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ENEMY OF DUKE
Benjamin Watson | Mansfield, CT | May 05, 2011

Think again Earl! The only 'enemy' of Duke ever mentioned in the strip (aside from his time as a zombie) is Zeke!

FLASHBACKS
Jon W. | Montreal, CANADA | May 04, 2011

Thank you for letting us catch up on Doonesbury history with the Flashbacks feature. I read it every day!

STRAW POLL
Chris | Overland Park, KS | May 03, 2011

The irony just hit me. Doonesbury's previous Straw Poll was about the value of cursive writing, lamenting that the teaching of it may be dropped from some schools' educational objectives. Meanwhile GBT makes a very good living not just printing, but doing so in those pesky, annoying ALL CAPS.

DEPTH AND BREADTH
Bruce Richards | Auckland, NEW ZEALAND | May 02, 2011

GBT's eye is remarkable but, for me, the depth and breadth of his talent is best shown in strips like today's Flashback from 35 years ago. I love the strips from when Joanie was working in daycare (Will we ever see Ellie again?) (Please?) and my personal stuck-to-the-fridge favourite is Jeff's first word being 'although' (we had such hopes for him). I find GBT's sense of laser satire touchingly complemented by his delicate depiction of children.

REGARDING THE EYES
Martin Parker | Thousand Oaks, CA | May 02, 2011

Re WHAT I HAVE FEARED: Regarding the eyes of Zonker and Zipper, some of GBT's commentary in the 40-year retrospective of Doonsbury strips may explain the difference. The heavy lids of Zonker's eyes denote a certain worldliness and, perhaps, cynicism. Zipper's open (oval) eyes denote innocence; Zipper is a bit naive. The shape of the eyes (lidded or oval) provide a clue to the outlook on life of other characters in the strip as well.

PERFECT
Dayne Chastant | Mesa, AZ | May 02, 2011

Re A UNIQUE BAD GUY: Jeff's perfect for the CIA. His sense of entitlement ("Mom, just pay it!"), his adherence to magical thinking, his inability to pick talented people (Really? The nephew of the flakiest character in comicdom?), and his inability to take responsibility make him a perfect fit. He'll have Havoc's job soon.

TIMING
Bob | St. Augustine, FL | May 02, 2011

Timing is everything -- I wake up to see your strip, and then find out that bin Laden is dead. Wow.

THE NEWS
Jim Kizer | Baltimore, MD | May 02, 2011

Given the news from last night, today's comic is eerily apropos.

TODAY'S DOONESBURY
Rock Quarry | Los Angeles, CA | May 02, 2011

My Goodness! Today's Doonesbury is ripped from today's headlines! Is this art imitating life, or is life just a comic strip?

A UNIQUE BAD GUY
Ian | Frankfurt, GERMANY | May 01, 2011

Jeff is a unique bad guy. Most bad guys are motivated by simple themes such as money, dogma, selfishness or status, and their reactions are predictable. Jeff's bitter view of Zipper, despite just having risked his best friend's life in his own thoroughly incompetently planned escapade, is disgusting in it's callousness. A new type of villian is born.

PRINCE HARRY
Bernard | Washington, D.C. | April 29, 2011

Come back in about ten years, Samantha. When Prince Harry gets tired of airhead social climbers like Ms. Flaunter, he'll be ready for a good-hearted, grounded, intelligent girl like you.

COMING UP
Ben Ezzell | Austin, TX | April 29, 2011

Coming up tomorrow on the Flashbacks page, the Sunday, April 30th strip from 2006. It's going straight to my therapist. At least it helps to laugh.

THE DONALD
Bill Galey | Huntsville-Rocket City, AL | April 28, 2011

The Donald said today, “I’m very proud of myself. . . . I feel I’ve accomplished something really, really important.” How unbelievably in sync with last week's strips!

ZONKER AND ZIPPER
Steve H. | Saint Louis, MO | April 28, 2011

Re WHAT I HAVE FEARED: hair color aside, Zonker and Zipper can be told apart. They have different eyes! They should look similar; they're related.

INEVITABLE!
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | April 28, 2011

Inevitable! But Zonker, veteran of so many flops and disillusionments, is right there with a crumb of redemption.

ROUGH
Glenn | Nordland, WA | April 28, 2011

I missed the "5 years ago" story arc that's now running on Flashbacks the first time around. Man, B.D.'s got it rough...

BRILLIANT
Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | April 28, 2011

Love Sam's outfit, especially the hat. Brilliant, as the Brits would say.

ANGELS
Karen K. | Asheville, NC | April 27, 2011

Sam turns abruptly, she bumps "smak" into Prince Harry, he smiles -- angels sing. Cue music.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR SAM
Andrew Page | Acton, MA | April 27, 2011

I have a sinking feeling I know what's next for Sam...

TO SAM
Bob Faser | Victoria, AUSTRALIA | April 27, 2011

To Sam at Westminster Abbey: As gazillions of Doonesbury readers have said to Joanie, Lacey, Honey, Alex, Melissa, and your mother, so now we say to you: "You go, girl!"