My Cage
This strip follows the life of a jaded twenty-something, who is realizing that the real world isn't all it's cracked up to be.

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Welcome to Comic Strip Archive!


We've compiled links to old comic strips for every comic we could find. Click on the links below or to the left to view strips from the past few years, or even further back in some cases.

Please keep in mind that ComicStripArchive.com does not own the rights to these comic strips, nor do we host them on our server. We just provide an easy-to-navigate group of links to publicly available pages on the web.

This is a great way to find a strip or two you may have missed, or to learn about the back story on a strip you just started reading. Strips that tell a continuous story, like For Better Or For Worse, Judge Parker, and Spiderman, just to name a few, all have a complex array of characters and backstories. It's nice to be able to read the past few years of strips to catch up on the comic strips' history.




Stupid Criminals – Stupid Superheroes

November 18, 2009

Spider-Man – 11.18.2009
Evil Can Wait While I Prepare my Camera!

The criminals in Spider-world are about as dumb as they come.  Fortunately for them, the cops and super hero that also inhabit the tow give them a run for their money.  While the amazing Spiderman holds off on saving the day so he can setup his camera and make a few bucks, the bad guys are escaping the bank, avoiding the cops who apparently haven’t realized that if they take a few steps to the right, they’ll have a nice clear shot.  Speaking of which, is it standard protocol to fire indiscriminately at bank robbers?

Hopefully, we’ll see the return of Super-Pigeon when Spiderman comes back to collect his camera.

Close To Home – 11.18.2009
So is that a detective?  And why is he wearing pajamas and a coat?

Wait, what?  So he setup a gun to shoot himself?  He’s playing some strange type of three-card poker, and he gets shot with a USB pistol.  And how exactly does one cheat at online poker?  Meh.

LuAnn – 11.18.2009
Brad's smile is just a little too weird

…and this wins the award for creepiest panel of the day.  A special prize goes to whoever comes up with the best alternate speech bubble text for this one :)

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Order Has Finally Been Restored (Sort Of)

November 13, 2009
Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 11:20 am

Break out the champagne!  Some of the black and white comics whose archive was not working have now been fixed.  I found another site that displays the comics back many years, and have linked to that site for all possible comics.  This doesn’t fix everything, but it fixes many popular comics, like reader-favorite 9 Chickweed Lane, and Dilbert, among others.

I also took this opportunity to add The Phantom to the archives.  I’m not sure why I missed that one the first time, but it’s there now.

I’ll be adding about 8- new comics in the coming days, including a few that I read daily like Big Nate and Candorville.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

More Changes To The Archives

August 20, 2009

Alright, so it looks like the Houston Chronicle has reactivated the color archives, going back pretty far. The black and white archives are still struggling though,. and I believe I have a solution. I hope to have most of the black and white strips linked to good archives within a week or so.

Also, I’m hoping to start featuring WebComics soon. There are a lot of good ones out there, and hopefully I can help you find some great comics you’ve never heard of. I’m sure there are good web comincs that I don’t know about, so feel free to suggest some to me.

Also, my day job is as a web designer, running Baltimore Website Design and Porcupine Website Design. If you are in need of web design services, please keep me in mind.  Thanks!

Recent Changes To Comic Archives

May 28, 2009
Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 3:40 pm

Many of you have no doubt noticed that the Houston Chronicle has cleaned out their old comics.  I am working on a solution, but it may not be implemented for a few days or even weeks.  Please keep checking back, and I’ll be sure to post when everything is back to normal.

I also hope to post more often, and discuss more comic-related things, especially good web comics, of which there are surprisingly many.

Scandal! Apartment 3-G Stealing Plots From Mary Worth!

February 21, 2009

Here is a scandal that will ROCK THE WORLD OF COMICS!

Here is today’s Apartment 3-G:

Apartment 3-G – 02/21/2009

Here is a Mary Worth strip from two years ago:

Mary Worth – 01/05/2007

Notice any similarities?  Not to mention that the gentlemen in question are both working in Asia at the time.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison:

mary_margo

I smell a lawsuit.  Stay tuned for all the details!

