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Strip For 102079
ID: 3710
Publication Date: 1979-10-20
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: I've Got The One-More-Washload Blues (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly standing in line buying tickets at the movie theatre with 7 kids for Michael's birthday. Godzilla Meets The 3 Bionic Bears
Caption: Seven children... and one demented adult......
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Strip For 012980
ID: 3765
Publication Date: 1980-01-29
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: I've Got The One-More-Washload Blues (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly writes a letter and poem to her mom for her birthday. John gives Elly a backhanded compliment.
Caption: I didn't know you had any talent!
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Strip For 082780
ID: 3881
Publication Date: 1980-08-27
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: I've Got The One-More-Washload Blues (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Birthday cake, mom blowing out candles, singing, Elly, John, Michael, Elizabeth
Caption: Go on, Mom - you can do it. Dad says you're FULL of wind!!
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Strip For 082880
ID: 3882
Publication Date: 1980-08-28
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: I've Got The One-More-Washload Blues (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly's birthday gift, Michael chooses, wraps gift and makes card himself, John
Caption: Thank You
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Strip For 052281
ID: 136
Publication Date: 1981-05-22
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael is proud to be buying Elizabeth a birthday present of bubble bath with his own money. He meets Lawrence on the way home who asks him what's in the bag. Michael downplays his present, saying he had to get some dumb thing for his sister.
Caption: Aw...I hadta get some dumb thing for my stupid sister.
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Strip For 052381
ID: 3680
Publication Date: 1981-05-23
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly is talking to John about planning a birthday party for Elizabeth. Making peanut butter sandwiches, celery and cheese, having cake and jelly, and inviting friends. Elly isn't sure why she is doing all of this work for a 2 year old's party
Caption: ...Ask me why I'm doing this?
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Strip For 052581
ID: 3681
Publication Date: 1981-05-25
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly pulls off Elizabeth's birthday party with Michael and the neighborhood kids in attendance. Asks Anne whether she looks a year older or Liz does. Tired in the party aftermath.
Caption: Who looks a year older...the kid or me?
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Strip For 052681
ID: 4012
Publication Date: 1981-05-26
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly is slumped over the table in the messy kitchen after Elizabeth's birthday party. Michael tells Liz that she gets to have one every year. Elly is not enthused.
Caption: Just think, 'Lizabeth. ..you get to do this every year!!
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Strip For 072981
ID: 4040
Publication Date: 1981-07-29
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: At Ted's cabin, John and Elly have shaved Farley and are washing him with tomato juice. Michael says he doesn't know if he can live with a bald dog. John yells at him to keep quiet if he wants to see another birthday. Elly, Elizabeth.
Caption: you'll KEEP QUIET.
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Strip For 122583
ID: 7147
Publication Date: 1983-12-25
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael and Elizabeth sneak downstairs on Christmas Day. The family opens presents, entertains guests and has a big dinner. Elizabeth looks at the moon and wishes Jesus a Happy Birthday. John, Elly, Phil, Georgia, Farley.
Caption: Happy Birthday, Jesus!
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Strip For 040584
ID: 587
Publication Date: 1984-04-05
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael is planning his birthday party. Elly has a rule about one friend per year so he is only allowed nine friends over. Michael wants to have his 15th birthday early so he can invite more friends over.
Caption: Mom? Can I have my 15th birthday early?
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Strip For 040684
ID: 588
Publication Date: 1984-04-06
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly is driving with Connie in the car. She tells Connie that she has lots of leftover party stuff. She's been buying hats and favors for Michael's birthday. The problem is that when you invite nine children to a party, everything comes in packs of 8.
Caption: Invite 9 kids... and everything on the party rack will be 8 to a package!!
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Strip For 041184
ID: 590
Publication Date: 1984-04-11
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael is writing out his birthday invitations. Elizabeth says she gets to go even if Michael said "no girls." Michael tells her she is insignificant. Elizabeth goes to John and tells him Michael might have used a swear word at her.
Caption: Daddy... I'm not really sure... but I fink Michael SWEARED at me!
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Strip For 041384
ID: 591
Publication Date: 1984-04-13
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael tells Elly about all of the other birthday parties he's been to and wants to know what she has planned. She asks if it's a party or a competition. Michael and Elizabeth look at her blankly. John tells her "May the best mom win!"
Caption: What is this - a birthday party or a competition?!! May the best mom win!!
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Strip For 041484
ID: 592
Publication Date: 1984-04-14
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: John tells Michael about a birthday party he had as a kid. There was a train he wanted and his grandma made a cake with the train. Elizabeth comes in part way and asks if Daddy is telling a story. Michael says it's a rerun.
Caption: and there it was! All shiny and... Daddy telling a story? Sort of. It's a rerun.
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Strip For 041684
ID: 593
Publication Date: 1984-04-16
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly coaches Michael in proper etiquette concerning the reception of his guests who are coming to his birthday party. Greet them properly, no grabbing. Getting presents isn't the reason you invite people to a birthday party. Michael is surprised by this.
