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Time to retire some aging comic strips | READER COMMENTARY

The "Get Fuzzy" comic strip was first syndicated to newspapers in 1999 and now appears in more than 700.
The "Get Fuzzy" comic strip was first syndicated to newspapers in 1999 and now appears in more than 700. (Kari Barnett/staff)

The “Get Fuzzy” comic strip that recently ran in The Baltimore Sun, a rerun from 2008, inspired me to send this letter (”Get Fuzzy” by Darby Conley).

I generally like the comics pages in The Sun, but I do not like that there are at least three strips there that are “zombie strips” — that is, comics where the creator has ceased to create new material and so the newspaper is just printing reruns.

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The Sun has “Get Fuzzy” (which stopped doing new strips circa 2013), “Peanuts” (which stopped doing new strips in 2000 following the death of Charles Schulz), and “For Better or For Worse” (which stopped doing fully new strips in 2008, and has mostly been doing pure reruns or very slightly edited reruns since). I think all the other comic strips in The Sun are doing new material.

“Peanuts,” “Get Fuzzy” and “For Better or For Worse” were very good, perhaps even great, in their time. But their time has passed, and there are plenty of other comic strips out there that are producing new material. I’d much prefer to see some of those running in The Sun instead of endless reruns of these old strips.

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Michael Tow, Clarksville

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