Gene, Gene, Gene…

Day 3, and ten more classic cartoons featuring young Gene, these from 1990. It seems most of you are enjoying this look back at the early days of Arlo & Janis, with emphasis on the family son. I’m glad of that, and I thank you for being here. If you’ve just arrived, we have been doing this since Monday, so scroll back a couple of days and catch up on the 20 old cartoons that have already been posted. For you regulars here at the Web site, Mike Peterson said some nice things about you recently in his impressive blog “Comic Strip of the Day.” 1n 1990, Gene’s appearance had stabilized, but the humor noticeably was taking on a more unique character, trending away from jokes that could be transplanted into the speech balloons of any comic strip child. If Gene wasn’t growing yet, the strip was.


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75 thoughts on “Gene, Gene, Gene…

  1. Jimmy:

    I couldn’t find anything about Arlo and Janis or us regulars at Comic Strip of the Day.

    What am I missing?

  2. Here is where I make an admission I may not have admitted here. I disliked Arlo and Janis during the cute kid Gene period. Actually pretty much disliked it.

    Have never been a kid stfkp fan with exceptkon of Charlie Brown. Even wise cracking kids. When Gene aged with strop I began to like and finally enjoy. And Jamis whined less.

  3. Anonymous: You sound like my mother! She didn’t enjoy being around my daughters until they were teenagers and could talk about a wide range of topics. Little kids bored her.

  4. Anonymous:

    Thanks for the link, but I still see no mention of the village.

    Would you mind copying and pasting the text in here so that I can finally see what you are seeing?

  5. Rick, if you click on the link Anonymous put in, the Arlo and Janis strip is at the top of the page. Should be the first thing you see. It’s the one where Janis is reading the heat advisory on her phone, then tells the young neighbor she and Arlo are ok. Then the site’s writer talks about how he can relate to the strip.

  6. Let’s all play follow the bouncing kitten! Fun times with the new and the retro. Thank you, Jimmy. Really a lot to look forward to.

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  8. Rick, even though he didn’t say so today, I think Jimmy is continuing his repeat posts from several years ago. So the Comic Strip of the Day post would be from that day. I’m sure he knows CSotD has moved, and he would have given the new URL if this were not a repeat.

  9. So we may be getting the United States Space Force. Cool!*

    Via iowahawk, your Space Force name is your favorite sound effect + your favorite kitchen appliance. Jackie says hers is Kaapow Blender. Mine is Smash Griddler.

    *Of course, we’ve actually had one since 1982…it’s called the Air Force Space Command, and there are some right bright folks working there.

  10. My sister and I have moved Back East to Trinidad, CO and are camping out in our new home (Well, it’s new to us.) until the movers get our stuph here. We’re at an elevation of 6153 feet, just over a nautical mile above sea level. Take that, you flatlanders in Denver! We don’t have Internet at home yet, so I’m only on occasionally at the library. Will try to keep in touch.

  11. Mark:

    I found that site immediately, but I didn’t see any sort of mention about the regulars.

    I’m just giving up and going on.

  12. Rick, I also missed Bookworm’s reading and assumed the header of this page was current. The link I gave was the most recent mention of Arlo and Janis by Peterson. I grew tired of wading through his opinion of other opinions in what used to be called editorial cartoons to find more. Since I had misunderstood, like you, that Jimmy’s introduction was written recently I interpreted him as being gracious enough to cast a little reflected limelight on the village regulars where none was present. No hidden crumbs were meant to tantalize, there is no text to provide. And since there is not a bracketed boldface introduction to the introduction at top here, I too agree with Bookworm’s observation. Sorry for the misleading intrusion.

  13. prior anon:

    Believe me, no apology is necessary. I appreciate it, but I never took offense at you or anyone else.

  14. Some smartphones have the ability to double as a remote control. I have an app installed on mine that will substitute for my streaming device’s remote. So Janis would probably lean over and change channels with her phone, since she seems to be more tech savvy than Arlo.

  15. Some times I have to talk to myself if I want accurate advice.
    Mark – you could not find a nicer person to talk to, than yourself.

  16. Mark – I’m sure Old Bear and I aren’t the only ones here. Somedays I just don’t have that much to say. A friend started a fun and interesting thread on FB recently, posting famous first lines of books (and making us try to remember where they’re from); he’s up to 197 responses last time I checked.

    Here’s a few to get us started:
    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
    “Call me Ishmael.”
    “Out in the backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly 30 million miles is a beautiful, blue green planet whose ape like creatures were so amazing primitive that they thought that digital watches were a pretty neat idea.”
    “We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold.”

  17. Should have double-checked one of those before I copied/pasted it. Here’s the correct version:
    “Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.”

    Also a pretty neat idea – those life forms just launched the Parker Solar Probe to study that yellow sun.