Caption: To get more presents is not the reason you invite people to a birthday party. It isn't??
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Strip For 041784
ID: 594
Publication Date: 1984-04-17
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly runs Michael's birthday party. They try breaking balloons, passing peas from spoons held in their mouths, pinning the tail on the donkey. Elly has one prize left. Gordon suggests they play blackjack for it. Lawrence, Elizabeth, Darryl. Janice?
Caption: Hey! Which one of you guys can deal blackjack?
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Strip For 041884
ID: 595
Publication Date: 1984-04-18
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: At Michael's birthday party the kids have played games, opened gifts and now Elly wants them to play quietly while she prepares the food. The kids stampede to the kitchen table. Elly said "food" to a bunch of growing kids. Gordon, Lawrence, Darryl
Caption: You and your guests just play quietly 'till the food is ready. STAMPEDE! I must have said "food".
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Strip For 041984
ID: 596
Publication Date: 1984-04-19
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael's Birthday Party. Elly presents the cake to Michael in the midst of his friends. When she asks him what he wished for, he tells her he wished Elizabeth had swallowed her Jell-O before helping him blow out the candles. Darryl, Lawrence.
Caption: I wish Lizzie'd swallowed her Jell-O before helpin' me blow out the candles.
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Strip For 042084
ID: 597
Publication Date: 1984-04-20
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael's Birthday Party is over. He watches out the livingroom window and laments that it is all over. He asks Elly why birthday parties are so short. Amidst the disaster and chaos she tells him it's so the mothers can live longer. Elizabeth.
Caption: How come birthday parties are so short?!! ... So the mothers who give them ... can live longer.
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Strip For 031587
ID: 6161
Publication Date: 1987-03-15
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: The Lives Behind the Lines (Signed Copies)
A Look Inside...For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies) Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Michael and Elizabeth make a paper hug to send to their Grandma on her birthday. They cut it out of a large roll of paper and decorate it with markers. Elly smiles. Farley.
Caption: It's Grandma's birthday, an' we didn't know what to buy her... so we're sending her a hug! XX Lizzie Wrap this around you and hold it tight! Happy Birthday Grandma. XX Mike
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Strip For 033187
ID: 1129
Publication Date: 1987-03-31
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: At the clinic Jean tells John about the wonderful present she got for her birthday. Her husband signed them up for ballroom dance lessons. John desperately begs her not to tell his wife, otherwise he might have to do the same.
Caption: Do me a favor Jean. Sure! Don't tell my wife!!
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Strip For 042588
ID: 1283
Publication Date: 1988-04-25
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Pushing 40 (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Birthday presents, Elly, Michael, Connie, Gordon, Elizabeth
Caption: The Bigger The Kid, The Bigger The Wish
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Strip For 050488
ID: 4960
Publication Date: 1988-05-04
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Pushing 40 (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Birthday party clean-up, inviting girls next year, liking girl who aren't related to him, Michael, Elly, Elizabeth
Caption: ... As Long As They're Not Related
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Strip For 041389
ID: 5115
Publication Date: 1989-04-13
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: A Look Inside...For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Birthday party plans, getting mom to help organize, Michael, Martha
Caption: Just Get Your Mom To Do It!!
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Strip For 041489
ID: 1442
Publication Date: 1989-04-14
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: A Look Inside...For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Mixed birthday party, Michael, Elly
Caption: By The Way ... How Do You Dim The Lights In The Rec Room?
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Strip For 041989
ID: 5116
Publication Date: 1989-04-19
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: A Look Inside...For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Boy / girl party, birthday, loud music, no dancing, John, Michael, Lawrence, Martha
Caption: Mom Won't Let Us Turn Up The Music
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Strip For 052889
ID: 6764
Publication Date: 1989-05-28
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: A Look Inside...For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Anne, Connie, and Gail take Elly out to her favourite restaurant for her 39th birthday. They've been together through thick and thin. At home Elizabeth asks about presents. Love and Friendship are everything.
Caption: Elizabeth .. That's Everything!!
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Strip For 082691
ID: 5414
Publication Date: 1991-08-26
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Things are Looking Up (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Waking up on 40th birthday morning, dreaded words, Elly, John
Caption: Happy 40th Birthday, Honey!!
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Strip For 040192
ID: 5466
Publication Date: 1992-04-01
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Things are Looking Up (Signed Copies)
Other Books: All About April (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: April's first birthday wish, birthday cake with candle, making a mess, jumping into the cake, Elly, Michael, John, Elizabeth
Caption: April Got Her First Wish!
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Strip For 042892
ID: 2042
Publication Date: 1992-04-28
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Things are Looking Up (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Birthday, turning 16, Michael, Gordon, Brian
Caption: A Man Only Needs Two Things In His Wallet ... An' That's One Of Them
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