Andrew Mansell On My Summer Reading Of Walt Before Skeezix And The Bungle Family posted July 14, 2014
Regarding the Bungles:
I've had a working theory that strip reading is best when the avid reader mixes it up. Fast example, I found I could never get very far with Rip Kirby. So for some insane reason I started to alternate between Alex Raymond and Williamson on Secret Agent X-9. The jump from the homogenized '50s to the following decades -- where the world was always on the verge -- made both strips more compelling and much more fun to read. Short story, long: I've had trouble with the Bungles for years. I admired it but the unlikeable characters made me uncomfortable and I would only read small chunks. So I started to alternate between Barnaby and the Bungles (great minds, I tell ya!) and I am having a blast.
Regarding the appeal of the big single panel:
I've felt the same way (I swear this isn't a build up to borrow money from you). When I was young one of my favorite strip to look at were Theyâ€™ll Do It Every time because of the single panel multiple word balloons. I'm thinking it reminded me of the great MAD magazine double page spreads. And as the strips morphed into 1/3 pagers, there was very little variety so the occasional single panel (and a B & W daily to boot!) was a unique treat (Even Billy's Family Circus Ritalin fueled GPS adventures were always a Sunday highlight).