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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 4th, 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".
    • Another series in Get Fuzzy featured two ghost hunters showing up at the main characters' apartment; they represent Atlantic Research of Supernatural Entities. If this wasn't clear enough, their initials appear on their shirts and, later, their laptop (in a larger font than any of the dialog lettering).
    • Bucky once owed money to the Chipmunkfia (Chipmunk Mafia), and received a note that said "Pay up or we will turn you into a nut sack." Reprints have replaced it with "nut case".
    • Another time the phrase "Tiger Woods doesn't wash his own balls" comes up. This one was NOT changed for reprints.
    • March 13, 2013
    • "You're bat-something, all right."
    • "To me, you're a pain in the...
  • Rather tame, but from a surprising source: a 1974 Peanuts strip had Marcie measuring Peppermint Patty for a dress, but she 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 includes Snoopy going on his Joe Cool persona. He takes off his sunglasses and collar and yells "Streaking!"!
  • Nine Chickweed Lane, pretty much in its entirety.
    • The Nov. 7, 2008 edition of 9 Chickweed Lane, 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 WT Duck.
  • Buckles occasionally has various strips in autumn 2008 that contain sex or drug references, i.e. Buckles wearing a woman's bra (much to Jill's annoyance), and Scrappy sitting on a pile of nuts feeling drunk.
  • Soup To Nutz loves to do this. Here's an extremely impressive example.
  • Calvin and Hobbes has a phone sex joke. Seriously:
    Calvin: Why would it be worth four dollars a minute to talk on the telephone to goofy ladies who wear their underwear on TV commercials?
    • Once, after Calvin saw Susie making a snow-woman with breasts:
    Calvin's mom: I don't care. We're not having an anatomically correct snowman in the front yard.
    • For one show and tell, Calvin told his class that his mother dons "a patriotic leotard, a cape, and knee-high, high-heeled boots" and fights crime as a superheroine. In the last panel, as the mom is handing the dad the note from the teacher he remarks, "Wow, show me that outfit sometime."
    • In one strip, after Calvin says he wants a baby brother so he'd have someone to beat up, Calvin's mother asks Calvin's dad when they're getting a vasectomy (only implied, but still).
    • Hobbes reads National Geographic for the photos of tigresses.
  • 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 dont you?
    Ronald-Ann: You know, it WAS kinda pricey.
  • This Red And Rover strip. Red is stringing Christmas lights, holds up the plug, 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.
  • If you played a drinking game upon every strip in Off The Mark about cheating spouses, you'd be dead.
  • The March 16, 2014 Mother Goose and Grimm strip features WonderWoman 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.
  • Nurse Nellie, while mostly clean, managed to sneak in a few half-dressed beautiful women in doctors' offices. In one of the more memorable ones, the patient's bra and panties were made of dozens of tiny little squares of paper and the caption was "My husband sells trading stamps."
  • One Inside Woody Allen strip featured this exchange.
    Unidentified female character: Hey Woody, would you ever read the dictionary while on a date with a woman?
    Woody: Only if she didn't know the meaning of "fellatio."
  • Agnes: A groupie joke

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