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Comic Strip / Jump Start

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Jump Start is a daily comic strip written and illustrated by Robb Armstrong, and syndicated by United Features Syndicate. The strip revolves around Joe and Marcy Cobb, a middle-class African-American couple from Philadelphia as they try to balance their professional lives and raising their young children.

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  • all lowercase letters: The young children, such as Sunny and Jojo, have this in their Speech Bubbles.
  • Artistic License – Sports: Marcus is apparently a Heisman Trophy winner. But, Marcus plays offensive line, and no one who even played on the line part-time has won the Heisman since Leon Hart in 1949.
  • Born in an Elevator: Joe and Marcy's first kid, Sunny, was born in a car on the way to the hospital. When Marcy was pregnant with Jojo, Joe was worried it would happen again. Luckily, they made it on time.
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  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Joe's partner, Crunchy, is clearly based on Edward Asner.
  • Comic-Book Time: Initially averted then played straight - Jump Start was one of a handful of strips that takes place in (relative) real time, until some time after the twins, Teddy and Tommi were born and the characters stopped aging.
  • December–December Romance: Clayton and Maureen.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Joe's mother.
  • Grammar Nazi: Joe's mother (she is a retired English teacher after all), much to everyone's annoyance.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Clarence and Charlene.
  • Salt and Pepper: Inverted with Sunny and her best friend Dexter, since Sunny is definitely the most level-headed of the two. Played more straight with Jojo and his best friend Benny.
  • Shout-Out: One strip has a salesman try to sell Joe a new phone, claiming that it can time-travel. When Joe tries it out for the first time, he selects the year 1985 as a destination.
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  • Soap Punishment: Marcy Cobb tells her husband Joe that she had to wash out their son Joseph's mouth for lying. Joe reminds her that washing out someone's mouth with soap is for cursing, not lying.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Clayton and Maureen.


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