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  • Gary Larson's The Far Side comic strip at least skirted this trope at times. In one of his book-collections, he printed some of the ones that got rejected by his editors because... they stopped skirting and plunged right in.
    • In one case, a snake was crawling through a crib, with a huge bulge in its center. Gary Larson commented, "No, you didn't see this. Turn the page." The real joke of the picture was that the snake became so enlarged by the bulk of the freshly consumed infant that it couldn't squeeze through the bars of the crib, and was trapped.
    • Another strip that newspapers refused to publish concerned some cowboys who were so hungry they could eat a horse, and did so. (A good example of Values Dissonance: in several European countries horse meat is openly sold in every butcher's shop.)
  • Pearls Before Swine takes delight in excessive Black Comedy with frequent jokes about death, and often killing off one-shot characters for the purpose of a joke.
    • Pig convinces a mallard to talk to a quiet duck on the pond that he's attracted to, but it's actually a decoy duck that leads to the mallard getting shot and killed.
    • Rat's "children's" stories. One of the milder ones involves an extended family throwing a member overboard because he overscheduled their vacation.
  • Finnish newspaper comic B. Virtanen seems to fit the trope.
  • Peanuts is a death-free black comedy — Charlie Brown's life is pathetic enough to be tragic, and humorous enough to be black comedy.
  • In one Achille Talon strip, the eponymous hero is demonstrating various classic gags to illustrate different types of humor. Getting to the step-on-the-rake-get-hit-in-the-face gag, he then proceeds to show Black Humor when he stomps on the rake, impaling his foot.
  • Dilbert uses this trope quite often. One arc features the Pointy-Haired Boss's dead body getting stuffed by a "Libertarian Taxidermist" and being played with like a hand puppet.
  • Garfield can engage in this from time to time:
    • One strip has Garfield kicking Odie off the table, then dropping a flowerpot on his head as a "get well soon" gift.
    • There an arc which implied that Odie and Jon were figments of Garfield imagination, as he slowly starved to death.
  • There's a Calvin and Hobbes strip where Calvin proposes a class debate on "whether cannibalism is grounds for leniency in murder, since it's less wasteful." No, really. Since it's a kid strip, Calvin ends up sitting in the corner, wondering why the teacher "would rather teach us stuff that any fool can look up in a book."
  • MAD:
    • Their strip Just Below the Surface frequently uses it, including an example in which a baby turns to dust when testing a super-absorbent diaper.
    • And also 360 Degrees of Separation: "Come on sweetie! Open up for the airplane... Open up for the..."
  • Every single strip of the New York Daily News-exclusive comic Between the Lines is this.
  • The Danish newspaper comic Homo Metropolis by Nikolie Werdelin mainly consists of story arcs about people put in extreme situations and their absurd attempts at coping, such as:
    • The suicidal psychiatrist who accidentally agrees with her patient:
      Patient: And when Death finally comes, he is a friend... I will sail to the other side... There is peace and quiet... no pain ... just... quiet...
      Dr. Kleist: That sounds wonderful!
      Patient: What?
      Dr. Kleist: Erm, no, I mean, you must remember your ressources, that life is unique and...
    • The terminally ill man who dresses up:
      "Yay! My old tux fits again! [beat] Yay..."
    • Bea, whose son, Jan, owes money to drug dealers:
      Jan: There's a guy, Stopja, who says that he wants the money before Christmas, or I'll get whacked.
      Bea: I'd really like to have a heart-to-heart with this Stopja person's mother.

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