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Last Name Basis / Newspaper Comics

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Examples of Last-Name Basis in Newspaper Comics.

  • In Bloom County and its sequel strips, Michael Binkley is simply "Binkley" to everyone else. Including his own father.
  • Thimble Theatre: (J. Wellington) Wimpy
  • Candorville notes the Double Standard in one strip from the 2008 U.S. presidential election season, pointing out that the news always talked about "Obama and Hillary" instead of "Obama and Clinton." Some people did start saying "Barack and Hillary" in order to be consistent and/or fair.
    • This may be justified, however, by the fact that there's only one Obama anyone would have been talking about, while "Clinton" could also mean Bill Clinton.
  • Schroeder from Peanuts is consistently known as such; we never find out his first name. It's an especially odd case, since early strips show that the other characters were on a Last Name Basis with him when he was a baby, before he could even talk. He picked up the piano and became the great musician he is today after he'd been called "Schroeder" for months.
    • Unless that is his first name.
  • Dick Tracy is an inversion...possibly. What's known for sure is that "Dick" is not his first name; creator Chester Gould went on record to confirm that the "Dick" part comes from the old-fashioned term for a detective, making this partially a case of A Dog Named "Dog" (or even Department of Redundancy Department). Furthermore, the character is called "Tracy" by everyone, including close personal friends, so it's possible that "Tracy" is his first name and not his last. However, the 1990 film adaptation confuses the matter by having "The Kid" choose "Dick Tracy, Jr.", as his legal name.
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