Wednesday, July 16, 2008

My Favourite Comic Strip... BLONDIE

The Blondie comic strip was created by Chic Young, in the year 1930. Anyway, Blondie Boopadoop was this gorgeous flapper who had a ton of of whom was Dagwood Bumstead. Dagwood, in those days, was the bumbling, playboy son of billionaire railroad tycoon, J. Bolling Bumstead. In his town, J. Bolling not only owned all of the property on his side of the track, but also all the property on the other side of the 3,000 miles of the track! Dagwood wasn't exactly a successful playboy. For instance, his polo pony would stop and eat grass in the middle of the field during a chukker. And once, when he became lost in his own mansion, he experienced the humiliation of having to join a sightseeing tour to get back to the living room.
Then, the miracle! Blondie and Dagwood fell in love. Really in love. They made plans to get married. So, in true storybook fashion, love conquered all obstacles. After a tumultous engagement that included a 28 day, 7 hour, 8 minute, 22 second hunger strike, these two unlikely misfits tied the matrimonial knot in February 17, 1933. Dagwood, of course, was immediately disinherited by his parents for marrying "that gold digger blonde."When J. Bolling wrote him out of his will, Dagwood and Blondie had to go out into the world and hack it like the rest of us. Settling down to a modest lifestyle with children and a dog, they became concerned with real life...making ends meet, raising a family, eating, and sleeping.
When I saw you I was afraid to meet you. When I met you I was afraid to kiss you. When I kissed you I was afraid to love you. Now that I love you, I am afraid to lose you. - Dagwood Bumstead.
Today, Blondie and Dagwood appear together in blissful love and happiness. "When you are in Love you can't fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams." - Dagwood Bumstead.
Dagwood Bumstead. Surely, the greatest victim of circumstance the world has ever known. He loves food, sleep, baths...and most of all, his wife and children. Three chronic problems are: sales-men, running into the mailman, and getting to work on time. He is not above defending a principle or his family with brute force. Is famous for his super-duper sandwiches.
Blondie. Beautiful wife of Dagwood Bumstead. Her great good looks serve as validation for Dagwood to operate without all his oars in the water. She is warm, gentle, sweet, loving...and all Dagwood’s. She owns and operates her own business: “Blondie’s Catering Service.” Her own brand of unique logic can solve problems that might confound the most brilliant scholar.
Alexander. Blondie and Dagwood’s teenage son. He resembles Dagwood somewhat in appearance, but seems to be more level-headed and stable. He is a star athlete on the high school football and basket-ball teams. Cookie. Blondie and Dagwood’s teenage daughter. Has her mother’s great good looks. She is an “A” student and a member of the varsity cheerleading squad in high school. A typical teenager in all respects...especially when it comes to boys.
"Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.- Captain Corelli's Mandolin. "Love is the beauty of the soul." - St. Augustine
Elmo Tuttle. The five-year-old neighborhood boy who fulfills the child-role character in the comic strip. He is Dagwood’s little pal, as well as his nemesis.
Herb Woodley. Dagwood’s best friend and next-door neighbor. He finds himself often caught, inexplicably, in the web of Bumstead-inspired plans which have gone astray. He and Dagwood are tuned to the same frequency.
Tootsie Woodley. Blondie’s best friend, next-door neighbor, and business partner. She is an attractive brunette who enjoys doing anything and everything with Blondie. She and Blondie are able to commiserate together over the zany lifestyles of their husbands.
Julius C. Dithers. Founder of the J. C. Dithers’ Construction Company and Dagwood’s irascible boss. A tyrannical dictator who is constantly abusing his employees, verbally and physically. He has ice water in his veins and is certain that the most important quantum in life is “the God Almighty dollar bill!” He is lord and master of all he surveys, with one notable exception...his wife! Deep down inside of him, he claims to have a heart that beats and bleeds for all humanity.
Cora Dithers. Frumpy wife of Julius Dithers. When riled, is apt to refer to her husband as a short, fat, sawed-off, tin-can Napoleon. She exerts control over her husband in every conceivable way, but primarily by verbal fusillade and the unmitigated violence of her ever-present umbrella. She loves Blondie to pieces and would do anything for her.
Love at last baby, no more shall we hide like cast, or sneak around to see each other in masks. We can finally be together, everyone knowing that we are, and forever will be. Yeah that is you and me, and we can finally be, and have our love at last. - Dagwood Bumstead

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