Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Bastardization Edition (May 4)

One of the problems with Hagar the Horrible, and there are many, is the willingness of Chris Browne to jettison the historical context to make bad jokes. I Got Mine is a 21st century catchphrase which seems jarringly out of place here. What's the point of a Viking strip if the joke would have worked just as poorly in Blondie or Rhymes with Orange or Barney Google and Snuffy Smith?

Runners-up: Argyle Sweater, Baldo, Blondie, Dennis the Menace, Garfield, Opus

The pidgin English bit for the crocs can get a bit tiresome sometimes, but I think it worked well for their bastardization of things Charlie Brown might say. Me Kick Football is a great line in this context.

Runners-up: Agnes, Candorville, Cul de Sac, Get Fuzzy, Watch Your Head

1 comment:

Erik said...

What you're saying about Hagar the Horrible is exactly how I feel about B.C. None of the strips Johnny Hart does are relevant to the B.C. times. They all work in the modern era.

He probably just chose a prehistoric theme because prehistoric things are easier to draw.