really afford the $12 per week, but we had enough strips sent us and not used that we would be all right running off the back stock until the end of time, although we weren’t really sure we were allowed to do that either. So the humor editors made up their own comic adventure about a superhero who was comatose, and defeated villains by his powers of their tripping over him surprisingly often, and somehow they didn’t go on to write the newspaper Spider-Man.

  3. Lurkertype said, on January 24, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    And aren’t all the mountains on the Prince’s planet little tiny Devil’s Towers?

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