Spiderman: Expositioning Like It’s Nobody’s Business

February 13, 2009
Filed under: Spider-Man — Tags: , , , , , — admin @ 2:18 pm

“Somebody screamed! And all the lights went out!”  Thanks for filling us in Mary Jane.  The “EEEEEE” across the top, and the copious amounts of black ink probably filled most of us in on both of those facts, but maybe some of the slower readers appreciate your keeping them informed.  Of course, describing to Peter exactly what he just saw happen not two seconds before doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but ‘not making logical sense’ is kind of par for the course with this strip.

Spiderman – 02/13/2009

To me, the ironic thing is that when the Spiderman strip unvieled it’s HUGE CHANGE back in January, they used constant large dialog boxes to fill us in on what was going on when they could have used character exposition to catch the readers up on 90% of what was happening.  In this case, Mary Jane insists on describing what’s happening for the benefit of the reader, even when it’s completely unneccessary and mostly nonsensical within the strip’s dialogue.  Meh.

Child Abuse Hilarity!

February 9, 2009
Filed under: Curtis — Tags: , , , , , — admin @ 12:26 pm

So when we last saw Curtis, he was 19 feet tall and asking the police for help after losing his brother at Obama’s Inauguration.

Since then, we’ve seen Barry return home safely, and about a dozen jokes about how Curtis is abused by his parents.

Curtis – 02/07/2009

Curtis – 01/22/2009

Curtis – 01/24/2009

Curtis – 01/27/2009

So let’s see, we’ve implied that Curtis gets beaten with belts, he’s forced to sleep standing up, and his punishment will be worse than getting beaten in an alley or mauled by rabies-infested dogs.  Saturday’s strip about not getting yelled at when other people are around is pretty tame in comparison.

Today, gunk unleashed some sort of Flyspeck Island creature that steals things with it’s tongue, so it looks like this plotline is finally at an end.

Black Apple of Death

Family Circus – 02/09/2009

I’m not sure where Dolly got those apples, but I have a feeling that she’s about to regret that bite she took.  Jeffy seems unsure about whether or not to follow his sister’s lead, but if she could talk him into wearing those royal blue ankle-warmers, he doesn’t stand a chance with the apple.

Spiderman and Electro Really Aren’t so Different

February 6, 2009
Filed under: Family Circus,Spider-Man — Tags: , , , , , — admin @ 10:49 am

So we’ve already seen some similarities between Peter Parker and Electro, and now we’re being shown even more.  It’s like they were separated at birth!

So we’ve spent the last week learning about the history of “Electro”, and we now see him returning home to his family, just like how Spiderman returned home to Aunt May in Sunday’s strip.  Both walk into their house in broad daylight, clad in full super-hero/villian regalia, and then change clothes quickly, hoping that their family members won’t just happen to be in the room when they walk inside the house.

I, for one, can’t wait to see how the final showdown happens.  Peter Parker will freak out because he left his Spider suit in Aunt May’s laundry basket, but then a brick will fall on Electro’s head, making him forget who he is.  All this followed by a surprise ending no one will expect – be ready!

Spiderman – 02/01/2009

Spiderman – 02/06/2009

Death Is Hilarious!

January 28, 2009

What is it about Wednesday that causes cartoonists to use their morbid pen?  Several strips went down the Winkerbean path today, attempting to find humor in death and destruction.  I’m not so sure any of them succeeded.

Close To Home – 1/28/2009

A body bag?  In a (supposedly funny) comic strip?  Seriously?

Bizarro- 1/28/2009

You see, it’s funny because jungle people like to eat humans, but now instead of killing unsuspecting jungle travelers, they can just go down to the supermarket and…. oh, nevermind.

Wizard of Id – 1/28/2009

Nothing garners applause like having your friends and relatives shot through the chest with an arrow or two. I’ll wrap up with this heartwarming B.C.

B.C. – 1/28/2009

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