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Saturday Comic

This comic is from August 8, 1973, right when many businesses started putting up “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service” signs in reaction to hippies. The comic is “Archie”, written by Bob Montana.

Archie, August 8, 1973

Archie, August 8, 1973

The character here is Jughead.

What’s odd here is that the restaurant doesn’t seem to mind that Jughead is shirtless, just shoeless. And we see the kind of improvisation that barefooters sometimes have to resort to.

 

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Saturday Comic

Today’s comic is from Bizarro, written by Don Piraro. These comics pretty much always live up to their name.

This comic is quite recent, appearing on July 8.

Bizarro, July 8, 2016

Bizarro, July 8, 2016

This is of course entirely unrealistic. Gyms are notorious for not allowing barefooters to use the treadmill barefoot.

 

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Saturday Comic

Today’s comic comes from the June 29, 1951 edition of “All in a Lifetime”.

All In A Lifetime, June 29, 1951

All In A Lifetime, June 29, 1951

Of course the joke is about messing up a new rug, but notice there is not a whole lot of concern that the boy had hurt his foot. Back then, this was just one of those things that happened, like a skinned knee, and wasn’t worth worrying about.

And these days, with us being more environmentally conscious and with a lot less litter, there are a lot fewer old tin cans lying about.

 

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Three Years of Saturday Comic

I did my first Saturday Comic back on July 6, 2013, and have managed to show one every weekend since then. Not only that, I’ve never repeated a comic. Who knew there were so many barefoot-relevant comics out there? I even have a few more packed away, so I’ll be able to keep doing this for a little while longer, at least.

For today’s comic I’m going to show one that I have shown before, but that was before I started doing the Saturday Comic. That means it hasn’t been here for at least three years and might be new to a lot of you. Regardless, I think it is my favorite barefoot comic. It’s from the strip Arlo & Janis by Jimmy Johnson. The main characters are named after Arlo Guthrie and Janis Joplin, so there has always been a bit of a hippie vibe to it.

Arlo & Janis, November 20, 2003

Arlo & Janis, November 20, 2003

I did modify the comic just a bit, but I think it sums up beautifully some of the challenges of being a barefooter.

 

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Saturday Comic

This comic appeared about a week ago.

Red and Rover is always a go-to comic for bare feet. After all, it is set in the 1960s when lots and lots of kids went barefoot all summer long.

And when school lets out . . .

Red and Rover, June 15, 2016

Red and Rover, June 15, 2016

 

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Saturday Comic

Last week I introduced you to the comic strip Wallace the Brave. This week I’ll show the follow-on strip. It appeared June 10, 2016.

Wallace the Brave, June 10, 2016

Wallace the Brave, June 10, 2016

The thing is, if we believe all of the other, older strips I’ve shown (and we should!), his old shoes won’t fit him by the time school starts back up anyways.

 

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Saturday Comic

Today’s strip is a relatively new one, in two ways. First, it was just published last Wednesday. Second, the whole comic strip was just started about a year ago. The strip is Wallace the Brave by Will Henry.

It’s about a small boy who lives along the shore of New England in a town called Snug Harbor. Naturally, he’s precocious.

Wallace the Brave, June 8, 2016

Wallace the Brave, June 8, 2016

There’s always somebody around who just doesn’t get it.

 

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