By: Dave Astor
About 25% of America’s more than 200 syndicated comics included Sept. 11 themes today — with approaches ranging from subtle to direct.
“Mutts” by Patrick McDonnell of King Features Syndicate showed his dog character saying, “Heal.” The “One Big Happy” strip by Rick Detorie of Creators Syndicate pictured the names of the Sept. 11 dead among the stars in the sky.
“Mallard Fillmore” by Bruce Tinsley of King printed the Pledge of Allegiance in white letters against a black background. “Gasoline Alley” by Jim Scancarelli of Tribune Media Services showed the Statue of Liberty and the words “Permit us to pause a moment to remember and pray.”
And Aaron McGruder — a rare voice questioning hyperpatriotism in the U.S. last fall — wrote in his Universal Press Syndicate-distributed “Boondocks” comic: “Today, the Freeman clan observes Sept. 11 in what is quickly becoming the new American way to celebrate all days of major national significance. … Which basically involves sitting in the safety of their home anxiously hoping disaster doesn’t strike, while people on TV talk about how brave and resilient we are as Americans.”