  18. A Tale of Two Cities
    Moby Dick
    I know the third but can’t remember the title, and I have no idea on the 4th.

  19. First two quotes were familiar, Mark has them I believe. Third sounds like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but I didn’t want to spoil by looking. I’ll swing away at Barstow with two guesses. Easy Rider popped in my head, but I don’t think the movie was based on a novel. And I can’t think of a Ken Kessy … wait, is it The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test?

  20. Mark is right on the first two. Stowaway is right on the third (good name, by the way). I had to look up the other one – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

    So let’s hear some of the Village favorites!

  21. Most of the lines on my friend’s post were classics and/or science fiction. This one, neither and lesser known I think, popped into my mind so I looked up the exact wording:
    “Mom and Pop were just a couple of kids when they got married. He was eighteen, she was sixteen, and I was three.”
    Opening lines of Lady Sings the Blues, autobiography of Billie Holiday.

  22. I wonder what the ant’s plan was? Did he need to break into a crystal vault?

    Those are good stories, folks, a couple new to me- adding to list! And isn’t the Parker probe a neat thing? What mysteries will it help unfold???? Anyone see the meteors?

  23. I’m with the crowd–found the first two easy. Guessed right on the third. No idea on the fourth.

    I like anything Heinlein. We own and re-read them all.

    How about this one:
    “Once upon a time, sixty years ago, a little girl lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, in a little gray house made of logs.”

  24. “In the attic where the rain touched the roof softly on spring days and where you could feel the mantle of snow outside, a few inches away, on December nights, A Thousand Times Great Grandmere existed.”

  25. This should be easy so I will leave out the name:

    ______ _____’s jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more
    flexible v of his mouth. His nostrils curved back to make another, smaller, v. (1929)

    This is not Sci-Fi, just Fantasy. A LOT tougher.

    Someone had written ‘godforsaken’ between ‘Welcome to’ and ‘Caithness’ on the
    road sign. (1988)

    Heat, pain, and blinding light, burning through my skin and my eyelids. (1981)

  26. This is Easy Peasy:

    Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
    Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
    As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

  27. “Where I’ve been is places and what I’ve seen is things, and there’ve been times I’ve run off from seeing them, off to other places and things.”

  28. OB, yes, that one’s easy for me. Poe, The Raven. I do love that poem. No good on any of the others after mine.

    This is fun, Ruth Anne.

  29. This one from my most favorite novels: “A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.”

  30. Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree
    If mankind perished utterly;

    And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
    Would scarcely know that we were gone.

    Short story, bonus for the title and author of the poem.

  31. a Little House story. Nancy? Maybe Little House in the Big Woods?

    The others sound so good, PLEASE tell me who/what/etc.
    And one of my favorites:

    “It was night again. The Waystone Inn lay in silence, and it was a silence of three parts.”

  32. My first “From The Dust Returned” by Ray Bradbury.
    Second “Who Fears the Devil?” by Manly Wade Wellman

    Both excellent books. The Bradbury book is the story of a strange family and has a cover illustration by Charles Addams.

    The Wellman book is a collection of stories about a wandering musician in the Appalachians who encounters a variety of supernatural things based on the folklore of the area.

  33. I sort of liked this entry.

    “Major Thomas Von Steele, WW I flying ace and teen heart throb leaned into his control stick and dove past his rival, Capitain Pierre Longue, grateful for his twin synchronized Vickers, which in this case were not the machine guns pulsing through his twirling propeller like a Cuisinart, but Sasha and Susan Vickers, with whom he had a date later behind the Officer’s Club. — Gary Pomeroy, St. Louis, Missouri”

    Perhaps it pushed all the right buttons for me. 😀

  34. Part 2

    Samuel Spade’s jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more
    flexible v of his mouth. His nostrils curved back to make another, smaller, v. (1929)

    And I like the last line in the movie better
    than the book when asked what the Black Bird was
    Sam says”The things that dreams are made of.”

  35. Part 3

    This is not Sci-Fi, just Fantasy. A LOT tougher.

    Someone had written ‘godforsaken’ between ‘Welcome to’ and ‘Caithness’ on the
    road sign. (1988)
    one of my favorite authors.
    King Hrolf Ketilsson And his men awaken after 1200 years into the late 20th Century-
    in Scotland. Hilarity ensues.

  36. Part 4

    Heat, pain, and blinding light, burning through my skin and my eyelids. (1981)
    “The Steel of Raithskar (1st of the Gandalara Cycle) Randall Garrett & Vicki Ann Heydron”

    Where a 20th Century man awakens in a Sahara like world, in a different body.
    To say more would be “Spoilers”

  37. You got it, Lee. Little House In the Big Woods. I can quote whole passages of those.

    You are too funny, Ghost. That’s great.

  38. The auto editor took ot everything between
    #2 is
    The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett
    #3 is
    Who’s Afraid of Beowulf – Tom Holt
    # 4 I caught