[[caption-width-right:200:[[SpellingSong C-O-M-I-C, S-T-R-I-P]]!]]
''The Comic Strip'' was a 1987 Creator/RankinBassProductions AnimatedSeries which ran for one season, 65 episodes in all. This was Rankin/Bass's last television series before it went into dormancy.

The premise: four different cartoons (with different animation styles) were shown in rotation sequence, with two of the four appearing in roughly 12-minute slots per 30-minute episode.

The four cartoons were:
* ''Mini Monsters'', which chronicled the adventures of two normal children at a summer camp also attended by the children of some of fiction's most famous monsters (including the children of {{Dracula}}, FrankensteinsMonster and the WolfMan);
* ''Karate Kat'', about an anthropomorphic cat detective who fought crime using [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin karate skills]];
* ''Street Frogs'', showing the escapades of a [[FiveManBand Five Frog Band]] of aspiring musicians and street dancers, most episodes covering their (doomed) efforts to raise money for the group;
* ''Tiger Sharks'', showing a team of human/marine hybrids and their underwater adventures. Of the four, this was the only cartoon to be consistently shown in two-part episodes. This series had an animation style similar to the earlier-produced ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/SilverHawks'' that distinguished it from the other three shows in the line-up.

The series as a whole shared many of the same cast and crew with the ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/SilverHawks'' series, being the second series to be made in the wake of ''[=ThunderCats=]'''s popularity, after ''[=SilverHawks=]''.

Not related to, or to be confused with ''Series/TheComicStripPresents''.

A clip of the show's intro can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuDSDtgEoAU&feature=related here]].

