Suzanne Scoggins, Director of Women's History


“Will Beetle Bailey ever run out of hideouts where he can catch a nap?” asks the AP, reporting on the U.S. Postal Service’s new series of stamps commemorating the Sunday funnies. “Will Sarge ever tire of tracking him down and putting him to work?”

Here’s another question: Will the folks at the post office ever miss an opportunity to ignore females?

I’m thinking the answer is no.

These are the five Sunday comics chosen for the new stamp series:

  • Beetle Bailey
  • Calvin and Hobbes
  • Archie
  • Garfield
  • Dennis the Menace

Notice anything?

What about Blondie? Cathy? Luann? Little Orphan Annie? Nancy? Agnes? Momma? Even Mary Worth, for pete’s sake? (Obviously humor wasn’t a requirement; when was the last time Beetle Bailey made anybody laugh?)

Would it have killed them to include even one female comic strip? Yeesh.

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3 Responses
  1. David in Ohio says:

    Take heart; Blondie, Little Orphan Annie and Nancy had their moment of postage presence 15 years ago. See my EVE Facebook post for more and a picture of the set!

  2. quixote says:

    Female cartoons got a few mentions at some point in time. Sounds about right for representatives of more than half the human race. No need to go overdoing the thing by, oh, I don’t know, mentioning them again many years later?

  3. Funny Ladies : EVE | Equal Visibility Everywhere says:

    [...] The other day I noted the lack of females in the new Sunday Funnies stamps from the Post Office. [...]