In the years that I’ve been collecting, I’ve noticed a strange dichotomy among comic collectors and fans regarding comic strips. Many times, the two forms are treated as separate and distinct entities (even though comic book art as we know it evolved from collections of newspaper strip-art), with strips considered to be “lesser.” Part of this, I’m sure, stems from the fact that newspaper strips were/are even more disposable than traditional comic books, and much harder to find or collect. Even with the extensive work of artists like Will Eisner, George Herriman and the decades-long narration of Garry Trudeau (among countless others), comic strips are still often dismissed as assembly-line kid’s stuff. Even though comic books have been able to embrace an older audience (or, to be honest, the aging of their existing one), it’s difficult to argue that the average mindless crossover fighty-fighty is quantitatively superior to Calvin & Hobbes or the best of The Far Side.
Also, Snoopy could totally beat up Batman.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has never found a satisfactory answer to this question, even within my own mind, asking: In your eyes, are comic books and comic strips artistic equals?