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Why the Forths Were Not Invited to Blondie’s Halloween Party

Posted in Uncategorized by cesco7 on October 25, 2015

Those eagle-eyed readers of Sunday funnies who also happen to write or draw Sally Forth—and thus would be the only ones to care—might have noticed a certain omission in the cavalcade of comic stars that is the Blondie Halloween party strip today:
Blondie Halloween 2015

Now, why exactly were Sally and Ted cut from a guest list so eclectic that it included a caveman, a viking, and the Lockhorns seething in the background, perhaps upset that their plan for a key party with the Bumsteads didn’t quite pan out? One might say that the Forths never get invited to parties within their own strip, so what are the chances of scoring one from another comic. But the Forths were invited to Blondie’s 75th Anniversary party back in 2005. Of course, there was some…unplesantness at that particular shindig, including a series of wildly escalating events that to this day Ted will only refer to as “The Zinfandel Incident.” Plus, the Forths might have been a little too upfront with others about what exactly transpired at the anniversary gathering:
Blondie Party Small copy

Another might say that the joke of today’s Blondie strip is that the titular character and her amazingly still-employed husband mistakenly believe that everyone there is dressed as a comic strip character, and are in fact not the real deal. In other words, the Bumsteads would readily believe many adults would indeed dress up in onesies and diapers for a party, perhaps giving us a peek into a how a couple now married 85 years keeps the fires burning when we’re not looking. So since the Forths look like and sound normal people until they open their mouths, they wouldn’t make for interesting costumes. But that wouldn’t exactly explain the appearance of Crankshaft or the Cobbs from Jump Start in everyday clothes, unless this is what happens when you go to Party City on October 31st. Not to mention the Forths know how to mix things up when they need to, with psychologically scalding results:

Of course, being in “the biz” (“the biz” being “cartooning/low-rent escorting,” because syndication being what it is these days) means we saw the Forths’ cut from the invite list weeks in advance. And so we had the time to introduce the hapless couple to yet another crushing social defeat in yesterday’s strip:
SF October 24 2015

But the Forths are not one to take a slight—or a court order to stay at least 500 feet away from the party—in stride or with anything resembling dignity. Which is why I now present Ted Forth photobombing every single panel of today’s Blondie Halloween bash (click to embiggen):
Blondie Ted Forth Halloween Text

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  1. pharmakeusubik said, on October 25, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    It just dawned on me, and I need to excise this thought right away. If Ted and Sally want to get invited over on a regular basis, they should take up Bridge. They are always looking for a Forth (♪sad trombone♪).

  2. Terry Beatty said, on October 25, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Phantom and the Morgans got shut out, too….

    • Alan Bryan said, on October 26, 2015 at 8:49 am

      Why are the Morgans and the Ghost Who Walks absent from Bumsteads party? The Morgan’s are held hostage in their new $90,000 cabin by the evil demon prodigy who is ordering more pizza. The Phantom is one his way to rescue them using Bandar magic because Guran is with him. Devil may bite her toes off.

  3. LBD "Nytetrayn" said, on October 25, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    And here I thought there was going to be some sort of scathing, behind-the-scenes scandal of the Blondie folks taking offense at that Medium Large strip. Ah well.

  4. billthesplut said, on October 25, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I was baffled by yesterday’s strip name-checking the Bumstead mutants. Dagwood is incapable of standing without bending his knees forward, and Blondie is the comic page’s hottest hydrocephalic. Yeah, try unseeing that observation from now on.

    Did King Features send out an e-vite to all its cartoonists and bail on the Forths, or did you decide to not participate? Also, your version of the strip is better, as it contains actual jokes.

  5. Lurkertype said, on October 25, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    And yet they invited Lio? You can’t tell me he didn’t blow something up, or at least terrorize the Family Circus.

  6. Chris Sobieniak (@ChriSobieniak) said, on October 26, 2015 at 12:13 am

    I find it odd the mom from “For Better or For Worse” was invited. That’s no fair, that strip hasn’t done anything new in years!

  7. Fang said, on October 26, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Your sense of humor is awesome! I love it when what I’m thinking appears “in print” on your pages. You need to do a MAD like magazine of stuff like this. I could definitely pee on that!

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