!!Tropes present in ''The Comic Strip'':
* ActionGirl: Octavia and Angel of the Tiger Sharks.
* AdultsAreUseless: Camp counselor Gary from ''Mini-Monsters'', and also Sherman and Melissa's parents in that show's first episode.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Camp Mini-Mon, which Sherman and Melissa's mother says sounds Indian.
* TheBet: The ''Mini-Monsters'' episode "Wolfie's Bet" has Wolfie taking up a bet by the other campers that he won't tell a joke for 24 hours; if he wins, he gets Sherman's cassette player, but if he loses, he can never tell another joke at Camp Mini-Mon again. [[spoiler:He loses, but gets to continue telling jokes anyway because his bet violation was done to save Klutz's life.]]
* BigBad: Big Papa on ''Karate Kat''. T-Ray and Captain Bizzarly [[BigBadDuumvirate split this role between them]] on ''Tiger Sharks''.
* BigGood: Big Mama for Karate Kat.
* ButtMonkey: Big Max and Snappy Sam on ''Street Frogs''.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: Karate Kat's mantra before changing out of his jacket suit into his karate gi by [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spinning]].
--> ''I'm lean, I'm mean, a karate machine! Keeeeee-YA!''
* CatsAreMean: Big Papa and his gang.
* CatchPhrase: Karate Kat's ByThePowerOfGrayskull mantra described above, and also "Kee-ya, ''baby''," at the end of a segment.
* CoolShades: Dr. Slick on ''Street Frogs'' wears square-rimmed sunglasses.
* CoolShip: The Tiger Sharks' SARK could act as both a spaceship and a submarine.
* DancingIsSeriousBusiness: For the Street Frogs, alongside rapping.
* DatingCatwoman: Big Mama and Big Papa used to be married.
* DeadpanSnarker: Dr. Katmandu in ''Karate Kat''.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Karate Kat, [[BarefootCartoonAnimal though he's far from the only one in his universe]]. Also Wolfie of the Mini-Monsters, though in his case it's justified as he's a werewolf.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: Broadcasting episodes of the same show five days a week is known as 'stripping' the show.
* TheDragon: On ''Tiger Sharks'', Dragonstein to Captain Bizzarly. Bonus points for being an actual dragon.
* EpisodeTitleCard
* EverybodyLaughsEnding
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Karate Kat is only known as "Karate Kat" no matter by who or the circumstances.
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: Subverted by the Tiger Sharks' Mako, who transforms into a humanoid mako shark but is the titular good guys' leader.
* EvilTwin: Karate Kat had an evil twin brother named Karate Krud, who first turned evil after getting a bump to the head. When the two confront each other, they're so identical in appearance that it's near-impossible to tell them apart; Krud uses this to his advantage when Dr. Katmandu tries to whack him on the head with a specially-made mallet that'll force him to undergo a HeelFaceTurn. [[spoiler:Dr. Katmandu hits the correct twin, then explains that he expected Krud to be better than Kat at everything, so he simply aimed for the twin who was winning the fight.]]
* ExpositoryThemeTune: Besides the one for the overall show itself, the four cartoons had their own individual theme tunes.
* TheFaceless: Sherman and Melissa's parents in ''Mini-Monsters''.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: The Street Frogs' efforts to make a decent buck were generally hampered by their own weird antics.
* FiveManBand: The Street Frogs.
** TheHero: Dr. Slick (the one in the orange jumpsuit)
** TheLancer: Moose the Loose (the one in the black jacket)
** TheBigGuy: Spider (the second-youngest of the group, though he was actually quite short)
** TagalongKid: Big Max
** TheChick: Honey Love
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Dracky in ''Mini-Monsters''.
* GadgeteerGenius: The Tiger Sharks' Walro and Lorca.
* GetRichQuickScheme: On ''Street Frogs'', every time a money-making opportunity was announced over the radio, the gang would be quick to jump on it. However, for them, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption success was never an option]].
* [[GrumpyOldMan Grumpy Old Turtle]]: In ''Street Frogs'', diner owner Snappy Sam (an anthropomorphic snapping turtle) loathes the titular group immensely because of all the hi-jinks they get up to (often [[ButtMonkey at his expense]]); also, they owe him a big tab for past meals.
* IdiotHero: Karate Kat.
* IncrediblyLamePun: On ''Mini-Monsters'', Wolfie's jokes are filled with these to the point of being utterly groan-worthy to the other campers. Klutz the monster lizard is the only one who finds them funny. To the point that Wolfie trying to go a whole day without telling a joke to win a bet almost kills Klutz.
* InvisibleStreaker: Blanko from ''Mini-Monsters'' is usually visible as a floating tee-shirt, a hat and a pair of CoolShades, as well as white gloves and a pair of shoes -- but oddly, no pants. Occasionally, if he needs to be completely invisible, he'll take off his clothes.
* JerkAss: Sherman and Melissa of ''Mini-Monsters'', at least in the first episode. It results in them both being sent to Camp Mini-Mon [[AdultsAreUseless just to get them out of their parents' hair]].
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Because to date, there has been no official DVD release of the series. There is currently [[http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/comicstripondvd/?e an online petition]] to have a DVD release created.
* KillItWithFire: On ''Tiger Sharks'', Dragonstein's primary mode of attack is to breathe fire.
* LandDownunder: Lorca's speech patterns on ''Tiger Sharks''.
* LethalChef: Winifred the witch on ''Mini-Monsters'', as her concoctions caused severe bellyaches to her fellow campers in one episode. Also the Street Frogs in an episode of their show are catering to a wedding, but the sandwiches and drinks they prepare cause the consumers to ''change color'' and collapse.
* MobileFishbowl: In ''Tiger Sharks'' T-Ray and his {{mooks}} are water-breathing creatures from a planet that dried up. They are now trying to conquer a watery planet; the one upon which the series take place. Since the other group of villains (and their occasional allies) cannot breathe water, they have used water filled suits at least once.
* MonsterMash: The non-human campers at Camp Mini-Mon.
* OhCrap: In the ''Karate Kat'' intro sequence, Big Papa would open a safe with the intention of robbing it...only to find Karate waiting for him. Cue this expression on Big Papa's face.
* {{Oireland}}: Dolph's speech patterns on ''Tiger Sharks''.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Wolfie, the resident werewolf in ''Mini-Monsters'', tells jokes with [[IncrediblyLamePun Incredibly Lame Puns]] to the other campers.
* PettingZooPeople: In ''Karate Kat'', the general cast consists mostly of anthropomorphic cats. In ''Street Frogs'', there's a wide cross-section of anthropomorphic animals besides the Street Frogs themselves (reccuring examples include Snappy Sam, who is a snapping turtle, and the local radio disc jockey Typhoon Toad, who is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a toad]]).
* RecycledInSpace: ''Tiger Sharks'' was essentially ''Thundercats'' underwater.
* TheResenter: In ''Karate Kat'', resident scientist and inventor Dr. Katmandu feels this way toward the main character because he sees Karate as just a stupid muscle-head. [[IdiotHero Which is not an indefensible conclusion]].
* SaturdayMorningCartoon
* ShoutOut: One ''Karate Kat'' episode, "The Twin Brother Kaper," has [[EvilCounterpart Karate]] [[EvilTwin Krud]] telling Big Papa's gang that the real Karate Kat (who he's impersonating) stands for "[[{{Thundercats}} justice, truth, honor and loyalty]]"; this prompts one of Big Papa's goons to describe the hero as "a thunder-cat."
* SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Honey Love for the Street Frogs.
* SpellingSong: The intro theme song for the overall show. Also, the intro sequence for ''Mini-Monsters'' has this in the form of a cheer-leading sequence.
* SpontaneousChoreography: ''Street Frogs'', frequently.
* StrangerInAStrangeSchool: Sherman and Emily are the only two "normal" kids among the Camp Mini-Mon campers, while camp counselor Gary is the only "normal" adult (Dr. Jekyll doesn't count for [[JekyllAndHyde obvious reasons]]).
* SummerCampy: Camp Mini-Mon.
* TeamDad: Walro on ''Tiger Sharks''.
* TeamMom: Big Mama on ''Karate Kat''.
* TotallyRadical: ''Street Frogs''
* TransformationSequence: Karate Kat, combined with ByThePowerOfGrayskull. The Tiger Sharks also had a transformation sequence wherein they used a special device called the "Fish Tank" to transform into their marine forms and back again.
** Karate Kat's "transformation" was little more than a costume change (he used the same name in both outfits and gained no new abilities) with a touch of LetsGetDangerous.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: The Tiger Sharks use AppliedPhlebotinum to transform back and forth from humans to FishPeople.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Water?]]: Captain Bizzarly on ''Tiger Sharks'' hates water, despite being a pirate on a planet that is almost completely covered in it.
* WickedWitch: Averted by Winifred of the Mini-Monsters.