Lower Slobbovia (was "Silicon" (geog.))
JBaker at STRADLEY.COM
Fri Jul 13 21:12:16 UTC 2001
Slobbovia was intended as a parody of the Soviet Union. The name
may have been influenced by Slovenia.
L'l Abner started in the mid-1930s, so perhaps it should be judged
by the standards of the pre-WWII strips. (Online resources give dates from
1934 to 1936; I'm at my office, so can't immediately check a more reliable
source.) The preeminent status of Peanuts and Doonesbury, in that order,
among postwar strips is well-established. Third place is not as clear, but
Pogo and Calvin & Hobbes are probably the best contenders. Note that most
strips have a period of no more than a few years when they are at the top of
their game. The later years of L'il Abner, Peanuts, and Pogo are a far cry
from those strips at their best.
Although Dilbert does not rank among the great strips, it clearly
struck a chord in evoking the modern workplace.
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