In the Complete Library, after oh-so-many pages of Breathed's commentary bemoaning the outdated pop-culture gags, creative missteps and overt political commentary, he gives us this gem, showing us in some small way that he doesn't think it was all bad.
I laughed at "Elisabeth Dole's olive" 25 years later. In case some of you think me too jaded to still do so.
In one of the earliest Outland strips, Mortimer and Tim W. Forty brave the filth and gunfire of Ronald-Ann's neighborhood to smuggle her back to Outland, where she can sleep peacefully.
Cozy asking Milo about what the deal with Cutter John is, and we learn that the reason he pretends his wheelchair is a spaceship, and he was injured because "his co-pilot dropped him in a TIE fighter crapstorm" and that it is easier to forgive a Wookiee than Bush and Cheney. Cozy's response?
Opus' "Wooing service" - he and his friends are dressed as chocolates. When he finds out Cozy has already agreed to date Cutter John, he asks if there's a "Wooee-in-Waiting" to render services to. Cozy's daughter Abby volunteers. Opus, Oliver, Binkley and Bill preceed to entertain her.
In the Christmas 2015 cartoon, Steve Dallas spends the holiday with his ex's sick son, even decorating his hospital room with the boy's Star Wars stuff. That's right - Steve Dallas.
A recent one-panel strip crosses over with a Crowning Moment of Funny: the gang pays tribute to David Bowie by dressing like him in his classic Thin White Duke persona - except Steve, who dressed like Ziggy Stardust.
February 21, 2016, Berkley Breathed released this tribute to Harper Lee. Berkley had stated that Bloom County was largely influenced by To Kill a Mockingbird, and Harper Lee had actually written to him after he initially ended Opus, asking him to bring the strip back.
Opus: We should prob'bly remember something about Miss Lee. Folks thought she was Scout. Nah. She was always Boo.
The Prince tribute: Opus, Bill, and Binkley laying in the meadow, painted purple.
The 2016 Christmas strips revolved around Opus trying to get said sick son a puppy, only to be confronted with far-too-high prices for show dogs. Opus is eventually directed to an animal shelter, and finds a puppy who's close to being put down. Who pays for him? Steve Dallas.