Denver Post kills ‘Doonesbury’ in print edition, readers yawn

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Editor Greg Moore says he’s heard “zip” about “Doonesbury” and the other strips that were cut, including the weekday ‘Peanuts,’ ‘Non Sequitur, Overboard,’ ‘Rhymes with Orange’ and others. (Managing editor/administration Jeanette Chavez got one complaint about the missing “Doonesbury.”) “There’s no mystery why the strips are bidding farewell, print-wise,” writes Michael Roberts. “Last week, [editor Moore] confirmed a 4 percent budget cut and shrinkage to the feature section, where the comics appear, as well as the sports section.”

Denver Business Journal new media editor Mark Harden reacts to the news:

I’m sure the Post is armed with a sheaf of readership data that told its editors that, for example, Beetle Bailey – about a guy who’s been a private for 60 years in an Army that never seems to get deployed anywhere — was worth saving. But still, I was stunned Sunday when I went looking for Doonesbury in my Sunday Post and couldn’t find it – Doonesbury, arguably the most influential, most talked-about strip of the last generation.

> “I don’t think ‘Doonesbury’ will be a legacy strip,” says Trudeau (Nov. 2010)

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  • Mandy Iraha

    It was a little funny in the mid-’80′s when Trudeau had some fun with Ronald Reagan’s “Bear in the Woods” re-election ad. I still laugh over, “Bartender! There’s a bear in my beer!”

  • excalibur

    trudeau is quite taken with himself, a grown man who draws cartoons for a living, and not even good ones, he lost me a long time ago, good riddance.

  • excalibur

    trudeau is quite taken with himself, a grown man who draws cartoons for a living, and not even good ones, he lost me a long time ago, good riddance.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_53YAPDXSTIGEDINDXF46CAB7ZY voted against carter

    This Libratard “toon” is still in print??? Who knew??

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t the Denver Post go out of business?  oh yeah, that was the better paper- Rocky Mountain News.

    The D Post is little more than a minor news aggregate now, with  occasional local human interest stuff thrown in.

    about this doonesberry…..I thought it already went the way of lil abner

  • http://twitter.com/brutony Tj Bea

    Beetle Bailey still ROCKS! Hey, Miss Buxley-MMM, yeah baby! Shes almost as hot as Blondie! The comics are the only part of ther paper you can truly believe in nowadays! And, BTW, Doonesbury has ALWAYS sucked, esp since “evil Reagan” came into office! Gee, have they ever questioned his holiness, O’Bozo? Whens the last century that strip was funny?

  • Anonymous

    The Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes are the gold standard for funny comics that quit before they became unfunny. Doonesbury and Peanuts stopped being funny, as well as Opus/Bloom County long ago. But like Beetle Bailey, their fans don’t care about quality. Peanuts became an ad for Snoopy lunchboxes and plush toys about the time of that moronic song, Snoopy vs. the Red Baron. Doonesbury is just bitter and angry; Trudeau threw a tantrum when Reagan was elected and quit, only to return without his original muse. Berke Breathed must have sustained a head injury when he experienced his parachute crash landing, because the edge was gone.

    Neil Young was right: better to burn out than rust.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1588896122 Rich Drees

    The strip has been available online for years, just showing how irrelevant an actual newspaper print edition has become.

  • Anonymous

    I’m curious, in what way was Mr. Trudeau’s clock cleaned?

    – MrJM

  • http://twitter.com/mikehill33 mikehill33

    I thought Singleton killed DPO in his hack n slash days? Who knew they were still around???

  • Anonymous

    “… Beetle Bailey – about a guy who’s been a private for 60 years in an Army that never seems to get deployed anywhere…”

    Neither is Doonesbury worth saving, as he has been unfunny since 1980 or so. (Before that, it was very funny.) It’s been a left-wing smug fest since then. It’s little wonder people like Berkeley Breathed came in and cleaned Trudeau’s clock.