Radar / Newspaper Comics


Examples from other newspaper comic strips:

  • Tame by the standards of its animated counterpart, The Boondocks nonetheless has some naughty moments. One scrip has Huey and Cesar talking about Puff Daddy changing his name to "P Diddy," and they talk of how it's a stupid name because few words can be made to rhyme with it. When asking for suggestions, Cesar offers, "How about sh—" before being cut off by Huey. Also, the "N word" is alluded to countless times throughout the strip; often the necessary censorship is utilized for extra humor. However, it is debatable whether The Boondocks can be counted under this category, as it has frequently been censored, pulled, and even canceled by many papers.
  • The original April 4, 2005, comic strip for Get Fuzzy has Bucky listing the different animals eaten for different holidays: "Christmas turkey, Thanksgiving turkey, Valentine's Day beaver..." Later reprints changed "beaver" to "marmot".
  • Rather tame, but from a surprising source: A 1974 Peanuts strip had Marcie measuring Peppermint Patty for a dress, but Marcie becomes embarrassed and tongue-tied as she reads the measurements, leading a frustrated Peppermint Patty to shout, "Bust, Marcie! It's a perfectly legitimate sewing term!"
    • A far less tame one involves Snoopy going on his Joe Cool persona. He takes off his sunglasses and collar as he participates in the latest college fad: "Streaking!"
  • 9 Chickweed Lane, pretty much in its entirety.
    • The Nov. 7, 2008, edition of 9 Chickweed Lane does it on several levels: Newcomers will only have a vague idea of what's going on. Regular readers will know it's Edda and Amos "curing Amos' hiccups". Sharp-eyed readers will take special note of the hands' positions...
    • Latest one: Edda's grandma is having a flashback to the Forties when she met her husband and telling it to her daughter: "That was a very patriotic kiss." "I can tell by your salute."
  • One strip of The Angriest Dog In The World mentions that Pinocchio loved birds... he even had a woodpecker.
  • For Better or for Worse indulges a lot. There are numerous sexual references, and John had a Viagra shirt. Then there was a comic where April yelled "I've got crabs!" with Michael looking startled.
    • The topper might be in the collection book What? Me Pregnant?, which naturally involved all the strips when Elly was expecting April. The placement of the very first strip in the book seems to imply it was the very day April was conceived - especially since it was a strip that had already been printed in the previous collection, giving no other reason as to why it would be reprinted in the next.
    • In another strip, Elly's friend Anne looks at a newspaper filled with personal ads for "swinging couples looking for partners", and says she wouldn't do something like that because it would require her to "lose at least 20 pounds". It was surprising that newspaper editors would let a specific reference to "the lifestyle" on the comics page in 2009, much less when it originally ran in 1980.
  • Baby Blues did it by accident at least once. A strip in which Daryl asks if there's any milk left for his coffee, and what is clearly meant to be Wanda's breast milk is squirted directly into his coffee from off-panel (followed by a yell of "BULLSEYE!"), was drawn up and sent in as a joke for their editor... who turned out to be on vacation that week.
  • The very name of the current strip WTDuck.
  • Buckles occasionally had various strips in autumn 2008 that contain sex or drug references, e.g., Buckles wearing a woman's bra (much to Jill's annoyance) and Scrappy sitting on a pile of nuts feeling drunk.
  • Bloom County probably holds the record. When Opus worked as an editor for the classified ads in the newspaper, there was many a strange sexual reference. A classic is when a man came to Opus with a huge asparagus and said, "Hi. Burt, here, would like to meet another nice big asparagus."
    • Another strip had Ronald-Ann buy Rosebud a present from her "colorful side of town":
    Oliver: You think this is rock candy, don't you?
    Ronald-Ann: You know, it WAS kinda pricey.
  • This Red and Rover strip. Red is stringing Christmas lights, holds up the plug, and tells his dad he found the part that plugs into the wall, to which his father responds, "That's refered to as the male end." Red asks him why it's called that, causing his dad to take it back and say, "Uh, perhaps 'prongs' would be a better term for it," as Red holds up the socket and wonders aloud what it's called.
  • The March 16, 2014, Mother Goose and Grimm strip features Wonder Woman and Batgirl having snuck into a room where Superman is sleeping (in costume); prompting this remark (the only dialogue in the strip).
    Batgirl; Maybe now we'll see where the zipper is on that thing.
  • The Far Side had a strip where Jane is suspiciously asking if Tarzan has been at the Leopard Woman's home recently. Tarzan's back is turned to the audience, so they can see the claw marks all over his back.

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