Bloom County

“Pear pimples for hairy fishnuts!”

It was born on December 8, 1980. Or hatched. Or spawned. Or…who knows? Bloom County was (and still is!) such a nutso creation that we’re not really sure how to describe its creation.

We just consider ourselves lucky to have been around for it.

The chronicles of Opus (the penguin), Steve Dallas (the male chauvinist cad), Milo Bloom (the precocious pre-teen reporter), Bill the Cat (ACK!), Bobbi Harlow (“Tomato!”), and the rest of the motley crew was one of the freshest and most timely comic strips ever conceived.

Creator Berke Breathed skewered everything from Reagan’s America to Apartheid to the Falklands war, often mercilessly, and it earned actually earned him the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1987—quite the feat for a strip that appeared alongside Cathy and Beetle Bailey every morning.

From “T’aint corn. It’s dope. Take a bushel home for the wife!” to “Gene Simmons Never Had a Personal Computer When He was A Kid”, Bloom County gave us all something to laugh at—never stupid and always hilarious.

And who could forget the debut single from Bill the Cat’s heavy metal band? Included as a flexi-disc in the 1987 collection Billy and the Boingers: Bootleg, “I’m A Boinger/U-Stink-But-I-♥-U” was just the kind of out-of-the-box thinking that cemented the legacy of Bloom County as the pop culture phenomenon it was.

But alas…all things must come to an end, and we said goodbye to our favorite comic strip on August 6, 1989. It was perfect, really, making Bloom County a true child of the 80s.

That is—until July 13, 2015, when the gang returned on Breathed’s Facebook page. Now everyone, young and old, can understand what we’ve known all along…that Bloom County was (and is) one of the best things to emerge from our favorite decade.

We ♥ Bloom County.

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~ by weheart80s on July 6, 2017.

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