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Postal Service to issue ‘Sunday Funnies’ stamps, honor cartoonists on July 16

The "Sunday Funnies" stamps from the United States Postal Service

The "Sunday Funnies" stamps from the United States Postal Service

The “Sunday Funnies” stamps announced earlier this year by the United States Postal Service will be issued July 16, kicking off at 10:30 a.m. with a dedication ceremony at The Ohio State University, home of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

The five stamps honor Archie, Beetle Bailey, Calvin and Hobbes, Dennis the Menace and Garfield, so it’s fitting that the ceremony’s guests include Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker, Garfield creator Jim Davis, Dennis the Menace artists Marcus Hamilton and Ron Ferdinand, Archie newspaper strip writer Craig Goldman and Calvin and Hobbes editor Lee Salem.

See larger images of the stamp artwork, and read the text from the back of the “Sunday Funnies” pane, after the break:

The Sunday Funnies pane of 20 stamps honors five of the nation’s most beloved comic strips:  Archie, Beetle Bailey, Dennis the Menace, Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes. The strips, as well as their characters, may have changed over the years, yet each nevertheless remains an enduring classic.

USPS Archie stamp

USPS Archie stamp

Offering an idealized portrait of American adolescence, Archie existed only in comic-book form before debuting in newspapers in 1946. A typical small-town teenager with a knack for goofing things up, 17-year-old Archie Andrews is often torn between haughty brunette Veronica Lodge and sweet, blonde Betty Cooper.

USPS Beetle Bailey strip

USPS Beetle Bailey strip

A military strip with universal appeal, Beetle Bailey first appeared in September 1950. Possibly the laziest man in the army, Private Beetle Bailey is an expert at sleeping and avoiding work. His chronic indolence antagonizes Sergeant Orville P. Snorkel, who is tough on his men but calls them “my boys.”

USPS Dennis the Menace stamp

USPS Dennis the Menace stamp

Dennis the Menace follows the antics of Dennis Mitchell, a good-hearted but mischievous little boy who is perpetually “five-ana-half” years old. His curiosity tests the patience of his loving parents and neighbors, guaranteeing that their lives are anything but dull. The comic debuted in March 1951 as a single-panel gag.

USPS Garfield stamp

USPS Garfield stamp

Garfield first waddled onto the comics page in June 1978. Self-centered and cynical, the crabby tabby hates Mondays and loves lasagna. He lives with Jon Arbuckle, a bumbling bachelor with a fatally flawed fashion sense, and Odie, a dopey-but-devoted dog.

USPS Calvin and Hobbes stamp

USPS Calvin and Hobbes stamp

Calvin and Hobbes explores the fantasy life of six-year-old Calvin and his tiger pal, Hobbes. The inseparable friends ponder the mysteries of the world and test the fortitude of Calvin’s parents, who never know where their son’s imagination will take him. The strip ran from November 1985 to December 1995.

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This is awesome, but it would be great if they also sold these in separate panes. I appreciate the influence that all of these comic strips have had, but I really just want the Calvin and Hobbes stamp.

I’m reminded of the MAD satire of the first batch of the Comics Stamps, with additional panels added to the single images which were just part of a larger story. In today’s internet age, the following could apply to these properties:

Beetle Baily – Sarge would whip Beetle up into another slushy mess just like every other time he outmatches the lazy private in a one-sided fight.

Archie – they would be the extremely stiff lifeless versions, because that’s what the kids are attracted to nowadays, right?

Garfield – could be best shown with any of the top 10/20 completely insane single panels that could be organized in any way possible to create new strips more imaginative than anything Jim Davis or Paws Inc. could think up on their own.

Calvin & Hobbes – would be ______ & _______, portraying the J.D. Salinger reclusiveness of Bill Watterson, as well as the lack of anything that could match up to the two’s imagination. (Save for Pooch Cafe)

Dennis the Menance – really just a watered-down Bart or Calvin, and wouldn’t stand a chance against these two.

Amazing stamps, great stuff for comic and cartoon stamp collectors.

Dennis is the best

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